Calling all who get extremely emotionally invested in fictional characters and pay the price.
Okay I figure this thread gives me the best chance of reaching other readers suffering from the same thing...Book hangovers. When you finish a book-or heaven forbid a series- and your entire soul feels almost empty. Happy ending or not, you're just LACKING something because you've been so attached to the characters for so long and now it's just over. No more adventures, or hilarious comments from the snarky sidekick you've grown to love. No more life or death stakes, or adorable, butterfly inducing romantic scenes. Now obviously you can experience the same thing (and if you're an avid reader there really is no other option,) but for the time being you're left with what I can only describe as a hangover.
You want to move on and read some thing else, but you just can't push the old characters aside so swiftly, not after you've been through so much together.You experienced everything the characters did, and sure you'll cherish the memories one day, but for now you can't move on with your life without feeling like there is something missing. It's like you've lost real friends.
In my opinion the memory of a story powerful enough to leave you with real emotions will certainly last you a lifetime (insert overused -but still loved- JK Rowling quote here,) and yet the feeling of finality can often times be so brutal that the resulting hangover feels closer to a mourning period.
Has anyone else gone through this after reading a novel/series that you really cherished?