Aside from hearing the characters’ voices in my head when I read books, another odd thing I do when reading has to do with names. If a character has the same name as someone I know, I end up picturing my friend in place of the character. Even if the character looks NOTHING like my friend, even if they act nothing like my friend.
That usually happens at the beginning of the book though, and once the book goes on, I stop picturing my friend as them. But like how I am with voices and accents, my friend’s voice reads the character’s lines in my head. My friend has a strong accent? The character gets that accent too. My friend has a certain way of saying certain words? The character gets that accent too.
This also works for people that I don’t know personally. I like podcasts and listening to video game commentary/LPs, and those usually have people with pretty distinct voices. After hearing their voices so much, their accents and mannerisms come clear in the characters with the same name.
I find this pretty weird, to be honest. Although it is pretty hilarious to be reading a dramatic scene only to have the main character’s voice in my head be a hilarious on-purpose accent.
So, what about you, dear reader?
When you come across a character with the same name as someone you know, do you tend to picture them in the character’s place? Or hear their voice in your head?
Let me know in the comments!