I may be in the minority on this, but I just cannot read stories that contain characters who are too much like me. I read not to see myself as a character in a book, but to observe how people are different, and how uniquely they react to their own plights. What matters to me is sympathising with the character, not relating to him or her. There is a keen, frail line between the two that I cannot fully express, but I hope you guys understand. I might not relate much to a character who is a murderer and has a quirky penchant for eating babies, but if I understand his reasoning and his psychology, I will feel connected to him. And I might like him for being a bad guy, out of personal preference. Does this necessarily label me an escapist?