I’m a sap, I won’t deny it. I’m a sucker for touching tales and tearjerkers, even though they turn me into a blubbering mess and help me waste a number of tissue papers. I never bother telling myself not to cry anymore, because I know I will cry or get teary-eyed regardless. It’s something many people make fun of me of because I’m supposedly one tough cookie, and yet I cry buckets when I watch a touching scene.
I don’t think it’s bad, personally… hey, we’re all human, right? And it just means I’m easily moved by things. It takes one reunion, one confession of love, one moment where someone’s heart is on their sleeve, one farewell, one death or even a victory to turn on my waterworks. I can’t help it. Yesterday I even got tear-eyed over a talent show rerun. The lady was so incredibly happy when she won that I got really moved by it. Don’t laugh – these things can get highly emotional!
Strangely enough, I don’t find that books are able to make me cry as much as movies (and even cartoons) do. I’m a movie buff and a readaholic, the latter more so than the former, but yet I can never manage to cry over many books. For example, I did not cry while reading Khaled Al-Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, but I most definitely did cry while watching the movie adaptation, even though the book was so much better. Then there’s Harry Potter… I cried multiple times while watching the movies, but I only cried once when I read the books, and that’s when Dumbledore died. Another example is Lord of the Rings, where I was really and truly moved to tears several times throughout the movies, even though the books did nothing for me.
I can list the books that made me cry on my fingers:
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer;
- Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green;
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (both the movie and book got me weeping);
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom;
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling;
- The Dream Sanctum by Daniel Koeker (also my fiancé, who – knowing how difficult it is for a book to make me cry – was pleased that his book could, haha).
I think this is probably because I’m a visual person and need to see something happen in front of me in order to be moved. There’s a difference between seeing someone dying on screen and reading about someone’s death in a book… there’s something more raw about it.
Incidentally, I would love to write something that could make people cry. Not that I like to see people cry, no, but because it would mean that I’ve created something so poignant and so touching that has affected the very core of the reader. It’s something I aspire to do.
Do books make you cry more than movies, or are you like me? What are some of the books/movies that did make you cry? I would love to check them out!