Happy Friday, folks!
Yesterday on my twitter account (@RHelmsBooks in case you’re interested), I asked my followers this question: Do you guys like books that make you sob? Or do you avoid tear-jerkers?
I didn’t answer the question myself because I wanted to hear what others said, but I figured I’d discuss that topic on here today.
My answer? Yes and no. How’s that for wishy-washy?
Sometimes I’m in the mood for an ugly cry, lol. You know, the kind where you do those big, hiccuping gasps for breath and your eyes swell up and it looks like you punched yourself in the face about twenty-five times. There’s something cathartic about getting that out of me, purging all of those emotions in one dramatic blow-out.
It’s why I watch the movie Love, Actually all the dang time. Dude, there’s that proposal scene at the end with Colin Firth, and then the woman learned English because she loves him too, and it’s sooooo romantic…*choking up*. Um, anyway. You get what I mean.
Generally though, when I read a book or peek through submissions, I’m not auto-seeking one that tears me up inside. The times I’ve acquired tear-jerkers for Carina Press (one that comes to mind is WHAT BINDS US by Larry Benjamin–hoo boy, did I blubber when reading the submission, lol) have usually been when the tears snuck up on me out of nowhere. I’m reading along, the story is getting emotional and intense, I find my chest starting to tighten and my eyes burn…and then I’m sobbing in front of my computer, and my husband is bringing me a big glass of wine because HE TOTALLY KNOWS.
So while I may not seek out heart-breaking stories, I always appreciate them when they hit my desk, or when I’m cuddling up on a couch and squeezing in some personal reading. I find I enjoy them more when it’s not all doom-and-gloom, but tempered with moments of levity. That breath allows me to gather myself and relieve the intensity for a bit before we dive back into the Emotion Ocean.
Yeah, I went there. lol
What about you? Do you like to cry when reading? If so, what are your favorite tear-jerkers?
~ Editor Rhonda