Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Moments That Break Your Heart

In an exchange over on Crimespace I was recalling a moment that absolutely devastated me: the moment on Water Rats when Rachel died in Jack's arms, calling Frank's name. Fuck, that made me bawl like a baby.

I've had some other moments in books and tv that have made me cry. I find it's harder with books because you can pause, you can take it in stages. With tv, well, now we can pause the show, but that's a recent thing. More tv has reduced me to tears because of that, but there are a few books that have left me a wreck. TO THE POWER OF THREE by Laura Lippman is one. THE TOUCH OF GHOSTS by John Rickards is another. In fact, Rickards is damn genius at evoking an emotional response, as THE DARKNESS INSIDE had its moments as well.

There aren't that many books I read with happy endings anymore...

And in other news....

If you felt the earth move yesterday it was Kevin jumping up and down like a giddy schoolgirl - his book order came. Lippman's WHAT THE DEAD KNOW. Charlie Huston's A DANGEROUS MAN and Victor Gischler's GUN MONKEYS all added to our mounting collection.

From Norby - I've seen it before but it still makes me smile.

This news may interest you:

Apple Computer announced today that it has developed a small wireless device that can store and play music in women's breast implants. The iBreast will cost $499 with 4 GB of memory or $599 with 8 GB. This major breakthrough resulted from women always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

And one last joke...

Once upon a time there lived a king. The king had a beautiful daughter, the PRINCESS. But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt. No matter what; metal, wood, stone, anything she touched would melt. Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her. The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter?
He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the king, "If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured." The king was overjoyed and came up with a plan.
The next day, he held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt, would marry her and inherit the king's wealth.
The first brought a sword of the finest steel.
But alas, when the princess touched it, it melted.
The prince went away sadly .
The second prince brought diamonds.
He thought diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and would not melt.
But alas, once the princess touched them, they melted. He too was sent away disappointed.   
The third prince approached. He told the princess, "Put your hand in my pocket and feel what is in there."
The princess did as she was told, though she turned red .
She felt something hard. She held it in her hand.
And it did not melt!!!
The king was overjoyed. Everybody in the kingdom was overjoyed. The third prince married the princess and they both lived happily ever after.

Question: What was in the prince's pants?

M&M's of course.
They melt in your mouth, not in your hand.


Sonya said...

Yes, it's definitely harder to find books that make me cry (movies, they get me every time... I watched Brokeback Mountain last week, and now I need therapy because I was on a train and bawling my eyes out, and everyone was staring...).

One book that really, really got me -- I may have mentioned this before -- was Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. With most books you can walk away, but I couldn't put this one down.

I get all lump-in-my-throaty just thinking about it.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Ah Sonya, I love it when a movie makes you cry in public... Not. That sucks.

Part of Brokeback Mountain was filmed here, so we get tourists all the time...

Sonya said...

Ooh, cool! Yeah, I can see where you might have had some good mountains up that way to film it. :-)

Oh! Just thought of another few good tearjerker movies...

Dead Poet's Society. Niagara Falls there, baby.

Also, What's Eating Gilbert Grape. With that one, once was enough. I can never, ever watch it again.

norby said...

Oh, Odd Thomas, yeah, I cried.

I watched Hotel Rwanda on the plane coming home from London. later I told my mom she should watch that movie, but that she should be ready to cry. She was surprised when I said that and I said "Mom, didn't you notice me crying for two hours straight?" She thought my allergies were bothering me. Thanks ma.

The book moment that really got me? With No One As Witness by Elizabeth George-Helen Lynley. My God I was gutted. At first I was too stunned to cry. It wasn't even one of my favorite characters, but... Even now, I can feel that thump in the heart.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Okay, I'm having this vision for a Kleenex commercial, the woman sitting there on the couch with Odd Thomas and just bawling like a baby.

I haven't read it but clearly it's a tear-jerker.

Norby, I watched Shake Hands With The Devil and that was crushing. I'm a complete sap with movies. I cried when I saw ET. (Go ahead, laugh at me.)

norby said...

Who doesn't cry when they see ET? How can you not?

Joan of Arcadia was a killer for me. Every Friday night at eight fifty pm I was crying. And my husband was teasing me, the bastard. That was a brilliant show.

Eileen said...

I have Lippman's book on order. I think I might be giddy too.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Ohhh, I love the joke...I want to procure it...may I?

And TV has been making me cry lately...if they don't figure out how to get rid of Sanjaya, I'm taking the bridge!

To answer your question of why he's still there if he's so bad..Idiot Howard Stern has launched a campaign on his Sirius Satellite radio show to vote for the WORST singer! Hima and some guy that created a website are trying to sink AI!

Sandra Ruttan said...

Well Norby, I've known a few others who didn't cry seeing ET. They laughed at me.

Eileen, it will be a while before I read this one, I'm so backed up. Shame.

Bonnie, go for it w/ the joke (nice to catch up, btw) and I can't believe the influence HS has. Wonder if they'll change the rules next year?

Evil Kev said...

I have never been a giddy schoolgirl, not even when I was in school.