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This happens to me all the time. I find a book, read it, get totally sucked into it, become too emotionally attached and so then when I finish it, I feel like somebody has just told me there is no tomorrow...
I literally feel so upset, it's a horrible feeling
I think I understand why I get sad, probably because I become so attached to the story and the characters in it, however I have no idea how to stop this feeling or lessen it!! Anybody out there who ever gets the same feeling? And maybe anyone who knows of a way to stop this feeling? Any comments/advice are appreciated x

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I do for a bit but get over it quickly :|


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This happens to me all the time. I find a book, read it, get totally sucked into it, become too emotionally attached and so then when I finish it, I feel like somebody has just told me there is no tomorrow...
I literally feel so upset, it's a horrible feeling
I think I understand why I get sad, probably because I become so attached to the story and the characters in it, however I have no idea how to stop this feeling or lessen it!! Anybody out there who ever gets the same feeling? And maybe anyone who knows of a way to stop this feeling? Any comments/advice are appreciated x

(By the way, I know this isn't really an 'Everyday issue,' but there wasn't another remotely relevant topic to choose from!)
Omg! I feel this ALL the time when I finish reading a good book! It's like when I finally bring myself to close the book, the whole world is just moving on, and I feel like I'm stuck in the story because I'm so absorbed in it.

You kind of get emotionally-attached to the characters, and sometimes you even feel like you want their life because yours will never be that good and adventurous.

Sometimes I'm even reluctant to start reading new books because it happens all the time - especially when you do English Literature at A level and pursuing it for university.

*sighs*
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I don't really know how to stop it, I take it as a sign of a really good story or book that can make me feel a sense of loss after I stop reading. It's part of what draws me to actually reading and engaging with literature. I'm not sure I'd particularly want to get rid of it, since there's a sense of accomplishment/fulfillment that goes with it.
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Omg! I feel this ALL the time when I finish reading a good book! It's like when I finally bring myself to close the book, the whole world is just moving on, and I feel like I'm stuck in the story because I'm so absorbed in it.

You kind of get emotionally-attached to the characters, and sometimes you even feel like you want their life because yours will never be that good and adventurous.

Sometimes I'm even reluctant to start reading new books because it happens all the time - especially when you do English Literature at A level and pursuing it for university.

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I know, it really is like I'm stuck in the story! Even though I'm still feeling a little down, I'm trying to make myself separate it from reality, 'cos I think I also get a bit sad 'cos I want a life like the characters..
Thanks so much for your post
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I do for a bit but get over it quickly :|


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Yeh it normally takes me a little while to get over it...but then I'll just end up reading another good book and feeling the same thing! It's like an endless cycle... :/
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recently I've been reading a lot of books about rape and abuse and it makes me sad but I like emotionally disturbing (maybe not the right word) books...
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I don't really know how to stop it, I take it as a sign of a really good story or book that can make me feel a sense of loss after I stop reading. It's part of what draws me to actually reading and engaging with literature. I'm not sure I'd particularly want to get rid of it, since there's a sense of accomplishment/fulfillment that goes with it.
Yeh I guess it does show a sign of a well-written book...but I never thought reading would have this effect on me. I suppose it is a bit like a sense of fulfillment, but for me it's like a sense of loss more than anything. Thanks anyway
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(Original post by Giannaaa123)
This happens to me all the time. I find a book, read it, get totally sucked into it, become too emotionally attached and so then when I finish it, I feel like somebody has just told me there is no tomorrow...
I literally feel so upset, it's a horrible feeling
I think I understand why I get sad, probably because I become so attached to the story and the characters in it, however I have no idea how to stop this feeling or lessen it!! Anybody out there who ever gets the same feeling? And maybe anyone who knows of a way to stop this feeling? Any comments/advice are appreciated x

(By the way, I know this isn't really an 'Everyday issue,' but there wasn't another remotely relevant topic to choose from!)
I understand what you mean. It feels so real reading it and after reaching the ending and you finish the book you realise it wasn't and feel cheated (well I do). It's more of a deflated feeling though.

Of course, I'm assuming you're speaking about fictional books. After I finish reading my A2 Chemistry book, I like to think I'll be jumping in sheer joy
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recently I've been reading a lot of books about rape and abuse and it makes me sad but I like emotionally disturbing (maybe not the right word) books...
But the thing is I get this feeling even after reading a book with a happy ending... I guess I sort of develop this connection with the characters as I'm reading, so I guess when the book ends, it's like losing a friend I suppose...And I know what you mean about those sort of books, they make me horrendously sad but I still get drawn to reading them!
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Thats why you never read the last chapter... the book never ends that way.
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I understand what you mean. It feels so real reading it and after reaching the ending and you finish the book you realise it wasn't and feel cheated (well I do). It's more of a deflated feeling though.

Of course, I'm assuming you're speaking about fictional books. After I finish reading my A2 Chemistry book, I like to think I'll be jumping in sheer joy
Yeh I completely agree with that! But I can never stop reading, even if it means getting this feeling afterwards..
And oh yes definitely fictional books, a Chemistry book gets me crying for completely different reasons haha
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Thats why you never read the last chapter... the book never ends that way.
Hmm..sounds tempting...but I could never do that, I'd just dwell on what the ending would've been :P
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Yeh I completely agree with that! But I can never stop reading, even if it means getting this feeling afterwards..
And oh yes definitely fictional books, a Chemistry book gets me crying for completely different reasons haha
Hahahaha definitely! And same, despite that feeling I still end up reading a lot books. It's like an addiction!
Do you find good books hard to find after you've read a lot of books? I don't know why I can't
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If it's a good book, I always feel sad when it's over. A good writer makes you feel close to his/her characters and when the last chapter is over, it's like being separated from friends...the journey you've taken with them is over.

The same goes for movies and TV series. I'll be seriously depressed when I finish watching Breaking Bad.

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Thats why you never read the last chapter... the book never ends that way.
Do you actually do this?
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Hahahaha definitely! And same, despite that feeling I still end up reading a lot books. It's like an addiction!
Do you find good books hard to find after you've read a lot of books? I don't know why I can't
Omg yes, it really is an addiction!! Haha. And there was this one time where I read this absolutely amazing book, which had me completely attached that my heart may as well have been chained to the front cover, that I couldn't find another book after it that was good enough...I suppose it's like boyfriends/girlfriends...you find that one special person, your relationship ends and you just can't find anybody else who lives up to that expectation..
But anyway, I have managed to find more good books, it just takes a little research (try Goodreads.com) and also I managed to completely detach myself from that one amazing book.

-Oh, just to let you know, Sarah Alderson is an AWESOME author..you might like her books
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If it's a good book, I always feel sad when it's over. A good writer makes you feel close to his/her characters and when the last chapter is over, it's like being separated from friends...the journey you've taken with them is over.

The same goes for movies and TV series. I'll be seriously depressed when I finish watching Breaking Bad.

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Absolutely, I definitely get the same thing with good movies and TV series.
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Yeah! After reading Demian by Herman Hesse I shut the book and kinda just lay there for a while. I found it very sad.

And in the book I'm currently reading, Wool, a really innocent character died and even though he wasn't a main character, it really upset me :sad: I actually said "oh my god no" out loud :lol:

I love that kind of book though. The type where you actually feel emotionally connected to the characters.
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Do you actually do this?
For books I absolutely loved (hunger games trilogy, Shadow Children), yea. I know what happens eventually but I never actually finished the book.
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