Just to illustrate how deeply influenced my train of thoughts is by popular culture: The time I laid eyes on this poster for the Turkish movie Veda Atatürk I had to immediately think of Dr Zhivago, not hat there was that much of a similarity between the images.
"When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown."— Rebecca Solnit