I like what your Mom said about investing emotional energy just to be drained.
My Dad would say to me, you'll find what your looking for. Keep looking for
the good, trouble is easy to find.
I'm on the same page when it comes to most shows. In fact, some movies I
won't see, not that I don't love them but because I know they're
going to make me very emotional. I was a huge fan of musicals, especially Les
Miserables, but I won't see the movie because I know I'll need a box
of kleenex by the end... and that one doesn't end solely as a tragedy...
I do make my teenage kids read classic tragedies though. I think
they do need a dose of stark and sad endings. Too often the happy ending gives
teens a sense of false-immortality. I think that some tragedies
don't tell the whole story for me... my beliefs are such that most tragic
lives will someday be clothed in glory. But it's not like movies can show
that... so there's another reason that tragedies leave me feeling
empty--especially the nihilistic sort where the characters all end up killing
themselves in a splatterfest. I think many of those sorts of movies try to
communicate that people are nothing but death prone meat-sacks. And that's
Just last night I saw The Impossible! Great movie given it's horrific
setting(Dec. 26, 2004 Tsunami in south Asia)..While on the topic of fine movies,
go buy October Baby if you can find it at WalMart.