Fiction / In which Mitchii confessed that she got too emotional.

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.” kao_no 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 Basketkao_cry 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. kao_laughing

How about you? A fan of tearjerkers? What book/anime/manga did make you bawl like a newborn baby? Share it to me!


8 Responses to You know, those tearjerker ones!

  1. Alex says:

    Ah, tearjerkers. I’m with you on this one, I don’t cry easily! Sometimes I do think I’m an unfeeling Vulcan.
    The only ever thing I’ve read that made me cry was Pandora Hearts. It wasn’t angst but honestly, the way the story took place, the way each character was so drastically changed, I kept wishing for them to go back somehow and be happy again! I still remember the line that made me cry and though it was a simple one, the emotions behind it was so clearly expressed. Every time I think about it, the more I feel that the characters didn’t deserve all that they went through.
    (I could probably write an essay on this topic)
    On the other hand, I’ve cried for silly things too. Like how I watched Tangled twice and cried during the exact same scene twice. Silly of me, I know! 😄

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Pandora Hearts is always been recommended to me, though said recommendation always accompanied with caution. When the mood strike I’ll definitely gonna read it too. Tangled, the Disney movie? I loved it! Though it made me laughing like a goofball instead of crying (which part of it that made you cry?)

    • Alex says:

      Sorry for the late reply! The part where Flynn was going to die made me cry twice! 😛
      P.S I like your tumblr 😀 *stalker alert*

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh that one! Yeah, that was tearjerker (though I didn’t exactly cry but it was sad.) Ah, my tumblr is full of random reblogs, but I’m happy you liked it… (do you also have tumblr? Can I add you?) 😀

  2. Angelica says:

    When me and my friends watch tearjerker movies I’m the only one who doesn’t cry too! I watched Grave of the Fireflies last year and it was so heartbreaking I felt like I cried buckets of tears. Have you watched it?

    • Mitchii G. says:

      No, I haven’t it. I must check it out then. (I’m not sure if I’m ever gonna be prepared for the waterworks though). 😀

  3. Mitchii! I don’t even know why I didn’t check out your personal blog until recently but now that I have I LOVE IT.

    I’m with you on this. I don’t cry very easily – in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever, ever cried while reading a book or watching a movie/anime. Usually when I say: “You’ll cry buckets”, it’s either for dramatic effect (cue the drama llama!) or if I think that most of my readers will actually cry.

    I didn’t even cry with Fruits Basket. BUT DAMN, that was sad. I watched it when I was younger and I don’t even remember what happened in the end but every time I hear the theme song, I just die inside. I remember it being so incredibly sad because the girl was so happy and yet her mother had died AND HOW IS IT I AM SO SAD WHEN THE MOTHER WAS NEVER ALIVE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    It’s always been a goal of mine to find books – manga especially that will make me cry, simply because I want to know whether I can actually do so. I once googled: “Manga that will make you cry” when I was about 12 or something and read through a few of the manga people recommended and found that while they were sad, I just did not cry.

    Instead, you just kinda get this achey feeling in the chest, if you know what I mean? Thanks for all the recommendations, I’m going to go and check out some of them now. Sorry for such a huge comment

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thank you Paul! >///< Furuba will remain one my all-time favorites. I don't know how it made me so emotional but it did, quite easily in fact. I also tried those sad manga & while like you said it was supposed to be sad, it didn't make me cry (like Orange, was told I'll cry but I didn't though it was very good drama manga). Ditto! That tug in the chest kind of feeling! Don't worry, I love getting comments like this; truly appreciate it. <333

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