One of the things I look for in a good story is whether I can connect to the characters or not.
Lucky for me, I usually can. That’s why I say I haven’t met a book I don’t like. But some books are extra special.
These are the books in which I know exactly how a character must be feeling in a given moment. I may not have all the same experiences yet, but the sentiments conveyed in them are ones I know very well.
I’ve always had this ability – to relate a something a character is going though to something I’m going through or something I’ve been through previously. Sometimes the emotions that I feel are so strong that I kind of freeze up, and I have to take a few deep breaths to let the moment pass.
Another way I connect to characters is that they have something I want. It’s usually a sense of belonging or a close knit family, but maybe I’ll save that explanation for another post.
Is this normal, or should I just accept that I am now more of a weirdo than I once thought I was?