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Saturday, 28 July 2012

One of the best things you can do to your romance readers

I was delighted yesterday to almost make someone cry. She had been kind enough to read my book The Sanctuary. Her exact words were, "I was touched by your story, to the point of tears." Now that could just have been because it was so bad, but I hope she was crying in a good way. I love a good cry at a book or at the movies. I remember sitting in a cinema and wailing over "West Side Story", it's heart wrenching after all that exuberance - singing, dancing and falling in love when it all comes crashing down after the shooting. Then, of course, there was the bit in Bambie where his mother gets shot. That was so sad. Plus, don't even mention 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', where they go and find that poor cat, soaking wet in the rain. Here's a link to that scene which still does it for me, every time! What films or books have made you cry I wonder?

8 comments:

margaret blake said...

Oh I cry at anything. Talk about being lachrymose.

The last time I had a right good cry was at the film War Horse. I am a sucker for animals. Bambi, oh yes so sad. Casablanca, The Way we Were - the Olympic ceremony, LOL, have to stop here.

Wonderful that a reader took the time to tell you that, always so heart warming but well deserved.

Kate Jackson said...

I remember sobbing as a child over the film Born Free. Michael Morpurgo's book - The Butterfly Lion had me so choked up I couldn't carry on reading it to my children - they had to take over for a bit while I recovered. Making a reader/viewer cry is good because you've connected with their emotions. Well done on making a reader cry, Cara - it was in the nicest possible way.

Carol Hedges said...

To kill a Mockingbird - the last sentence. Most of Wilfred Owen's poems. The Armistice by May Wedderburn Cannan WW1 Woman poet).

Cara Cooper said...

Good choices all! I just think it is so magical that we can be touched by someone's words even when we don't know them, they're not in front of us and they're on an inanimate piece of paper or a Kindle type machine. That's the magic of books, an author can touch us with their words even when they're dead and buried, the human condition is the same for all of us.

Laura E. James said...

There are two books: Love and Devotion, Erica James, and My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult.
And where do I start with films? Beaches, The Sound of Music, The Great Escape...There is little hope for me ;-)

Cara Cooper said...

Laura I shall put the Jodi Picoult on my reading list. Love the Great Escape and a friend is talking about going to the dressing up and singalong version of The Sound of Music. She said people go dressed as all sorts of things even a hill!

rama said...

Born free, Sound of Music, Gone with the wind,P.S. I love You, Love Story, oh, God there are so many. And most Indian pictures are real tearjerkers.

Cara Cooper said...

Thanks for your comment Rama, I should watch more Bollywood films anything with a great storyline and lots of action's good by me!