I've been thinking about this a ton. In my list of goals as a writer (come on, we all have one, and if we don't, we should), someday I want my writing to move someone to tears. I want to make a reader cry. And cry from the words touching their emotions, not any of the other many sarcastic remarks which could be interjected at this point.
So now I have new sensors up when I read.
- What is it that makes me cry?
- Which specific words or sentences brings the tears to my eyes?
- Can I pinpoint these occurrences and learn from them?
- Is it necessary to care about the characters? (I have my own opinion on this, but I'm curious what others think)
I cry at lots of silly things. More so since I have kids. Commercials get me. Movies big time. Seriously, I needed a box of tissues next to me for the entire LORD OF THE RINGS viewing (Especially at the end when Aragorn bowed to the Hobbits). And yes, I KNOW I will be wiping tears during STAR TREK probably from the first scene on (but on this one it's the nostalgia of it all).
And I did cry when Tasha Yar died.
Books I've read this year which have resulted in tears in my eyes:
- Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Host by Stephanie Meyer
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Wow, in listing them it seems like there should be more. And though these aren't in this year, two books I have to mention are:
So help me out here. What brings you to tears? What books have done it for you? Give me all your deep down thoughts on tears. MG vs. YA? Fantasy vs. Reality. Etc. Etc. Don't hold back!