Expecting the worst

I don’t like romance novels.

I never have. Something about reading about those kind of emotions makes me uncomfortable. But, even with my aversion to romance, I still read them. To be fair, I read everything. I don’t discriminate.

On Monday I started Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Jenn and Caitlynn have been telling me for a while that I need to read it, that it’s a great book.

They might be right.

Now to fully explain the title of this post. I’m about 30 pages from the end and I can’t bring myself to finish it. If you’ve read the book you know it’s not really about romance—I mean it is. But it isn’t. It’s about two people from opposite social classes who better each other even in the worst of circumstances.

I can’t speak too openly about why I can’t finish it because I don’t want to post spoilers, other than to say I think it’s going to break me. No joke, I’m expecting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows level sobbing.

Me saying I can’t finish doesn’t mean I won’t. I’ll finish it. But I will finish it on my terms since Jojo Moyes seems to want to make weep.

Having not finished the book just makes me think about how authors can effect us—how they can control our emotions. It sounds so manipulative, but it’s absolutely incredible. A good author can command our emotions with just a few lines.

It goes beyond just commanding our emotions though. Emory University did a study to better understand the emotional process that goes on in the brain while reading. Their conclusions were that regularly reading fiction would actually improve your ability to empathize. What a simple, yet wonderful side effect to reading.

So, with all of that said. What authors do you think are masters of emotions? Also, what books have you read that left you dreading the ending?

Best,

E

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3 thoughts on “Expecting the worst

    1. That’s exactly how I felt about Me Before You. I knew what the outcome was going to be and I knew what the ending needed to be to make the book powerful, I just didn’t know if I could handle it.
      – E

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