Emotion and narrative fiction: Interactive influences before, during, and after reading.

@article{Mar2011EmotionAN,
  title={Emotion and narrative fiction: Interactive influences before, during, and after reading.},
  author={Raymond A. Mar and Keith Oatley and Maja Djikic and Justin B. Mullin},
  journal={Cognition & emotion},
  year={2011},
  volume={25 5},
  pages={818-33}
}
Emotions are central to the experience of literary narrative fiction. Affect and mood can influence what book people choose, based partly on whether their goal is to change or maintain their current emotional state. Once having chosen a book, the narrative itself acts to evoke and transform emotions, both directly through the events and characters depicted and through the cueing of emotionally valenced memories. Once evoked by the story, these emotions can in turn influence a person's… CONTINUE READING
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