Some Like It Bad: Testing a Model for Perceiving and Experiencing Fictional Characters

@article{Konijn2005SomeLI,
  title={Some Like It Bad: Testing a Model for Perceiving and Experiencing Fictional Characters},
  author={Elly A. Konijn and Johan F. Hoorn},
  journal={Media Psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={7},
  pages={107 - 144}
}
We developed an encompassing theory that explains how readers of fiction and spectators of motion pictures establish affective relationships with fictional characters (FCs). The perceiving and experiencing fictional characters (PEFiC) theory is anchored in art perception, psychological aesthetics, and social and emotion psychology and addresses both the complexity and intrinsic affectivity involved in media exposure. In a between-subject design (N = 312), engagement and appreciation were… 

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