Sad Dramatic Books Vs Happy Dramatic TV Shows2
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve said to a few customers something to the effect of “I like to cry through my books.” Which is true, I like the books I read to be pretty sad and kind of crushing, but realistically so. I like the dramatic heart breaker of a totally realistic novel whose ending (or even better whose entire story all the way through) leaves me sobbing and cradling one of my cats.
And then it came to my attention that in the less common event that I watch TV, while I still want it to be realistic, I want, I most definitely want a happy ending. I don’t mind crying through someone’s suffering or heartbreak, as long as it comes out okay. In a book, I’d find this turn or ending disappointing, feeling like the author copped out of a stronger ending. In TV, I almost need it to go this way. (One of the only shows I watch recently implied a terribly sad ending for one of the characters in the trailer, and I recorded it and then couldn’t watch it for weeks, in case it wasn’t a misleading clip they teased the audience with. I couldn’t bear the idea of the sad ending. Had it gone that way, I probably would have had trouble continuing to watch the show.) Had it not gone that way in a book, I am sure I would have complained in a review that the author wasn’t quite brave enough to make the readers go to that place of sadness or unfulfilled dreams or whatever.
Interesting. (To me, anyway.) Thoughts? Opinions on heart-wrenching books or TV and how you feel about them?