It's come to my attention that some people avoid sad reads intentionally. If you're raving about a book like The Fault In Our Stars and you say "Oh my god, it was so good. I cried so much," some people actually take that as a bad thing and run the other way. Knowing a book is sad and may make them cry or feel extreme emotions is sometimes a factor that can deter a reader from picking up a certain book. Now, when I realized that this was something that happened my initial thought was "Well, I'm certainly not one of those people." But upon further investigation, I started to realize that I might accidentally be someone who shies away from sad books. And, I had no idea!
I'm the kind of person who cries SUPER easily in general, but especially while reading. This is one of the reasons I initially thought I wasn't someone who shied away from sad books. If I cry while reading a book, that basically tells me that it's a 3.5 stars or higher. Why? Because I cared enough to cry. The author pulled me into the story and I yearned enough with the characters that when something tear-provoking happened.. my tears were provoked. Most recently, I cried while reading The Archived and Cress. Wait.. Did I cry during Cress? I had to... I know I did at some point. Whatever. That's irrelevant. Read Cress. It's amazing. I'm getting off topic... All that being said, I had a realization recently that I don't actually read very many "sad books"! You might be confused so let me break this down further for you.
When I say "sad books" -- for the purposes of this discussion -- I'm referring to books that are widely known to be sad. Books like The Fault In Our Stars and Perks of Being a Wallflower are what I'm considering "sad books." I think the obvious cliche for "sad books" is deeply emotional contemporaries. When I first wrote out this topic that was what I had in mind, so that's what I'm talking about. However, that's not to say that other genres have sad books in them. They definitely do. But, I generally notice that books regarded as sad are contemporaries that deal with things like disease, death, or tragedy.
And, there you have it! Sorry that this week's post was all over the place and probably didn't make much sense. I hope you understood the gist of what I was trying to get across. If you have any recommendations of any really great "sad books" PLEASE do not hesitate to leave them in the comments because as I said before I would love to read more stereotypically sad novels since they're so widely popular especially in YA. I hope you enjoyed this week's Thursday Thoughts! Don't forget to come back next week where our theme will be "Choosing Books." See you then!
Hi! Just a little afterthought here. I'm considering starting a monthly or bi-monthly #ThursdayThoughts Twitter chat. It would be the kind of thing where I ask questions pertaining to the most recent topics and we can all discuss on Twitter since it's a much more immediate environment. Would you be interested? Would you participate in that? If you have any opinions on this, please comment or tweet me. I would love some of your input.