You've heard of overactive bladder, but overactive imagination can be just as plaguing. Luckily for us sufferers, OI can also be a lot of fun, especially when we see ourselves represented in TV and movies. In case you're forgetting about some examples, why don't you take a look at these seven? It might be fun, and you'll probably get a good idea out of it.
1. Richard Sherman from The Seven Year Itch
It was actually painful for me to watch this movie the last time I did. Why? I can relate to this character like crazy. He takes one situation and can spin it into a million, totally unlikely consequences. It makes my skin itch with discomfort, but it's also hilarious. Why would Marilyn Monroe be talking about you on TV, bro? She wouldn't. That's overactive imagination at its finest.
2. Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower
It's not that Charlie's story isn't true. It's painfully real. It's that he lives inside his head more than in the real world because it's comforting to him. He's especially creative, and as the title of the book and film reminds us, insightful. His skill as a writer and his emotional depth are things we overactive imaginationers can relate to even in the saddest scenes of this tale.
3. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series
Luna is probably the coolest girl at Hogwarts, and her imagination is a big part of why. Instead of dwelling in hardcore fact like Harry or Hermione are usually forced to, Luna has the liberty to be fun, creative, and fancy-free. She is connected to spiritual worlds and philosophical thoughts. Wisdom and imagination are clearly two of her biggest values. She sees things called gnargles and thinks mistletoe is full of them. Luna Lovegood is awesome.
4. Richard Castle from Castle
The list's second Richard is a civilian case worker and billionaire author, two things he chose to be because of his overactive imagination. Castle develops crazy theories about the homicides he investigates with the NYPD, and (perhaps even more crazily) he can almost find hard evidence to back it up. He's been convinced that the killers were zombies, ghosts, and more unbelievable, supernatural things. But in Castle's mind, anything is possible.
5. Virginia Chance from Raising Hope
Some people might call Virginia naive... I call her a creative genius. This woman convinces herself of absolutely insane things and believes fiercely in the urban legend. But perhaps the most notable time this matriarch used her overactive imagination was when she trained for two years for the Mayan apocalypse that never happened. You still did a great job, Virginia. Very resourceful.
6. Roxie Hart from Chicago
God bless the way Rob Marshall turned this show into film. Instead of showing the audience random, unprompted musical numbers, he played on Roxie's fixation with making it to vaudeville. Therefore, you were never really sure if you were seeing a true song and dance or a vision Roxie cooked up in her head based on her obsession with performance. The way this film filters her point of view is genius and shows that Roxie's not just a pretty face with a killer's hands. She might just be brilliant.
7. Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Poor Xander often doesn't get the credit he deserves. He's actually a very clever and imaginative guy, particularly in his younger years. A trend I've noticed with Xander is that his overactive imagination often leads to psychic-like premonitions.
Anyone remember that wild fantasy he cooked up about Buffy and Angel's relationship falling apart in season two... and then it did? Or how susceptible he was to the demon's false visions at his own wedding? Xander's a pretty thoughtful man, especially because he too has a big imagination.