*curtsies* I am so tired of people constantly telling me "it's just a book" or "it's not real" whenever I get feelings over a book and get a little(or a lot) excited, sad, angry etc. It's not as if my feelings aren't real even if the book I'm reading isn't. Is there something bad over expressing what I feel, because people keep on telling me to "get real, it's just a book." ? I've became wary of reading around people. What could I say to these people? I feel like I am doing something wrong.
*Curtsies* Fuck those people. Nobody thinks it’s weird that grown-ass men scream their heads off at the fucking TV when their favorite sports team is losing, but for some reason as soon as you have an emotional reaction to a piece of art it’s weird. I call bullshit.
As to more practical advice: I would just counter with the question, “Have you never teared up during a movie? Has a song never made you feel happy or sad or reminded you of something painful? Have you never looked at a work of art and been moved? Because a book–the right book–can provoke the same reaction.” I their answer is ‘no’ just give up and go back to your book because that person is hopeless. You’re doing nothing wrong. Carry on.