January 29, 2023

Save the Net Books

Blogazine on Books, Arts, and Music

Why do sad books linger?

No matter how many romance novels, rom-com books I read, I still have sad books on my mind, especially A Little Life and The Book Thief. I read them a year ago. Why am I still thinking about her?

I’m having fun, reading a new feel-good book, and all of a sudden it occurs to me: Poor Jew, you should have kissed him when he was alive, damn it, Liesel!

Another sad book that is already lingering is Sunset by Jessie Cave. I read it in October, and sometimes Ruth’s thought comes to mind, “I don’t think I’ll ever get better.” I can feel those words.

Or maybe sad books don’t linger. Maybe I still have a book hangover?

So I searched high and low on google. I needed to know why sometimes I think about sad books more than happy books. I’m sure I’m not just torturing myself emotionally.

And then I saw The Phenomenon and Psychology of Book Hangover by Clare Barnett.

It’s a great article. you have to read it

dr Maja Djikic said: “It could be that sadness that readers feel after the end of the book signals a loss of something valuable – in which case it could be a loss of characters with whom we have a very strong connection, or the Loss of the whole world presented to us in the book.”

That’s so true! I feel like something valuable is being lost. But what is this “something” for me? I know there is no connection and not the whole world in the book.

*thinks for hours*

I understand it.

For me it is an emotional investment loss. I’m emotionally invested in the characters. When they finally got all my emotions, I cried for them, they left me. Well the book is over haha. You get what I mean.

Feel-good books have happy endings. I don’t worry or worry about the characters of this kind because the characters end up being happy and healthy. What do you have to think about when it comes to happiness?

But if it’s sadness, do I need to know why I’m sad and how to fix it? Nobody thinks that when they are happy they have to fix themselves. Only in sadness. Why is this?

This reminds me of Inside Out, the Pixar film. I guess sometimes sadness can’t be resolved, you just have to feel it for a while.

I guess that’s why sad books linger?