One of my seniors at school only ever read tragedies, and I couldn't imagine why— I thought her quite weird actually. Then I found out that crying can have an emotionally cathartic effect— so, here’s a list of my ‘favourite’ tearjerkers:
1. LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo
My schoolbook had a story called ‘The Bishop’s Candlesticks’ and I so loved the Bishop’s kindness and reformatory tactics that I bought the translated version of Les Miserables. I thought it would have a happy ending— I lived in the disillusion that good men always ended up with good lives. What a sapskull I was! I cried throughout, and hated Cozette and her husband quite madly. Jean Valjean (to be pronounced as John Valjohn, naturally) of course is the most completely retarded doormat-ish goody-two-shoes ever created (not!), and of course, I love him. Sniff! [Read it here.]
2. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY John Green
When you have a heroine and a hero who are witty teenagers and who have terminal cancer and who fall in ‘first love’ with each other—of course, it’s bound to end up in a bucketload of tears. There are people who call such books emotionally manipulative, because diseases, deaths, star-crossed love and cancer will inevitable make someone cry at the loss of life and love. But there are some great ‘aha’ moments, and some great ‘feel-good’ moments. And then there are the tears, which may alarm your family, but will make you rethink your priorities.
( Cry some more... )