As a reader, do you seek out books that make you cry? Or do you avoid them?
I think I can handle the rough journey if everything ends on a upbeat note. I think that’s true for most readers. That’s all I ask: just let them live. Oh, and please let them be whole in body and spirit please, thanks. I will never understand an author who kills off their own characters especially those who are beloved by many readers…hello Sandra Brown. Dana Stabenow has done it as well as Charlaine Harris.
Who is the one author that writes the most depressing stuff for me? Paullina Simons. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to read Tully and how depressing it was for me to read Red Leaves. Then there was The Bronze Horseman that left me frantic. I still have her last book, hopefully, in the trilogy, The Summer Garden on the bookshelf. I am just not in the mood to go through that emotional journey right now. I remember reading an author interview with Ms. Simons where she mentioned that she enjoyed writing about pain and angst. What? Why? I love angst as long as it ends happily (thanks Laura Kinsale).
Kristin Hannah is another author who is known for her tearjerkers. I find her work manipulative and it doesn’t make me cry. Then I read The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneggar and I personally hated the ending but then I kinda accepted it and had such a sinking feeling in my stomach when I read the end as the author foreshadowed Henry’s death. I can’t reread that book no matter how captivating it was for me. Some books are meant for me to experience once. Must say that it ended on a bittersweet note at least.
What are some of your favorite tearjerkers? Do you find them manipulative? Do you avoid them? Seek them out? Do you love a good cry?