BOOKS that have made you cry

Discussion in 'Entertainment and Movie Talk' started by cayman shen, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    I see we have a recently jedifyfed (I hope it was anyway :lol) thread on movies that make you cry. Have we ever done a BOOKS that make you cry list? I did a search but couldn't seem to find one. I live in fear of an imminent jedifyfing if I am wrong...

    Anyway, there have only been a few books that have made me cry. And here they are in the order I read them. I think this is it. And I mean CRY, not well up or get emotional or feel a hitch in my throat. I mean :cry

    1. For Whom the Bell Tolls: Ernest Hemingway
    2. A Lesson Before Dying: Ernest Gaines
    3. The Dark Tower VII: Stephen King
    4. The Road: Cormac McCarthy
    5. The Toy Collector: James Gunn

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure there were others.
  2. jcoffman99

    jcoffman99 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I had to read Bridge to Terabithia for my young adult lit class in college. Sobbed like a baby. Felt so stupid. I couldn't believe how they marked the movie when it came out. I wonder how many parents didn't know what they were taking their kids to.
  3. dayspringxo

    dayspringxo New Member

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    The shack made me weepy.
  4. kalkamel

    kalkamel Sr Member

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    Felt my eyes tear up at the end of Gates of Fire.
  5. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    Oh crap, I forgot about books from when I was a kid (I read Bridge in sixth grade maybe). Ok, add Where the Red Fern Grows to the list then.
  6. Colin Droidmilk

    Colin Droidmilk Sr Member

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    There are none in my case, though I've been deeply affected by novels and am a pretty voracious reader. As a medium, for me, the novel is just not sufficiently viscerally equipped as cinema is to jerk tears. That doesn't mean cinema is a superior art form, though. Far from it.
  7. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Cujo by Stephen King.
  8. firesprite

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    Most recent examples I can think of:

    Harry Potter series
    * The Order of the Phoenix: When Sirius dies, I just lost it. I loved Sirius.
    * The Half-Blood Prince: When Dumbledore died. It was MUCH more powerful in the book than in the movie because Harry was right there the whole time, watching but unable to act to save his mentor
    * The Deathly Hallows: When Hedwig dies. OMG, my husband actually came into the bedroom from the office to see if I was okay on this one.

    Stephen King Books
    * Dark Tower Series: LOTS of instances of the waterworks coming on, but especially when Oy sacrifices himself.
    * The Green Mile: When John sees the chair for the first time and says that they're still in there and he can hear them screaming... :cry

    Other stuff
    * Watchers by Dean Koontz: Of course when Einstein is sick and might die, but also during the recounting of the 'interview' with the Outsider. It was so heartrending to realize that this monstrous creature that was so utterly terrifying was also intelligent and emotional enough to be aware of its effect and lament the dread it inspired.
    * The Dark Glory War by Michael Stackpole: The whole book is great, but the end had me in tears of both sorrow and anger at the hero's situation.

    I'm sure there are others I can't think of off-hand.
  9. Probe Droid

    Probe Droid Master Member

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    To each their own, but what exactly about For Whom the Bell Tolls made you cry?
  10. CB2001

    CB2001 Master Member

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    Vivienne by Richard Hoyt (in fact I had a delayed reaction before I finally cried. When I read it a second time, I cried right at the ending. The third time was the only time I didn't cry).
  11. Jedi2016

    Jedi2016 Sr Member

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    I managed to get that bit spoiled for me before I read it, I was *.

    That's definitely one. A number of instances in the Harry Potter books. That's really about it, to be honest. Most of the stuff I read doesn't really lend itself very well to waterworks.
  12. ONEYE

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  13. Contec

    Contec Master Member

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    "time travelers wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
    "jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" Susanna Clarke
    "Harry potter books"
  14. fuzzylover

    fuzzylover Well-Known Member

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    I, too, am sure I could think of more in time, but for now-

    A second for Where the Red Fern Grows.

    And Interview With the Vampire- the part where Claudia laments the life she'll never live and the body she'll never attain. It was much more powerful in the book for me.
  15. Bobtherocker

    Bobtherocker Well-Known Member

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    time traveller's wife
    my friend Leonard - James Frey
  16. sapper36

    sapper36 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Lord of the Rings...

    Started reading my sons the Hobbit when they were 7 & 8. We got all the way to the end of Return of the King after a couple years. Got to Frodo & Bilbos goodbyes at the end & realized that would be the end of that adventure with my son's too. Kids think Dad's a wimp!
  17. binkleywalker

    binkleywalker Sr Member

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    Ditto Tuesdays With Morrie- I handed out copies years ago to friends and family. What a book.

    Also Marley and Me- I had to put it down several times and walk away from it. At the end when the guy is deciding what to bury him in. Trash bag is too impersonal. Oh, man, as good as the movie was, the book was just so much worse(better).

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  18. Paul Andrew

    Paul Andrew Sr Member

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    Wheel of Time 12 - When Rand finally reunites with Tam. For those of us who've been with the series for nearly two decades I've been waiting for that scene for a long time. Of course, it would have to happen about a year after my own dad passed.
  19. benhs1898

    benhs1898 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Strongest emotional reaction was to 2001: A Space Odyssey, but not tears. Just overwhelmed.
  20. Crank729

    Crank729 Sr Member

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    me too
  21. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    As a kid, I'd say Where the Red Fern Grows. Since having a dog as an adult, which we had to put to sleep last Jan., I'd probably full on cry after reading it.

    As and adult, the only book I can remember making me teary eyed is the Star Wars Wraith Squadron book (forgot the exact one) where
    Ton Phanan dies.
    It sounds stupid, but Aaron Allston writes so well and you care about the characters.
  22. rodneyfaile

    rodneyfaile Sr Member

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    Sarah Palin and Snookie both have best sellers. That makes me cry.
  23. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    The end. Jordan's bitterness about his father's suicide, his repudiation of it. It was very powerful to me.

    I'm listening to the Dark Tower audio books. I'm dreading Oy's death. "Oy's body was far smaller than the heart it held." **** me. :cry
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  24. firesprite

    firesprite Master Member

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    OMG, I know... I'm getting choked up just remembering it! :cry
  25. Cookiee Monsta

    Cookiee Monsta Well-Known Member

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    I had a bookcase fall on me when I was 8yr old, that made me cry.
  26. Daemon324

    Daemon324 Active Member

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    I can remember reading Where the Red Fern Grows. I'm pretty sure I lost it at some point along the way, but it's been too long for me to remember. It was a very depressing book.

    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. This does tie in to the movie thread. Yeah, there were waterworks for the book too. Same for Dawn Treader. C.S. Lewis was a very gifted author.

    Most of the other books I read don't really lend themselves to the waterworks.
  27. nemesis2me

    nemesis2me New Member

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    Weaveworld-Clive Barker

    Lot's of jacked up things going on there, couldn't decide who to get more upset about. lol
  28. Flagg

    Flagg Sr Member

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    The last gunslinger book by stephen king is the only book I cried reading. I also wanted to send hate mail about how much of that book went down. I read those books since the series started when I was in high school and I felt screwed on how Flagg ended up, how the big baddie was a waste and what the tower ended up being.
  29. ProfKSergeev

    ProfKSergeev Well-Known Member

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    Volumes D through F of the Encyclopedia Britannica when they fell on my foot.
  30. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    One time a copy of War and Piece fell on my head and it hurt like hell...I DIDN'T CRY THOUGH!...NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS!!!:confused
  31. Robert McLain

    Robert McLain Sr Member

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    The ending to Stephen King's 11/22/63.
  32. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    I'm looking forward to reading that one.

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