"All of Hollywood is run on one assumption: that women will watch stories about men, but men won’t watch stories about women… All of the decisions are made based on this - this concrete fact - and nobody’s ever really proved that that’s true. I think it’s a horrible indictment of our society of we assume that one-half of the population is just not interested in the other half”
-Geena Davis, Actor & Activist
There is work to be done but all I want to do is READ
This is my life..
Fortunately, parts of my job involve reading. ;) It’s not always stuff I’d choose to read, but I do learn all sorts of weird tidbits that I use to entertain my friends.
It’s more than cosplay. When immersed in a fictional world, your mind can let go of its self-identity, and unconsciously connect with a fictional character’s behaviors and thoughts.
A phenomenon called “experience-taking” is thought to be at the heart of this behavior. It’s not the same as just sharing a character’s perspective. The readers actually transformed their world view to match the characters if presented in the right way. I think the most interesting part of this work is when they repeated the test with movies. The effect didn’t hold up. It seems like sitting in a theater doesn’t stimulate the unconscious changes that immersing yourself in a written character does.
Ever happened to you?