Why Fans Want Television And Movie Characters To Be Real Couples And The Dangers Of Illusion

Why Fans Want Television And Movie Characters To Be Real Couples And The Dangers Of Illusion
Source: Twilight/Summit Entertainment

Have you ever watched a television show or movie, fallen in love with the characters' and actors' on-screen chemistry and then wished the couple were a real-life pair? If so, you aren't alone. There's something that says to audience members, these characters are so fantastic, they should be in love in real life. It happens more often than you might think and if you ever follow actors on social media, you'll quickly see how prevalent the situation is. In fact, it's actually a sign that the television show or movie is a success.

When Edward and Bella become Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart the couple, fans were thrilled. But those relationships are often difficult to maintain, and sometimes fans lose themselves in the fantasy of the on-screen relationship that in reality, is just as ordinary as anyone else's. Fans can also exhibit extreme behavior when a fantasy relationship ends.

While it's common to see actors work together and develop a close, off-set relationship that sometimes leads to a relationship or even marriage (and maybe several marriages such as with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) the truth is that just because two actors have amazing on-screen chemistry doesn't mean they should be together offset. Sometimes fans become so obsessed with the on-screen lives of their characters that they have difficulty separating the fact that actors have real lives, apart from the set, that includes relationships with other people.

Sometimes fans become so obsessed with the on-screen lives of their characters that they have difficulty separating the fact that actors have real lives, apart from the set, that includes relationships with other people.

Before the days of social media, what fans thought about actors, the characters they play, and whom they were romantically involved didn't mean much. A fan would have to wait for a television interview or news article to get a bit of juicy gossip about their favorite actor's love life.

Today much has changed.

Fans not only keep up with every little detail about an actor's personal life, they can quickly turn on someone based upon a photo, a video clip, or the latest report.

When Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez broke up, fans were devastated. Though Bieber has moved on to find his spiritual path and Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are developing their relationship, there remain numerous fans who are furious that Selena and Justin are no longer together.

Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are revered for their television characters of Jamie and Claire. Fans flock to numerous events to see the two together. At the same time, there are fans who have trouble understanding that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are not a couple and are in their own relationships with other people.

Over the weekend, some upset fans wrote vile messages on Heughans's girlfriend's social media accounts.

For some, the fantasy of online characters becomes a disturbing diversion from the reality of their own lives as they begin to obsess about the people who play roles.

There are many celebrities who interact with their fans, and some will use social media networks to communicate with them directly.

While this type of interaction helps increase a fan base and a celebrity's status, it is imperative that fans remember actors are doing a job. When they play a character, it is a job. The job ends and they move on.

Only the character lives forever.

If you've fallen in love with characters and the fantasy life depicted on screen, good. That means the actors have succeeded at their job. The created a portrayal of another person that the audience connected with and loved. But the actor will move on and take on additional roles.

Fans must always remember to keep a healthy balance between falling in love with a character and the fact that the actor who portrayed the role is a real person, with a separate life, doing a job.

Have you witnessed dangerous or stalking behavior on social media networks that was directed towards an actor or other celebrity? Did you report it? How did you handle it?

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