Or, at least for me. Pretty much all of the shows I watch--Grey's Anatomy, Doctor Who, Fringe, Downton Abbey--have been a moderate to major amount of heartbreaking, to the point where I am afraid to turn on Switched at Birth tonight. But it all has me wondering, what about these shows (and these characters) makes people like my roommate and I so invested in their lives that we can pick apart the episodes and have major feelings about them for longer than the actual duration of the episode? Is it, in the case of Doctor Who or Fringe, that viewers have been getting to know these characters over the course of years and think of them as old friends, or is it something more?
I think it has to be. I got completely squeeful over Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken, and I was only with Kami and the others for a few hundred pages. In other books, I like the characters, but I'm not flailing over them. (Really. I flail.) What makes the difference?
I don't really have an answer to this, it's just something I'm thinking about. Maybe I'll go through the list of characters I obsess with and try to dig under the surface of what makes them tick.