It’s been a mere few hours since I finished watching The Fault in Our Stars at the Penguin Teen Marathon, and I’m absolutely exhausted. My heart was shattered a million pieces and I don’t know how I will put it back together again. Hearing sniffles in the cinema and exiting with others with tear stained faces made me feel the comfort that so many people got to experience such a brilliant, beautiful love story.
Which got me thinking, why do we love sad, tragic movies, if we know the ending is going to inevitably make us want to crawl into our covers and weep at our broken hearts? The power and the beauty that is The Fault in Our Stars, is that we will experience such a powerful depth of emotion throughout the experience. We will fall in love with two adorable, intelligent characters, the idea of love even though it won’t last for infinity, and reach that inevitable ending where all good things must come to an end. Which is exactly what life is.
We love the idea of romance and love, even though heart break may occur because that’s what makes us feel human. We want to believe that there is some happiness out there, and that we can momentarily forget our problems for a while and immerse ourselves in a little bubble of a love story. Seeing fictional characters going through such a monumental experience makes us reflect our own life, and feel grateful that we aren’t in a similar situation.
Having witnessed something beautiful and capturing it within a little infinity, is better than to have not felt anything at all. That’s why we go and see sad love stories, because even though we’ll be a million pieces at the end of it, it’s better to have lived and experienced than not at all.
I’m so proud that The Fault in Our Stars is now out as a movie, because that means movie goers everywhere will get to experience the joy, the sadness, the beauty, the passion and the heartbreak that makes us so human.
Look out for my discussion review of The Fault in Our Stars with Chiara this coming Wednesday, in our next installment of Happy Eternity Discussions.
Why do you love watching sad movies?