Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you've ever read in a book - and how did you react?
A: Warning! This answer will contain spoilers.
In the book The Stand by Stephen King, Nick Andros gets killed by a bomb. Let me tell you, I'm still not over that and I'm pretty sure I'm permanently scarred and need book therapy. He is like my favorite character EVER!!! I was so. Upset. I felt betrayed. By Stephen King, by the story, even by myself, because I allowed myself to fall so in love with this character who did NOT deserve the tragedy that happened to him. I learned a very good lesson from The Stand which is that Stephen King is not afraid to kill his characters.
Ironically, I'm listening to The Dome, which is fantastic. As you might expect, there are many very upsetting scenes. No monsters, just humans acting monstrous. There is one scene where a woman gets raped and another woman is cheering the men on. I actually called her the "C" word out loud. I NEVER use that word. Ever. (Well hardly ever.) But the scene brought out so much emotion in me that I just reacted.
Other scenes come from Harry Potter. When Sirius Black and Fred Weasley died, I'm pretty sure I cried. Again, I fell for Sirius and for both Weasley twins and when J.K. Rowling killed them, I wanted to throw the book across the room. The Harry Potter series is tremendous - in it's scope, vision and story. I wish it didn't need to go so dark at times, but I guess that's part of its power and also the reality of war.
When I was in grade school one of my teachers read our class a book called A Taste of Blackberries. It was about a child our age who died from bee stings because he was allergic. I remember my friend and I talking about it for a long time and for a while I was afraid of getting stung by any insect. If you want to read my thoughts about it - click HERE.
What about you? What are some emotional scenes you've read?