There was an episode in FRIENDS where Joey claims that putting The Shining by Stephen King in the freezer makes him feel safer from its scary clutches. Then he goes on to put Little Women in the freezer at a point where things get too sad for him. At the time I just laughed at Joey for being his usual silly self, but thinking about it now, I realise he may be onto something.
It’s not about actually sticking it in the freezer, per se, you do not have to do that if you’re not so inclined; you could stick it under your bed, lock it up in a box if you so desire or shove it to the back of your closet… whatever floats your boat. Rather, I think it’s an attempt to somehow prevent the inevitable.
It’s very much like hitting pause or changing the channel when you’re watching a particularly scary movie. If you don’t watch the frightening scene, it’s as if it never even happened. Plus, you won’t get any nightmares when you think you’re tucked safely in bed. 😉
When I was reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I got the feeling that something sad was going to happen and I would be powerless to stop it. I could only go along with the words and hope for the best. I could’ve stopped reading. I could’ve pretended that everything was happy in the book world as long as I didn’t read it again and avoided spoilers to the best of my ability. I could’ve found a place among the frozen veggies and chicken cutlets and stuck the book in there (in a plastic bag, of course; I don’t want it getting wet).
I admit that I momentarily stopped. I closed the book, set it aside and watched it through blurry eyes. I almost didn’t want to know what was going to happen; what I don’t know won’t hurt me and all that. So I picked it up again, and I did feel sad, but by then it was too late to “put the book in the freezer.” I could not stop the words John Green had written.
On the other hand, when I’m writing, I just can’t wait to get to those parts and experience the thrill of writing them; I sometimes even consider just writing them first before everything else, but then I’d get stuck with all the “dull” parts. And now I hope that one day, these parts will make some reader want to put my book in the freezer to stall them as much as possible. 🙂
Is there any book or movie you would “put in the freezer”? Do you think it’s a silly concept? How do you feel about writing those exciting parts in your own book?
Oh, and in case you were curious, this below is the scene I’m talking about: