“A lot of it is wish fulfillment for the readers,” said a high-level editor in the celebrity magazine universe.
And like most bubbles, it has more to do with wish fulfillment than reality.
A great side-benefit to the gruel of writing fiction is the fleeting moments of wish fulfillment the empty page provides.
wish fulfillment n.
In psychoanalytic theory, the satisfaction of a desire, a need, or an impulse through a dream or other exercise of the imagination.