I’m just starting to read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes; I read her first novel (The Last Letter From Your Lover) which was reasonable but suffered by comparison with The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell, on a similar theme, which I read immediately afterwards.
One of my managers at work has read Me Before You and was telling me that, very unusually, it moved her to floods of tears. Which (a) made me hesitant about starting this book in public and (b) made me think.
There have been plenty of books which affected me emotionally (most recently probably The Hunger Games – I was very easily upset for the rest of the day) but I don’t often cry; I’m much more likely to cry at a sad part in a film (and as for opera…). I think it’s because I don’t visualise happenings very well from a book (which helps me through the gory parts too); as a result, I can know that something sad is happening but not really be very moved by it. An alternative is that I (unintentionally) read faster through emotional parts which means I don’t pick up everything.
What do you think? Do you cry when reading? Or when watching Simon Boccanegra die on stage after he’s managed to bring peace to the town again/Violetta and Mimi die of consumption/Rodrigo die of a gunshot wound with that beautiful duet music theme coming back? (why yes, I do like my Italian opera composed between 1860 and 1910 and my characters dead in abundance by the end of the opera)