Monday, March 21, 2016

Works Every Time: Moments of Connectiveness

Last month I was reading Joyland by Stephen King and I got up to this part of the book:
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I don't know why, but it was really an emotional punch to the gut for me.  For whatever reason I could just see the scene so clearly in my head, how the little girl's joy at seeing the dog mascot instantly turns to terror when she starts to choke.

I'm not sure so much if it's about the actual story or writing so much as just me.  I felt something similar to a lesser extent when I watch Jurassic World and the two kids go to the petting zoo and the older one is whining that it's for babies and such.  Something about the innocence of childhood being ruined gets to me maybe.

Of course there are scenes in movies that can really get me emotionally too.  Like in Star Wars The Force Awakens both times I watch it there's that moment when Rey calls Luke's lightsaber to her hand that for some reason almost makes me cry.  I have no explanation for that.  In Titanic it was the moment at the end when the old lady dies and her spirit goes back to the ship and they show all the people who died gathered by the stairway, waiting for her.

Everyone is different, so what moments in books or movies get the room dusty for you?


  1. I have to agree with that scene in Titantic (sniff) and oddly enough Toy Story 3. The thing about it is I have an older son and a younger daughter, and they both played with those Woody and Buzz toys a lot and it just mimicked my family so much with the son growing up and going off to college and leaving the toys behind. Almost the whole time I was holding back tears.

  2. I know what you mean. Sometimes I experience something similar when reading Stephen King's novels.



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