A few weeks ago, I was watching a booktuber talk about her top ten tearjerkers (I can't for the life of me remember who...) and I started mentally listing all of my favourite tearjerkers. I had so many more than ten! Most people hate to cry so what’s so appealing about bawling along to a good book? Why is it seen as something so intensely powerful? Why do we put ourselves through the agony over and over again??
When a book makes me sob then I know it’s good. They may sound silly, but I don't cry easily and if characters that aren’t real, experiencing things that aren’t real provoke such a physically emotional reaction from me then that author is doing something right. That writer has woven their woven their words around their characters in such a way that they became real. They became so important to me that their pain was my pain. Such a strong connection is made and those books leave a mark.
For me, there’s something very different about crying when reading to crying for myself. One I enjoy and the other I avoid at all cost. And yet I’ve read The Fault in Our Stars twice, Lynda Waterhouse’s Soul Love countless times and I have fond thoughts about the final four books of the Vampire Academy series. It’s these kinds of books that stay in my heart and in my thoughts, and ones that I recommend over and over again.
Do you like a good tearjerker? Do you have a favourite? Why do you think there’s such an appeal to them?