Transposing the Self
When you read, how do you see the characters? Do you substitute yourself, for them? How about a short story where the character has no name, and lacks a description? Do you just fill in the blanks with whatever you have lying around?
I ask because a coworker has taken to calling me, Corwin, instead of my real name. As he reads through my novel, he says that whenever Corwin speaks, he hears me speak and sees my face in place of Corwin's. To my coworker, I am Corwin, and I have written a fictional story about myself.
He isn't the first to say that, and so it got me thinking: Does everyone else read me into the story, or have they substituted someone else?