This is something that I thought of after reading the Marylin Manson thread parts about creating an image. I have noticed this other times, where books or music are viewed based on the images an author or musician gives off, and people become fans based off the image, and in general I was wondering how many people get their enjoyment/interest in certain types of art from stuff like that.

For me, listening to music or reading books for anything besides them sounding good/being fun to read/etc. is a foreign idea inside my head, though I do notice the pattern of social/status reasons and outside images of the person creating the art. I am curious as to how some types of emotional or other attachments form.