Do you cry when books/movies/TV shows, etc are sad?
I just blubbed all over myself, full force snot running, watching last week’s Grey’s. I am one of those people who gets wrapped up and invested in characters that she adores, like Izzy Stevens. These last few episodes had me emotionally drained by the end (it’s probably a good thing I am having a hard time finding ways to watch it from Asia).
I am notorious for drop kicking books that have made me cry (I am talking to you, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!), after holing myself up to read the sad chapters. The second saddest and drop kicked book is My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Piccoult (as an aside, this QotD is b/c they are making that book into a movie, but I have read that they have changed the ending, which although sad as fuck, was perfect). It took me two days to read the ending of Life Interrupted, b/c it was the abrupt end of Spalding’s life, written absent from that realization, b/c he didn’t know. I almost put that book in the freezer.
I realize that not everyone does the thing where they get into the escapist fiction they are enjoying, whatever the medium, so much that they allow it to manipulate and ambush their emotions. For me, it’s cathartic. Sometimes I am feeling down, and need a good cry, b/c it helps me to feel better, so I don’t mind when books or movies or TV shows are sad (TV shows get me the most, b/c I spend years investing emotionally in characters, like Izzy Stevens), b/c it feels good to unleash that unadulterated emotion unapologetically.
For the record, I also get excited and giddy when things go well, like when Phédre and Joscelin first fell in love, or when Imriel and Sidonie were finally allowed to be together. I cheered out loud when Mirage and Miryo reunited, b/c it meant no one had to die. I clapped when Derek proposed to Mer, w/ all those scans in the elevator. The ending of Lilo & Stitch leaves me all warm and mushy, and I get thrilled when we find out just how powerful a witch Ginny really is. I am a bit of a sap when it comes to my entertainment, and it is b/c I want that sweeping of emotions. Being dragged from one extreme to the other in forty-five minutes sort of resets me emotionally, and helps me deal w/ real life emotions in a more appropriate manner. I deal w/ real life every day, and I like my fiction to be escapist, and want to lose my mind inside it.
So, spill. How emotional are you when it comes to your favorite media? Don’t lie. Liars are jerks.