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Can anyone provide "emotional" word/phrase for a "friend" you have never met, but it feels like you really know him? I won't mind even if it was in a language other than English. :)

Update: Would love it if the word/phrase was related to literature.

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What about "imaginary friend"? Always there but you never meet in person. They are often depicted as a shadow or one's own shadow. – ermanen Apr 29 '14 at 0:16
No need to delete the question if it may be useful to others. – Jeffrey Kemp Apr 29 '14 at 7:39
Not exactly the same notion, but such a person might often be referred to as one’s kindred spirit. A kindred spirit can be someone you know, too, though. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 29 '14 at 8:35
Fictiophilia means an attraction to fictional characters, but it's not a common word. – SEL Apr 29 '14 at 8:41

Pen pal

a person with whom one becomes friendly by exchanging letters, especially someone in a foreign country whom one has never met.

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Kris Rosvold asserts that

there is such a word, used in the Pooh stories and in Richard Bach's stories: Unmetfriend.

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