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Open Access 6 Transported into a Story World: The Role of the Protagonist

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6 Transported into a Story World: The Role of the Protagonist

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Narratives can create an experience that is both intense and impactful. Readers can become deeply engaged with a narrative and its characters, as they focus specially on the events that are described and experience emotions in response to these events. Green and Brock's research has shown that transportation, or the feeling that one is being carried into a narrative world, can make readers' beliefs become more consistent with the beliefs implicitly implied by the story. Based on Zillmann's Affective Disposition Theory, the different portrayals of the protagonists' behaviour and personality in eliciting transportation is tested. This chapter discusses the Transportation-Imagery Model of Green and Brock and presents the Affective Disposition Theory. The term transportation is used by Gerrig as a metaphor for the experience that readers of a story can have during reading. The Transportation-Imagery Model provides a testable theory of the antecedents and consequences of transportation.

Keywords: Green and Brock's research; narratives; protagonist; Transportation-Imagery Model; Zillmann's Affective Disposition Theory



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