After studying the assigned reading The Handbook of Communication Science, Second Edition, Chapter 20: “Media Entertainment” and considering the topic of parasocial relationships, answer the following questions or prompts.
A) Identify a character in a show with whom you have developed (in the past or present) a parasocial relationship. Remember, this person can be real or a character role. Explain why this character/person is compelling to you.
B) How do you know or view this character outside of their role on the show? Have they influenced you in any way besides the aspect of entertainment?
C) Explain any emotional attachment to the character or person. Have they disappointed you? Motivated you? How and why?