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1 Depressing Literature on Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:36 am

To the flip side of 'humor and literature', the question of what appeals to your dark side, and why. Certainly there are many subjects that are depressing in and of themselves. One can't help but be gloomy even thinking about them (wars, slavery, brutality, oppression). Then there are characters and their stories who bring you down (middle-age sad-sack car salesmen, for example). There are many different motivations for writing these various kinds of things, but I'm more interested (at the moment) in why we read them. What makes you want to read a depressing book? What do you get out of it? What are the most depressing books you've come across, and why?

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2 Re: Depressing Literature on Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:25 am

Depressing books? Hmm. Can't remember any... but then again I don't read much. But I would have to say Romeo & Juliet.

O Romeo, Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

WHY DIDN'T YOU ANSWER HER ROMEO! WHYY!! SHE WAS LOOKING FOR YOU!!


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3 Re: Depressing Literature on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:14 pm

Most of the books by Lurlene McDaniels are sad. She writes about Cancer among other sad things. I don't think I've made it through one of her books without crying.


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4 Re: Depressing Literature on Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:14 pm

The depressing stuff is usually what grabs me. I've been reading depressing literature since I could read, which is pretty sad. lol My mom always tried to get me to read...anything else!...but I prefer this stuff.

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