Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sad or Happy?

Invariably there are two kinds of movies or books, Sad or Happy. I wonder what do I like more? I am a happy go kind of person. I have never worried about anything so far in life, I used to, but that was almost 10 years back. Now I somehow, couldn't care less about anything. So what kind of books or movies do I like?

Now this is what I hear people talk, when they see a comedy movie,"Hey, to make someone laugh is infinitely tougher than to make you cry. It is easy making a sad movie, kill someone."

When I see a sad movie, people say, "Hey, this is one of the best movies I have seen, depressing, can get you sad, can make you cry, loved the movie."

(Please note a movie can easily be replaced by a book in all the cases without loss of meaning or generality).

But is this true?

I don't know, is making someone laugh much tougher than making someone cry. I don't know, I am not sure. I have seen people ready to laugh much more than be sad. Or is it just the people I know. But the people I know watch a lot of movies, read a lot of books. People do not like showing their sad self to others. If they sulk, they do it when they are alone, if they are sad, they wouldn't like sharing it with anyone. And thats the reason probably though people laugh more than cry, it is a funny moment which they find to be tougher to come along than a sad moment.

Why is it that people's favorite movies are still generally sad movies, with probably the main character dying in the end? For me, it is because sadness has some kind of beauty to it. And dying of the main character is like poetry for people. The most appreciated movies invariably centre around the main character dying or the main character being wronged. There has to be something about pain which touches people.

I am as confused as I was at the beginnning of the post. Well, it has been a long time since I posted anything. So here comes a post.

This makes me think. R K Narayan never wrote a single short story or a novel which had a happy ending. All his books were sad, but the humor somehow dissolved it. That is what I would call a genius.

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