I am 28 years old. I have been reading fanfiction since the eight grade. It was started with ff.net, and from there it went down hill. I have skipped classes (while on campus), just to sit in the library reading fanfiction. I am now married with two children and still find myself obsessed with reading fictional stories about fictional characters. It's sad to know how much time I have thrown away just satisfy the itch of reading. Have you ever been immersed in a story so deep that when you 'come up for air' you feel discombobulated and disconnected from everyone and everything around you? It happens to me all the time and I hate not having the self control to tame myself from getting too deep. It's therapeutic reading about others and their experience and I hopei will be able to break from this habit completely. It is time for me to wake up and face the world for what it truly is: boring at times, cruel at times, but also real. I can only enjoy life by experiencing it for myself and not just reading about it.