The Theory of Narrative.
Source – Bal, M,1997. Narratology. Second Edition, Canada, University of Toronto Press.
This book is so hard to read…
Page 114 – From actors to characters
“Characters resemble people.” – Hell yes they do! “They are fabricated creatures made up from fantasy, imitation, memory: paper people, without flesh and blood.” – Bal is basically saying that narrative thrives off the idea of character-effect. This is where we feel an emotional bond with a character even though we know them to be fictional. It is the fact that characters are representations of humans so we see them as we see other humans, we cry, laugh and everything else for these characters.