“Wide awake, alert, enthusiastic.” My old roommate—the Druggie—used to say this when she was trying to convince herself (or me) to wake up as we stumbled around in our living room. Sometimes it was said with heavy, heavy sarcasm; sometimes through a yawn; and sometimes with such perkiness that she endangered her life by merely being in the same room with me.
Today would be one of those life endangering days.
What’s said is that I used to be a morning person, but ever sense this addiction to coffee my early morning awareness and intelligence levels have fallen dramatically.
(As if y’all didn’t know Starbucks was “the Evil” before they raised their prices again on Monday.)
That said, let me preface this with the acknowledgment that I might have asked this before (and boy do I hate repeating myself), but:
When you are reading, do you ever find characters that mirror some of your friends and enemies in real life?
Sure I know that “no character in this story is based on a real life person” blah di blah di blah, but I’ve found myself irrationally loving and hating certain characters just because they remind me of friends, family members or those I would rather not be bothered with. Sometimes it’s their physical characteristics, and sometimes it’s their attitude. I know that I’ve been able to identify with characters many others found uncompromising or those who others claim of TSTL moments because I’ve seen that “thought process/actual outcome” happen to someone I know.
Does this connection with real life work for you, strengthening your connection to the narrative? Or does it pull you out of the story because you can’t separate character from fact?
Please tell me I’m not the only one. That might be a greater offense than asking me if I’m wide awake, alert, enthusiastic.