Do you ever find yourself thinking about characters long after you've finished a book? Yesterday I was driving and heard the song "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba. I immediately thought of Mac from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. I was remembering how she and Barrons danced to "Tubthumping", and I got emotional thinking about them. Admittedly, I'm still very emotional only three weeks after giving birth, but I confess that a tear came to my eye when I thought about their love.
This happens to me a lot---not the crying---but thinking of a book's characters at the oddest times. I'll be the first to tell you that I thought about Edward Cullen obsessively after finishing the Twilight Saga. I didn't think I'd love any character like I loved him---until I fell for Dimitri from Vampire Academy. Edward was my first fictitious boyfriend, and I've had several since him: Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse novels, Jared from The Host, all of the Brothers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Bones from the Night Huntress series. I'm going to stop here, but you get my drift.
But it's not just the guys that I remember...when I really connect with a character, I think about them for long after the book is over. I'm still in awe of Carys from Ken Follet's World Without End, and Hadassah of Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion trilogy. My husband thinks I'm weird: characters stay fictitious for him and when he finishes a book, he can't even tell you any of the characters names or anything about the plot, while I can sometimes quote specific lines from the book!
When you finish a book, do you still think of the characters later? Or, once the book is over, is your relationship with the characters over?