Have you met my fictional boyfriend?
I have a confession to make: I’m in love with a fictional character. Actually, I’m in love with several fictional characters. I know the logistics of these relationships don’t exactly add up. They are fictitious fantasies that more or less reside in my mind. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t real.
Now, I know this is the point where you’re thinking “this chick is crazy.” But, let’s be honest. You’re in love with one, or maybe several fictional characters yourself. You can’t deny it. It happens to all of us. Whether it be a favorite literary character (Edward Cullen) or a TV bad boy (Dean Winchester), there is no denying you haven’t thought about them in a purely indulgent daydream.
Fictional characters are our gateway to having that ideal relationship we all crave for. In these dreams we can be whoever we want and they can be whoever we want them to be. It’s an ideal situation, really. The fact that we admire, relate to, or just think they’re gorgeous and amazing is only part of it.
What I’m always interested in, is why do we get so attached? Is it the fact that we know no one like them? Let’s face it, I haven’t come across a mega-hot demon hunter or a vampire soulmate, lately. Or is it the fact that they lead more interesting lives? I would give anything to take a ride in the Impala and kill a ghost or two, maybe knock down a few houses in my spare time.
The truth is that maybe it’s just fun having fantastic fictional lives with fictional characters. The stresses of day-to-day life are enough to make anyone go insane. So in our spare time, no matter how little it is, it’s great to just leave everything behind and think about that special fictitious character of our dreams. No matter what, don’t let anyone deny you of this guilty pleasure. We shouldn’t hide it or be ashamed. We have to stand up and confess our love. We have to say, “Hey, I know you’re fictional, but I love you (Insert name here).”
Fictional characters from books, movies, or TV are the bread and butter of a fangirl’s imagination, or anyone’s imagination, really. We need them to survive, and I am not being over-dramatic here. I’m sure the mental health of others is well benefited from fictitious daydreams. Where would we be . . .
Wait. I’m sorry, Dean Winchester was on my television. I must have lost my train of thought. Now, where was I?
What fictional characters do you have unhealthy relationships with? Why do you think we get so attached? Is it just a fangirl thing? Tell me in the comments!