Let’s Talk About: How You Picture Characters

I’m starting a new series on this blog called “Let’s talk about…”where we can all discuss certain things about reading whether that be where we read, how we started reading, how we picture things etc. Let me know what you guys think of this series and if you like today’s post!

Picturing the setting, characters, world etc. is a pretty much essential thing when it comes to reading. But, I feel like it’s a topic not too many people talk about for some reason.

But, imagining the characters is an important part of diving into the story and everyone has their own way of doing it. For me a character is more of a feeling or an impression. I don’t see the details of a character and I don’t have a clear picture of them in my head just a feeling and a sense of them. I know their features like say, their hair color or their eye color but I can’t picture it all together. I know where the character would be positioned and I know what they’re doing but I have to strain to really see it clearly.

If I do picture a character, it’s because there’s been a movie or TV show adaptation and even then I have to really think about seeing that person. Occasionally, I also see more cartoon like characters while I read.

What made me wonder about this was that some people say that an actor or actress portraying a book character in an adaptation looks nothing like how they pictured the character but, it usually doesn’t bother me at all as long as they have the essence of that character and pretty much match their description.

How do you picture characters? I’d love to know if any one else sees them like I do or if you have a different way of seeing them!

Happy Reading!



6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About: How You Picture Characters

  1. emmyfictionaire says:

    I totally get you! For me, it’s like when you’re in a dream and someone you know is in it, but you can’t actually see them. Like you know exactly what they look like but all you see is a blurry, abstract figure, if that makes any sense. 🙂

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  2. Cameran says:

    Hey! This is such a great series idea, and I agree with many of the points you brought up. For me, characters always come alive based on the voice they form in my head while reading. Once that voice is cemented I begin to get a true feel for them, which is what enhances my reading experience. This can only happen when a character is written well, however; otherwise, I never get a voice for them at all and never forge a connection.

    Because of this whole voice connection thing I have, it has become impossible for me to listen to audiobooks of a story I have already read. The narrator typically never matches my feel for the character and its grating 😀

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  3. Maha @younicornreads says:

    this is a really interesting topic!
    i actually thought about it because one of my friends told me she couldn’t picture the characters faces when she was reading, only the bodies. strange, isn’t it?
    i, personally, am able to picture characters, but like you, not reaaaaallly well, except if i had seen the movie/tv-show. but i love to picture it like that, i don’t know why!

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