Has a book ever brought you to tears?
This was the autotopic that got me today. Excuse me, but this may lean toward movies a bit more than books, because for some reason, there is only one book that has ever made me lose my emotional marbles.
Where the Red Fern Grows: I believe I was about 13 when I read this book. If you don’t know thow story, I will sum up, (heehee! I just quoted the Princess Bride. 🙂 ) It’s about a poor boy who grows up in the Ozark mountains and saves for 2 years to buy a pair of redbone coon hounds. He spends all his spare time teaching them to hunt, and becomes famous in his little area. Then, one night when he’s out hunting, they accidentally track a mountain lion, which ends up mauling one of his dogs. The dog dies, and the other dog is so depressed that she dies too. Now, here is proof that I like animals more than people, because I have never cried when I’ve read a book about a person dying. But when I read this book, For the entirety of the last 40 pages or so, I had tears pouring down my face. And then I read it again. And cried. Again. Seriously, you really need to read this book if you never have. It will depress you greatly.
Now, moving on to movies. Here are just a few that stand out.
Disney’s Tarzan: Yes, I realize it’s a cartoon. But it was the most emotional 90 minutes of my LIFE. My friends dragged me to this when I was 16, and I protested the entire way. Within the first 10 minutes, I was trying to distract my friends by digging in my purse, so they didn’t notice my internal breakdown. I don’t really remember much about that movie, but I remember walking out of the theatre and feeling completely EXHAUSTED. Frequent changes in emotions will do that to a person….
The Green Mile: I will never, EVER watch this movie again. I went to the late night showing of this, and let us suffice to say that if there had been anybody else in the theatre, I would have had to leave, because nobody wants their Stephen King movie interrupted by a hyper-ventilating, blubbering pile of Sparkles. I seriously thought I was dying. So did my boyfriend.
Ghost: This is a typical Patrick Swayze love fest. But I had to include it because this is one that also made my ex cry. When I would taunt him by saying in a sing- song voice, “Are you cry-y-y-ing?!” He would wipe his eye and mutter, “I had something in my eye.”
My First Mister: Chances are you just went, “HUH?!” This is a little independent film starring LeeLee Sobieski and Albert Brooks (Nemo the fish’s dad). Leelee is a goth teen who becomes friends with straight-laced Al when he hires her at his clothing store. Spoiler alert: he dies. I cannot explain it, but after watching this movie, I can be found moping about for 2 to 5 days. By the way, Carol Kane is awesome in this movie.
The Little Mermaid: At the end when Ariel is pining after Prince Eric (which is what I call my Rockstar to his face, because that’s his name 🙂 ) and her dad realizes he has to give her up, I turn into snivelling wreck. (Fuckin’ Disney.)
Marley and Me: This I’m sure is not a surprise, because anybody who DOESN’T cry while watching this movie has no soul. However, it was not very nice of them to drag out the sadness for a whole HOUR. You’ve never experienced real life until you’ve sat in a crowded theatre listening to the entire audience snotting. For an hour.
33 responses to “I Had Something In My Eye”
I will never forgive the soulless fuck that loaned me Marley & me. I had snot bubble shooting out of my nose and had to excuse myself from the viewing party because I was such a blubbering idiot.
Yes, John Grogan (the man who owned Marley) should really be shot for sharing his pain with us all.
Just watched 7 Pounds last weekend and did the really ugly crying. I hate sad movies.
I gotta admit that was an awesome movie that resonated with me. A lot. Not to tears, but I could really see myself doing that in his position.
Ooh! That was one I forgot to watch!
Korean dramas are tear-jerkers full-stop. It’s horrible. I never cry in movies/watching tv, but everytime I watch anything Korean…korean screenwriters are good at making things tragic and hurtful and vengeful and all those extreme things that just make you wanna cry!
Other than that, nothing’s really made me cry much. I mean, a lot of times when my eyes get a little wet, but other than that, not a full-blown tears-running-down-face scenario. There was this one book I read when I was younger. The ending just killed me. ‘Soul Love’ by Lynda Waterhouse.
I must find that book!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s gets me everytime. I don’t even have to watch the entire movie. I can be flipping channels and come upon the final moments when they’re in the cab and Holly Golightly puts the cat out in the rain – I start sobbing.
I LOVE Audrey! So yes, that’s another one…
Awesome flick. Audrey is a rare and sadly gone commodity.
I cried my fucking eyes out watching the first Anne of green gables movies. Tears running down my face the WHOLE MOVIE.
OH! Anne of Green Gables is my favorite movie of all time! However, I don’t think I’ve ever crid during it… Are you sure you don’t have some emotional problems? 😉 XOXO
Fox and the Hound. I agree. Fuckin’ Disney.
Oh, gawd, I forgot about that one. My Rockstar likes that one… I wonder if he cries when he watches it…
All of the books that have made me cry always have an animal in it that dies, that always gets me every single time. The Red Fern Grows sounds just heartbreaking, I’d cry reading that too! Movies it’s a little harder for it to get me to cry, I can’t remember the last one that did that.
You really MUST read Red Fern! And yes, animals dying is truly devestating.
The very first movie that I ever recall an ENTIRE audience getting emotionally unstable over was Out of Africa. When Robert Redford died, the entire audience went silent and I could hear this poor man in front of me sobbing…
God, I hate Robert Redford. I would have applauded at that part….
I cried watched “Glitter”. Of course, they were tears brought on by manical laughter that a movie – from acting, to directing to script – could be so completely clueless.
I believe I had a similiar experience with that movie. Especially since my brother forced me to go see it with him….
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I’ve just seen The Green Mile. It was predictable, but sad after all and I – very tired! – wanted to cry. Marley and Me was sad too, but didn’t really impress me somehow.
I actually listened to the audio book of Marley and Me too, which was read by the actual author who OWNED Marley, and it waas really hard to listen to him choke up when he read about his doggy…
I am not going to lie, I cry at a lot of films and books… Saving Private Ryan, the modern day scenes like BrainRants says,it seriously chokes me up!! I even cried reading H.E.’s book (the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time, not the 4th) one bit really got to me … Seriously I need to stop getting so emotional!! ahaha
You sap!!! Man up! 😉
Growing Balls Now!!
Oh good! 😉
Red Fern: awesomesauce. Read it in 4th grade and still think about it. I will not speak of Marley and Me in public.
“Saving Private Ryan” – just the modern-day scenes
“Gardens of Stone” – Vietnam
Heehee! *in a sing-song voice* You cried at Marley and me!!! And I’ve never seen Gardens of Stone. I never made it to the modern scenes of Saving Private Ryan, because the intro of body parts flying for an hour kinda turned me off..
Sparkles, fast forward thru that if you can’t take in what combat actually looks and sounds like. The rest of the film is just FUCKING awesome. I’m here to do the ‘flying body parts’ job so leave that wet-work to me. I got your boobies-supporting back.
I can take it, I just don’t find it necessary to watch unless I’m actually IN the army….
I read Red Fern when I was a kid, and I still love it.
It really is the best book.