By Anna Gratz Cockerille
Consider for a moment your favorite fiction books. Perhaps while you were reading these books, you followed the plot closely, hanging on the edge of your seat as you read on to find out what peril, joy, mystery, or heartbreak would come next. But when you think now of your favorite books, it could be that you find it difficult to recall all of the plot’s twists and turns. But you remember the characters. You think of them as you think of old friends, with their nuances, insecurities, desires, and dreams. After all, it is the characters, really, who invite us to fall in love with books and who linger far after we’ve read the final words.