Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Empathy

Recently I've been trying to read for pleasure more, and I've noticed something weird...

I've been adopting the emotions of the story. Currently I'm reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles {very dramatic and quite torrid} which is divided into multiple phases, each having an different overall feel. The further I get into the novel, the more I notice myself emotionally associating with it. When it's sad and depressing I feel melancholic; when it's romantic I feel carefree and tender. Never before have I noticed this kind of emotional connection with reading - does this ever happen to you?

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