I have recently just finished reading Me Before You (read my review here) and it was extremely sad. It made me feel an array of emotions throughout it’s entirety. The strange thing is, after reading some reviews of this book, I picked it up 1) because the story actually appealed to me and 2) because people had said it would make me cry. Why? Why would you pick up a book that you know is going to make you cry. I picked up The Fault In Our Stars because of the emotional aspects involved with reading it, yet I still read it, and I still cried.
So why do we put ourselves through this? Why do we read books we know are going to make us cry? Well, if you really think about it, although crying is sad, it is still an emotion, as is, for example, laughing. Why do we pick up books that we know are going to make us laugh? Usually because we want to feel good, right? So I think the real question here is, why do we read books we know are going to make us emotional? By emotional, I don’t just mean sad, I mean any emotion; happy, sad, tearful, thoughtful, whatever.
Personally, I like a book that is going to make me feel things. I know I have picked up the wrong book if I don’t feel anything through reading it, and the author has not done his/her job in captivating the reader to feel a certain way for the characters. Books are written in a certain way, so the author wants you to feel those things; they want you to cry, or laugh, or think about the narrative. When I’m crying over a book, it means I have completely engaged with the characters and that makes me feel so good, because it makes me want to read more of the author’s work, as I know that they can write a good story!
What about you? If you know a book is going to be sad, would you pick it up? What would make you want to read a book that you know is going to make you cry? Or laugh? Or think? Do you have any examples? Comment below what you think 🙂