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Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it doesn’t take much to make me blubber. Anytime we’re watching a sad movie, TV show, or commercial with sentimental music, my kids will turn to stare at me, and if I let out the tiniest sniffle there will be a chorus of “Are you CRYING?” Kinda ruins the moment.
But yes. I even got a little choked up while looking up the videos to these Top Three Scenes That Made Me Bawl.
(Disclaimer: Spoilers may occur in the following text and video.)
#1. The song Uncle Iroh sings in Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Yes, I’m an Avatar geek.) Avatar is full of scenes that make me go wah, but this one is the most memorable. I’ve seen this episode at least four times but it never fails–just when Iroh chokes up, my waterworks turn on. Time to pretend I got a cat hair in my eye, or the kids will start to point and laugh. Totally not fair, it’s a sneak attack because the rest of the episode is silly and hilarious, and then WHAM, this little scene ambushes you out of nowhere.
Honorable mention (and only because it’s not out on DVD yet, or I’d totally be posting that video too): Snape’s memory montage scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2. Snape’s death scene didn’t actually get me even though it was very tragic and horrible and well acted–probably because of all the girls who’ve been romanticizing him ever since the first movie, even though in the books Professor Snape is supposed to be gross and greasy, and definitely not a sexy, conflicted soul with amazing hair–I digress. Anyway, those girls screamed and squealed and ruined the scene for me. (Cursing annoying kids in a movie theater with a plastic wand doesn’t work, by the way). But the scenes in the pensieve, when Snape found Lily’s body and was, himself, sobbing. Oh my dear goodness. Kleenex time.
When I’m drawn into a great emotional scene in a book, it’s just as easy to lose it and cry as I would during any sad scene in a movie. Fred Weasley’s death scene in the book–I think I actually felt physical pain at that one. I was still reeling from his death when I got to the part where Harry sees Lupin and Tonks’ bodies in the Great Hall, and I don’t know why I didn’t just put the book down for the night. I was torturing myself.
Several other books have made me cry throughout the years–some I read in my early teens, yet I still remember the scenes that affected me: Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern; The Masterharper of Pern; Heart’s Blood; The Once and Future King; Flowers in the Attic; The Sleep of Stone; Bones of Faerie; The Hunger Games. And many others, I’m sure, that I’m not remembering.
What books or movies have made you lose it? Have you written any sad scenes in your own work that have either brought a tear to your eye, or hopefully tears from your readers’ eyes?