For "crush" in meaning:
2 informal a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable
What word would replace the terribly technical developing a crush?
Does one only get infatuated or is there a less generic word than get to signify developing infatuation?
The particular sentence for which I need this is
"Do you sometimes fall in love with a character from a book?”
I'm feeling "love" is too strong here. Crush or infatuation would both be better, but while you fall in love, what do you do with these two?