It’s been annoying me recently that people have been acting snobbishly over people who know about The Great Gatsby novel ‘just because they were made to read it at school’. Coming across a book because it’s on the school curriculum does not mean that you like it less or have less right to like it than someone who discovered it differently, if anything English courses are supposed to encourage people to appreciate the classics.
This. So true.
long story short
descriptor words in stories access the limbic system, causing you to basically perceive words in a similar way you would access memories. so when characters are hurt or die in stories, especially if you’ve gathered enough emotional attachment (which hey, is real. you are actually emotionally attached to this character thanks to your *~BRAIN~*), it is like your most loved grandmother dying on you.