Do You Like Depressing Stories?
Why do I ask such a strange question?
Well, you might know that I’m currently reading Revolutionary Road–and, if the movie is any indication, this will be one of the more depressing reads on the list to this point.
I’ve seen comments before on this blog, like “I didn’t like that book because it was too depressing.” But the more I read through the list, the more I realize that if I can qualify a book as “depressing,” that’s a good indication it’s probably a well-written, excellent novel. That simply means the author is doing his or her job, evoking strong emotions in me as the reader.
That’s one of the main reasons that I really appreciated a book like Rabbit, Run. It’s definitely not a pick-me-up, but Updike wrote the characters so well and really sucked you into their plights.
Revolutionary Road is the same way. I’m over halfway through with the book, and it’s not an uplifting story, much like the movie. As a film, Revolutionary Road is absolutely one of the most depressing stories I’ve ever watched on the big screen.
But should I dislike the movie because it made me depressed? Can I not appreciate the effectiveness of the screenwriter and author in bringing those emotions out of me?
If you are depressed after leaving a film or finishing a book, doesn’t that mean it was just as powerful, in a different way, than a story you would classify as uplifting or inspiring?
Take a look at the trailer for Revolutionary Road. Yeah, even the trailer is depressing. No action-packed, super hero, romantic love story plotlines in this one.
What are your thoughts on depressing stories? Can you appreciate them even if you don’t like them?