I felt like the elves of Alagaesia reminded me in a sense of Vulcans. Cool, aloof, superior, controlled and logical, their emotions rans deep and repressed so when exposed were far more dangerous than human anger that periodically had more release and expression. (Responding to a pinner who didn't understand the characterisation of the elves)
We also read to escape, to live a life that isn't possible in the real world, to escape the mundane of the everyday and to live an adventure that is only possible in our minds, but no less real than if was really happening! -L.H.