I’m not the biggest cry baby. I remember when my family were watching a TV drama & all of them were crying; I was the only person in that living room—though also was drawn to the scene—who wasn’t crying. In fact when my family were grieving when we lost our father, things were so hard for me to sink in. I was more dazed than devastated. It took time before the first tear trickled.
Ah, what am I remembering? Seriously self. You see when I read reviews and saying, “ah you’ll cry bucket of tears for this,” curious, I read it as suggested but my reaction wasn’t what they anticipated & I was like “yeah, it was dramatic but my tear ducts refused to cave in.” My classmates were even teasing me before of how cold hearted I was because I was the only one who didn’t waver (everyone was crying during graduation and I was too busy sorting post-graduation stuff). That being said, I cried many times. Sometimes I cried over the simplest things. But when emotions tried to choke me I’m unable to shed tears.
I read 983 books (aaaa~, I wish I can reach 1000 before the year ends but…) and many were considered tearjerkers but only two made me cry; plus the three manga that did: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Honey and Clover & Fruits Basket. I realized that what made me cry wasn’t because the scene was gut-wrenching; it was that moment was powerful in the simplest of ways. It did not necessarily suggest sadness but more on character’s personal reflection.
I think for me to be able to sympathize with the character, he/she should be a well-developed one. You don’t have to put heck of lot of emotional baggage to the characters to rouse readers’ emotions. I was able to identify their emotions because of the way it was written—not to make me cry necessarily but to make me understand the character. (This in effect made me emotional hence triggering those tear ducts.) Although having cried over stories are not enough to attest to its affinity to readers. As they said, reading is subjective. Maybe personal feelings were involved—they can relate to it, making it more personal to them.
I don’t watch or read tearjerkers stories that often to be quite honest. I rather laughed like a mad woman than ugly sobbing in the corner. Although I do enjoy occasional sad stories once in a while.
How about you? A fan of tearjerkers? What book/anime/manga did make you bawl like a newborn baby? Share it to me!