Friday, April 10, 2009

Emotional Investment

In almost all forms of entertainment, emotional investment seems to be key. I know I talked about American Idol earlier, and I'm not going to bore you with more American Idol details, but let's just say, I'm emotionally invested in one of the contestants (ANOOP!) and that's why I keep tuning in. Books are pretty similar. To keep turning the pages, or buying books in a series, you have to be emotionally invested in at least one character.

One series I was emotionally invested in--along with, like, half the world--was Harry Potter. While I, of course, was just as interested in Harry and his quests as everyone else, my most genuine emotional investment involved Hermione and Ron. I think it's because I could really relate to Hermione. I have the bushy brown hair and everything! Since book four or so, I've been on the edge of my seat, waiting for Ron and Hermione to finally be together.

Another book I was emotionally invested in was The Catcher in the Rye. Again, it was the relatability and sympathy of Holden that made me feel this way. I wanted him to not be so lost. I wanted things to be okay for him.

More recently, I just finished reading Jellicoe Road (which is the book I was talking about in my last post). In the beginning of the book, I was not as invested in the main character, Taylor, but by the end, I cared so much about her. I was outraged when she didn't get the information she deserved and was devestated along with her at a disaster towards the end. The book, overall, was very good by the way, and I highly reccomend it.

What are some books you all were emotionally invested in, and what do you think makes you emotionally invest in a book or a character?


  1. Right now I'm reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and I'm definitely emotionally invested. For me, I find I'm drawn to relatable, broken characters. I want to see them "fixed".

  2. I just read Sloppy Firsts and I was emotionally invested in that :) I was also emotionally invested in Pride and Prejudice (I LOVE that book) and The Catcher in the Rye. I'm not exactly sure what makes me emotionally invested, but I think it's to do with whether the characters are truly alive/remind me of someone I know/just have such an amazing story and are incredibly well developed.

    I guess emotional investment differs from person to person though, since I know quite a few people who HATE The Catcher in the Rye.