People often sneer at fans of TV soaps for believing that the characters are ‘real’. But isn’t that the power of a good story — captivating the imagination ever since men and women huddled round fires in caves? Just for that short time, the characters are alive.
And what happens to them matters.
After all, people wrote in their hundreds to Charles Dickens when he ‘let’ Little Nell die in The Old Curiosity Shop. Some never forgave him. That’s because stories may entertain, but they still carry much more punch than mere entertainment.
(Source: Daily Mail)