Monday, August 19, 2013

All the Feels

Yet another blog link-up from "The Book Chewers."

Prompt: It's all about the feels this week! Walk us through the books that have had a profound emotional impact on you. Use the list below as a guideline, but feel free to adjust it to suit your purposes.

Made you laugh

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Going Bovine by Libba Bray, any of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, any books from the Darkness Rising trilogy and many others.

Made you cry

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, the later Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, The Rising by Kelley Armstrong, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, and How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler. That's just off the top of my head, but I cry easily when reading books. If they're really good, I cry during endings, because I'm just so sad that it's over.

Left you depressed

Ugh, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The Host by Stephenie Meyer got me in a serious reading funk (but that book isn't exactly peppy, unicorns and rainbows to begin with). The Rising by Kelley Armstrong had a sort of bittersweet ending, but that might've just been me, because I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters right away. The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester is pretty dark, too.

Stunned or shocked you

Oh my Gollum, Insurgent for sure. Who else had no idea that that ending was coming? *Raises hand*

Left you inspired

Requiem by Lauren Oliver, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill. After I read it I wanted to get up and write or get up and do something. But when I'm inspired after reading a book, the book that I start writing is pretty much exactly like the book I just read.

Mixed emotions

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, and any of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. I laughed, I cried, and I cried some more.

Huh. A lot of these books crossed over into different categories. The Host, Harry Potter, and Wonder, especially.

How many of these books have you read? Do you agree with the categories I put them in? Leave a comment! :D


Boquinha said...

Fun, thought-provoking prompt. Of the books with which I'm familiar, I'd say they're well categorized! Eleanor & Park made me feel things for sure. I loved it!

I have to admit that I've also read some books that have inspired me in the sense that they were so bad, it made me think, "Hey, if that guy can get published, surely I can, too, because I write better than this!" :P

Rachel.T said...

If there is any book that can make someone feel all of the things, it's The Fault in Our Stars.

Shelumiel said...

My dear friend also literally had "all the feels" with The Fault in Our Stars. I'm actually intrigued and want to get my hands into it. (Yeah, I know, I ignored the hype.)

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha HA! That reminds me of a Stephen King lecture video I saw. XD ;P I'm not sure I could find it now, but he mentioned something about that first magic feeling of thinking you can write after reading a book that really sucks.

@Rachel. T Agreed! :D

@Shlumiel Oooooh, you so should! :D It's so good! And if you like that, I have some more suggestions for you. ;)

Shelumiel said...

I actually shied away from YA fiction for reasons I cannot fathom. So yeah, I'll tell you when I'm done with it. Thanks!

Dr. Mark said...

I haven't read a lot of the books on your list, but I'll agree with "The Fault in Our Stars," any Harry Potter book, "Wonder," and "The Help."

Isn't it interesting how the best books can affect us across the entire gamut of our emotional range?

The Magic Violinist said...

@Shelumiel No problem! :D

@Dr. Mark I think that's how you can determine a good writer. If they can make you feel "all the feels." :)

Lydia said...

Great post! How was "Going Bovine"? It's been on my TBR for a while.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Lydia It was . . . bizarre. But in a good way. The whole thing is kind of dark and sort of depressing, but I almost can't explain it because it's so weird. I'll leave you with this: It's not a light read, but it is very good. Lots of great, quirky characters. Balder's my favorite. :)

Anonymous said...

Ha, other people have started saying "Oh my Gollum"! *is happy*

The Magic Violinist said...

@nevillegirl Ha! :D How could I not? It's awesome! (Way better than, "Oh my gosh!" That's just too boring). ;)