Which characters would you fall in love with?
Whom could you imagine loving?
Our hypertexts are filled with people we'd rather not know. Whom could you imagine loving?
Don't get me wrong: lovable curmudgeons and radiant starlets aren't the end of storytelling either. I don't especially want to have dinner with the boys from Waiting for Godot, or spend a weekend of birdwatching with anyone from Macbeth, either.
But why are our hypertext friends so distant?