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2010-03-24 09:36:19 PM  
That would be a great book to give to your soon-to-be ex-.

"I got this for you"
What do i need this for?
"Welcome to dumpsville, population, YOU!"


\for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"
 
2010-03-24 09:39:53 PM  

sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


The sound of that title alone makes me think I want nothing to do with it....
 
2010-03-24 10:11:05 PM  

sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


Agreed. I got that as a present when my daughter was born and promptly hid it on the shelf after one reading. Made me get a lot of dust in my eye.
 
2010-03-24 10:47:32 PM  
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2010-03-24 10:56:43 PM  
WOW.

The cover of that book was bleaker than the entirety of Requiem for a Dream.
 
2010-03-24 11:01:42 PM  
"Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!"

/obscure?
//also very sad
 
2010-03-24 11:07:03 PM  
"For sale: Baby shoes, never used."
 
2010-03-24 11:08:26 PM  
Not even close to the saddest
Mommy, Please don't cry (new window)
 
2010-03-24 11:11:48 PM  
Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.
 
2010-03-25 12:29:17 AM  
Favorite reading over here since the dump

/actually only eat when I have to since then as eating is a chore in itself
 
2010-03-25 01:20:31 AM  

yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.


Damn you for mentioning that book. I think I got something in my eye.
 
2010-03-25 01:56:13 AM  
eyehate

That's not even the saddest Cormac McCarthy book.
 
2010-03-25 02:06:21 AM  
Sounds like an exciting and erotic journey.
 
2010-03-25 02:06:45 AM  
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Best employee motivational handbook I ever had!
 
2010-03-25 02:09:41 AM  

sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


I think the book is creepy... what's up with the Mom climbing into her son's window and shiat. *shudders*

How would you like that to be your mother-in-law?

/hid book on shelf as well
 
2010-03-25 02:10:30 AM  
Quick... where's the microwave popcorn? This is gonna be fun!
 
2010-03-25 02:11:29 AM  
I Love You Forever is easily the saddest book ever. I don't know if I recall right, but doesn't his mom bite it at the end, and he says the whole, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be." thing back to her while holding her?

/shiat.... promised myself I wouldn't cry....
//Red Fern close second though....
 
2010-03-25 02:11:30 AM  
eyehate The Road

Someday somebody will tell me why this book is so super sad. Telling me that I don't have a soul cannot be the right answer.
 
2010-03-25 02:12:24 AM  

yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.


I've never even owned a dog, and that's still one of the saddest damn endings I've ever read.
 
2010-03-25 02:13:29 AM  
Cormac McCarthy is a hack, the only reason "The Road" won any awards is because McCarthy is 80 & close to death.
 
2010-03-25 02:14:12 AM  
That woman has never been NEAR a microwave.....
 
2010-03-25 02:14:59 AM  
That's...somewhat demented.
 
2010-03-25 02:15:54 AM  
 
2010-03-25 02:16:21 AM  

EighthundredmillionthFarker: sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"

I think the book is creepy... what's up with the Mom climbing into her son's window and shiat. *shudders*

How would you like that to be your mother-in-law?

/hid book on shelf as well


110% with you on this one. I read it as a child, and upon finding it in a bookstore as an adult, and re-reading it, I wonder what the hell my parents were thinking. There's a distinct "a boy's best friend is his mother" vibe to it.

That being said, my vote goes to Tuck Everlasting on Saddest Book Ever.
 
2010-03-25 02:16:44 AM  
She has a TV appearance.
 
2010-03-25 02:17:21 AM  

EighthundredmillionthFarker: sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"

I think the book is creepy... what's up with the Mom climbing into her son's window and shiat. *shudders*

How would you like that to be your mother-in-law?

/hid book on shelf as well


You know, that's valid. My mom read that to me and I also thought it was a sweet book, but now that I think about it.... wow, lady had issues. And the dude never married so it was ok for his mom to come get in bed with him as an adult? What the hell were they trying to teach kids?

My childhood... it was... a lie.

DAMN YOU
 
2010-03-25 02:18:30 AM  

Jeff God of Biscuits: That being said, my vote goes to Tuck Everlasting on Saddest Book Ever.


Ooh, that one is sad. Mine though is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. WHY DID WE DROP THE ATOM BOMB WHYYYYYY
 
2010-03-25 02:18:32 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The cover of that book was bleaker than the entirety of Requiem for a Dream.


Imagine cowering in the corner while your fridge full of condiments rocks and shudders towards you, your only exit blocked by the microwave's gaping, flailing door. This is the paranoid life of the Single American Male, who, desperate for comfort outside society, has become the dreaded, demented Dope Fiend.
 
2010-03-25 02:20:41 AM  

EighthundredmillionthFarker: It's gonna be okay... shhhh... there there

*shudders again*


GAH I think that violates the graphic images clause in TOU. Someone delete that post IMMEDIATELY.
 
2010-03-25 02:20:48 AM  

NuttierThanEver: Not even close to the saddest
Mommy, Please don't cry (new window)


Were I - FSM forbid - to be in a position to be in receipt of that book, I suspect I'd want it nowhere near me as it would no doubt just rub salt in all-too-tender wounds.

/think I'll go hug my kids now
//came to play ITG, leaving humiliated
 
2010-03-25 02:20:55 AM  
So it's hilarious when someone loses their whole family and is forced to live alone?
 
2010-03-25 02:20:55 AM  
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Biggest downer of a book ever inflicted upon the junior high school kids of my generation. Thanks for sucking the life out of us, Mrs. Peterson.
 
2010-03-25 02:21:54 AM  

sleeping martyr:

\for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


Hated that book so much. Every year my aunts and uncles would leave a few new books on my grandparent's farm (book ravenous family), and it ended up on the farm one year.

Three months after my mother had died.

I couldn't stop crying all summer after reading that damn book.

/no one gave the book a second thought
//the next year I took it and buried it out in the field to get rid of it
 
2010-03-25 02:22:20 AM  

Genevieve Marie: EighthundredmillionthFarker: It's gonna be okay... shhhh... there there

*shudders again*

GAH I think that violates the graphic images clause in TOU. Someone delete that post IMMEDIATELY.


Yeah, plus I need to wake up in 3 hours. Sleep ain't happenin' tonight. Time to go lock my windows.
 
2010-03-25 02:22:39 AM  

NuttierThanEver: Not even close to the saddest
Mommy, Please don't cry (new window)


Look at the freakin list of related titles! There are dozens of books about this. I want to cry just looking at it. I don't even have kids!
 
2010-03-25 02:23:12 AM  
UsikFark: Imagine cowering in the corner while your fridge full of condiments rocks and shudders towards you, your only exit blocked by the microwave's gaping, flailing door. This is the paranoid life of the Single American Male, who, desperate for comfort outside society, has become the dreaded, demented Dope Fiend.

It's not as disturbing as the My Teacher is an Alien books, but STILL.


Genevieve Marie: Jeff God of Biscuits: That being said, my vote goes to Tuck Everlasting on Saddest Book Ever.

Ooh, that one is sad. Mine though is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. WHY DID WE DROP THE ATOM BOMB WHYYYYYY


yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.

A thread of this nature wouldn't be complete without The Giving Tree.
 
2010-03-25 02:23:30 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: Biggest downer of a book ever inflicted upon the junior high school kids of my generation. Thanks for sucking the life out of us, Mrs. Peterson.


Oh man did I hate that book. So much so that when the kid finally died I was like wow, FINALLY. Took long enough. I thought leukemia was a tough disease.

/I may have had the makings of a farker from quite a young age, looking back.
 
2010-03-25 02:24:53 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: A thread of this nature wouldn't be complete without The Giving Tree.


That bastard kid. He took all the tree had to give and it wasn't enough. I bet he beat his family and wrote the screenplay to glitter.
 
2010-03-25 02:25:14 AM  

OnmyojiOmn: Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


I should really stop clicking stuff like this.
 
2010-03-25 02:26:06 AM  

Fell In Love With a Chair: I Love You Forever is easily the saddest book ever. I don't know if I recall right, but doesn't his mom bite it at the end, and he says the whole, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be." thing back to her while holding her?


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I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my Mommy you'll be.


/ surely not obscure
 
2010-03-25 02:26:21 AM  

Epsilon: So it's hilarious when someone loses their whole family and is forced to live alone?


Only if someone loses their whole family at WalMart.
 
2010-03-25 02:26:48 AM  
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The ending to this book was rough.

/by that I mean the real ending, not the gay ass epilogue.
 
2010-03-25 02:26:49 AM  

Jimmy Devil Rocket Science: "For sale: Baby shoes, never used."


that line brings tears to my eyes every time i see it. i have a 16 month old daughter, and im so damn lucky to have her. i was at the hospital for my best friend to become an aunt for the first time. the baby was still-born. the saddest thing i have ever been a part of
 
2010-03-25 02:26:50 AM  

sleeping martyr: for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


Seriously.

I think my mom still has that book in her collection somewhere. I recall re-reading it as a teen and I got all teary-eyed.
 
2010-03-25 02:26:56 AM  

yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.


That is one of the few books I've read more than once..

The other was Wayside School is Falling Down.
 
2010-03-25 02:27:43 AM  
eyehate's book was exactly what I thought of when I read the headline.

The Road is grim and tragic and difficult to take.
 
2010-03-25 02:27:52 AM  
Link (new window)
 
2010-03-25 02:27:53 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: Only if someone loses their whole family in another customer's rolls of fat at WalMart.

 
2010-03-25 02:28:01 AM  
Oh and Ill just leave this here....
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2010-03-25 02:28:13 AM  
For me, it's always been 'The Giving Tree'...similar storyline...just tears me up everytime.
 
2010-03-25 02:28:30 AM  

RevMercutio: One of the saddest non-fiction books I've read in the past couple years.


Great book. Aneurysms suck.
 
2010-03-25 02:29:11 AM  
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2010-03-25 02:30:03 AM  

Daroc: Oh and Ill just leave this here....


brb, have some dust in my eye.
 
2010-03-25 02:30:52 AM  

Daroc: Oh and Ill just leave this here....


only cartoon to make me cry. ive watched it once. wont watch it again
 
2010-03-25 02:31:04 AM  
Genevieve Marie: That bastard kid. He took all the tree had to give and it wasn't enough. I bet he beat his family and wrote the screenplay to glitter.

WORSE.

He became the man we know as "Uwe Boll."

:-/


Quark_Quasar: And of course:

www.mychildsclass.com

Although, when I read "The Giving Tree" all my mind came up with was
thatissophat.files.wordpress.com


Oh, damn.

Yeah, The Giver was a tough one, that.


sforce: The other was Wayside School is Falling Down.

THOSE books were the uber-awesomeness.

Everyone made it a point to read those and/or the Indian in the Cupboard books.
 
2010-03-25 02:31:09 AM  

yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.


God thanks for reminding me of probably the only book to truly make me cry. On the plus side, it changed my irrational childhood fear of dogs

Daroc: Oh and Ill just leave this here....


Didn't that episode win an Emmy? Certainly deserved one
 
2010-03-25 02:31:51 AM  

UsikFark: Imagine cowering in the corner while your fridge full of condiments rocks and shudders towards you, your only exit blocked by the microwave's gaping, flailing door.


Reminds me of the Northridge Earthquake.
 
2010-03-25 02:32:58 AM  
"Where the Red Fern Grows" is not sad. It has a powerfully sad ending, but that's only because the tale in its entirety is so uplifting.
 
2010-03-25 02:33:05 AM  
I found something sad at work that might make a good book title...

Pediatric Cadaver Bag.

/sigh
 
2010-03-25 02:33:12 AM  

EighthundredmillionthFarker: RevMercutio: One of the saddest non-fiction books I've read in the past couple years.

Great book. Aneurysms suck.


Technically, they blow.
 
2010-03-25 02:33:29 AM  

DaintySavage: Jimmy Devil Rocket Science: "For sale: Baby shoes, never used."

that line brings tears to my eyes every time i see it. i have a 16 month old daughter, and im so damn lucky to have her. i was at the hospital for my best friend to become an aunt for the first time. the baby was still-born. the saddest thing i have ever been a part of


Real story time:
I was helping a colleague paint his house, and he says to tell "that" joke. The joke is....A woman gives birth to a baby, and the doctor raises it up, spins it around, and throws it against the wall. The woman shouts "My baby!"
and, the doctor says, what the hell it was dead anyway...
His landlords were there, and they just had a miscarriage....
Fark or not, I could never make that shiat up
 
2010-03-25 02:33:29 AM  
 
2010-03-25 02:33:44 AM  
I just read the plot for "The Road"...


...No thank you.
 
2010-03-25 02:33:56 AM  
I think I remember tearing up a bit after reading Sounder.
 
2010-03-25 02:34:02 AM  
Bridge to Terabithia NOOOOOOO. WHY LESLIE WHY

Now I'm also thinkinging about Freak the Mighty and Number the Stars.

I have very busy and important work things tomorrow and I have to go read Hatchet to make myself feel better. Are you guys sorry yet?
 
2010-03-25 02:34:26 AM  

DaintySavage: only cartoon to make me cry. ive watched it once. wont watch it again


Wanna-be Hachiko.
 
2010-03-25 02:34:36 AM  

entitygm:

Didn't that episode win an Emmy? Certainly deserved one


"Roswell that ends well" won an Emmy. "Jurassic Bark" lost to this..Link (new window)
 
2010-03-25 02:35:04 AM  

ckellingc: Saddest Picture Ever. (new window)


And there we go again.

What? No, I just got allergies. Really.

/sniff
 
2010-03-25 02:35:26 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Bridge to Terabithia NOOOOOOO. WHY LESLIE WHY

Now I'm also thinkinging about Freak the Mighty and Number the Stars.

I have very busy and important work things tomorrow and I have to go read Hatchet to make myself feel better. Are you guys sorry yet?


It aint' over until Old Yeller takes one between the eyes.
 
2010-03-25 02:35:49 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Bridge to Terabithia NOOOOOOO. WHY LESLIE WHY

Now I'm also thinkinging about Freak the Mighty and Number the Stars.

I have very busy and important work things tomorrow and I have to go read Hatchet to make myself feel better. Are you guys sorry yet?


Only if you read my edition of it, where the rescue plane looking for Brian ends up landing on him. :D
 
2010-03-25 02:36:52 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Everyone made it a point to read those and/or the Indian in the Cupboard books.


Yes, those are amazing, so, so amazing.

The Giver is also amazing. Because Lois Lowry does not stop being awesome.

And because this is a kids book thread- if any of you guys want to read the absolute best book I have read for kids and teens in the last- forever- get The Hunger Games and get it now. It's a trilogy and it's been on the best sellers list almost since it came out because it is so powerfully awesome. Read. Read now.

Pick a day when you're tired of being a grownup except for the whole legal drinking age part, and get yourself that book, a nice glass of wine and some tasty cheese and don't leave the house. If it's a rainy day, so much the better.
 
2010-03-25 02:37:10 AM  
I wasn't expecting to laugh when I clicked the link. Then after I clicked I couldn't stop laughing.
 
2010-03-25 02:37:32 AM  
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2010-03-25 02:37:41 AM  
Link is farked.
 
2010-03-25 02:38:02 AM  

Quark_Quasar: Only if you read my edition of it, where the rescue plane looking for Brian ends up landing on him. :D


You are made of unspeakable evil and you have now run afoul of me. This is not a good idea.

-narrows eyes-

but Brian, you were almost there! ALMOST! Keep eating the foolbirds and ride it out!
 
2010-03-25 02:38:11 AM  
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2010-03-25 02:38:48 AM  

Quark_Quasar: Genevieve Marie: Bridge to Terabithia NOOOOOOO. WHY LESLIE WHY

Now I'm also thinkinging about Freak the Mighty and Number the Stars.

I have very busy and important work things tomorrow and I have to go read Hatchet to make myself feel better. Are you guys sorry yet?

Only if you read my edition of it, where the rescue plane looking for Brian ends up landing on him. :D


Sounds like Bambi Meets Godzilla.
 
2010-03-25 02:38:59 AM  

Quark_Quasar: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: A thread of this nature wouldn't be complete without The Giving Tree.

And of course:

Although, when I read "The Giving Tree" all my mind came up with was


I'm sorry, but I thought The Giver was a terrible book :/
 
2010-03-25 02:39:30 AM  

illicit: Quark_Quasar: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: A thread of this nature wouldn't be complete without The Giving Tree.

And of course:

Although, when I read "The Giving Tree" all my mind came up with was

I'm sorry, but I thought The Giver was a terrible book :/


Wrong you are. Ashamed you should be.
 
2010-03-25 02:41:20 AM  

yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.


Also, "Pull it out"
 
2010-03-25 02:41:24 AM  
Genevieve Marie: Yes, those are amazing, so, so amazing.

The Giver is also amazing. Because Lois Lowry does not stop being awesome.


Quite right, aye.

We had the good stuff growing up, no doubt about that.


And because this is a kids book thread- if any of you guys want to read the absolute best book I have read for kids and teens in the last- forever- get The Hunger Games and get it now. It's a trilogy and it's been on the best sellers list almost since it came out because it is so powerfully awesome. Read. Read now.

Pick a day when you're tired of being a grownup except for the whole legal drinking age part, and get yourself that book, a nice glass of wine and some tasty cheese and don't leave the house. If it's a rainy day, so much the better.


Duly and truly noted and quoted, then!
 
2010-03-25 02:41:51 AM  

Fell In Love With a Chair: I Love You Forever is easily the saddest book ever. I don't know if I recall right, but doesn't his mom bite it at the end, and he says the whole, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be." thing back to her while holding her?

/shiat.... promised myself I wouldn't cry....
//Red Fern close second though....


BAHHHHH AHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH SNIFF SNORT
 
2010-03-25 02:42:26 AM  
Tachikoma, Ah yes, Grave of the Fireflies. I was 12 when I first saw that movie because it was from the same studio as Kiki's Delivery Service. I cried, I still get a lump in my throat when I think of that movie.

Also,

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For a book about homosexual magician's this book is surprisingly depressing.

/No it's not about Siegfried and Roy.
 
2010-03-25 02:42:44 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Quark_Quasar: Only if you read my edition of it, where the rescue plane looking for Brian ends up landing on him. :D

You are made of unspeakable evil and you have now run afoul of me. This is not a good idea.

-narrows eyes-

but Brian, you were almost there! ALMOST! Keep eating the foolbirds and ride it out!


I still thought he got gypped. He didn't get the gun RIGHT UNTIL the end. C'mon, give the kid a break.
 
2010-03-25 02:42:52 AM  

Genevieve Marie:
I have very busy and important work things tomorrow and I have to go read Hatchet to make myself feel better. Are you guys sorry yet?


Have you read Brian's Winter yet? It's a quasi-sequel to Hatchet, only, instead of being rescued Brian has to survive the entire winter out in the wilderness as well.
 
2010-03-25 02:43:08 AM  

Genevieve Marie: illicit: Quark_Quasar: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: A thread of this nature wouldn't be complete without The Giving Tree.

And of course:

Although, when I read "The Giving Tree" all my mind came up with was

I'm sorry, but I thought The Giver was a terrible book :/

Wrong you are. Ashamed you should be.


Well, two things:
1. I was forced to read it in school. That didn't help.
2. I hate super ambiguous endings. I prefer books with closure that don't feel like the author forgot to mail the last 3 pages to the publisher.
 
2010-03-25 02:43:35 AM  
80 posts in and I'm the Weeners this pertinent Onion link? ^

/skimmed, could be wrong
 
2010-03-25 02:43:38 AM  
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After reading this, I laugh every time the dog dies in any book. It's a sick humor of mine.
/I own a dog; a Rottweiler-mutt-thinger.
 
2010-03-25 02:43:42 AM  

Cagey B: eyehate

That's not even the saddest Cormac McCarthy book.


Okay.

Okay.

Okay.

Okay.

Guh, that book is so overrated. McCarthy's written some fantastic books, but that sure as hell isn't one of them.

I think the first book ever to make me cry was Old Yeller.
 
2010-03-25 02:43:54 AM  
"I was going to buy it, but I thought some sad old lady might need to buy it. "

Comedy gold!

"I'm so hungry...but All I have to cook with is the microbox...."
 
2010-03-25 02:44:14 AM  
Whoever put "Grave of the Fireflies" on here is a bastard, and I hate you.

That movie tore me up. The only other time I've been that wrecked by a movie was when I saw Dancer in the Dark.
 
2010-03-25 02:45:03 AM  
I came here expecting to have fun ridiculing microwave "cooking", and you're all talking about sad books. You suck, Fark.
 
2010-03-25 02:45:16 AM  

illicit: illicit: Well, two things:
1. I was forced to read it in school. That didn't help.
2. I hate super ambiguous endings. I prefer books with closure that don't feel like the author forgot to mail the last 3 pages to the publisher.


Don't ever read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

Don't you do it.
 
2010-03-25 02:45:30 AM  

humanshrapnel: 80 posts in and I'm the Weeners this pertinent Onion link? ^

/skimmed, could be wrong


First time I've been pwn3d by the filter right thar.
 
2010-03-25 02:45:34 AM  

Outshined_One: Guh, that book is so overrated. McCarthy's written some fantastic books, but that sure as hell isn't one of them.


It's a great book.

Comparing it to his other books is kinda dumb.
 
2010-03-25 02:45:45 AM  
I just read "Love You Forever." It was beautiful, but it was not sad.
 
2010-03-25 02:46:04 AM  

TheyCallThisWork: Whoever put "Grave of the Fireflies" on here is a bastard, and I hate you.

That movie tore me up. The only other time I've been that wrecked by a movie was when I saw Dancer in the Dark.


Don't worry, the only reason I ever saw Grave of the Fireflies is because a friend of mine told me it was a comedy.

/punched him at school the next day
//actually own the candy tin from the movie now
///yes, I'm the sick person who walks around anime cons eating from it
 
2010-03-25 02:46:13 AM  

Tachikoma: Have you read Brian's Winter yet? It's a quasi-sequel to Hatchet, only, instead of being rescued Brian has to survive the entire winter out in the wilderness as well.


-adds to amazon cart-

I am slightly obsessive by the way. Tfers know, but Liters don't know bout mah kids' book collection.

Why yes, I do prefer to live in a world that contains massive quantities of juvenile fiction. There's nothing wrong with that. What, are you my therapist or something?

illicit: 2. I hate super ambiguous endings. I prefer books with closure that don't feel like the author forgot to mail the last 3 pages to the publisher.


Real life doesn't end until you die. I don't think books need to be any different. A tidy ending works sometimes. But sometimes things are too hard for a nice little ending. Also, she ended up doing two sequels that explain what happened :)
 
2010-03-25 02:47:42 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Tachikoma: Have you read Brian's Winter yet? It's a quasi-sequel to Hatchet, only, instead of being rescued Brian has to survive the entire winter out in the wilderness as well.

-adds to amazon cart-

I am slightly obsessive by the way. Tfers know, but Liters don't know bout mah kids' book collection.

Why yes, I do prefer to live in a world that contains massive quantities of juvenile fiction. There's nothing wrong with that. What, are you my therapist or something?


I also suggest Maniac McGee then. And Cages.

/both beautiful, but haunting and sad
 
2010-03-25 02:47:58 AM  

Tachikoma: dreamscapes.files.wordpress.com
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You suck a fat one. Gahhhhhhh. I haven't read Terabithia, but I saw the film. That scene was a f*cking shock, and they way they dealt with it was rather amazing. Not a great movie, but that storyline was very, very well done. And a major kick to the balls. And Fireflies... it wasn't heartbreaking, because the dread was there from the beginning. You go in knowing that you're going to watch everything fall apart.

Another book that captures the whole dread thing quite nicely is The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell.
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And f*ck all of you for bringing up The Giving Tree.
 
2010-03-25 02:48:20 AM  

OnmyojiOmn: Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


That's not sad when you realize that your in-game mom sends you messages and presents and that's the one that the comic is really talking about.
 
2010-03-25 02:48:39 AM  

EighthundredmillionthFarker: RevMercutio: One of the saddest non-fiction books I've read in the past couple years.

Great book. Aneurysms suck.


I was reminded of it recently, since Sheffield did the obit for Alex Chilton in Rolling Stone, and he mentioned that he and his wife's first dance was to Big Star's "Thirteen".
 
2010-03-25 02:48:46 AM  

Tachikoma: Genevieve Marie:
I have very busy and important work things tomorrow and I have to go read Hatchet to make myself feel better. Are you guys sorry yet?

Have you read Brian's Winter yet? It's a quasi-sequel to Hatchet, only, instead of being rescued Brian has to survive the entire winter out in the wilderness as well.


Oh yes, there's a few books about ol' Brian. Including the one where they intentionally get lost and then, get lost again.

It was called "The River", if I remember correctly.
 
2010-03-25 02:48:46 AM  
I'm so confused. How do you cook a milkshake in the microwave? Is there some sort of reverse-microwave that makes things colder?
 
2010-03-25 02:48:48 AM  

humanshrapnel: First time I've been pwn3d by the filter right thar.


I'd feel a little biatchagrined over that. It seems idiosyncratic until it happens to you.
 
2010-03-25 02:48:48 AM  

Korzine: Tachikoma, Ah yes, Grave of the Fireflies. I was 12 when I first saw that movie because it was from the same studio as Kiki's Delivery Service. I cried, I still get a lump in my throat when I think of that movie.


Yeah. Weekend At Bernies II did that for me.
 
2010-03-25 02:48:56 AM  
When the wind blows. Made me a liberal, I think. Sad.
 
2010-03-25 02:49:21 AM  

Tachikoma: I also suggest Maniac McGee then. And Cages.

/both beautiful, but haunting and sad


Own them both.

My house is a bit like a field trip to the kids section of the library. I even have almost the entire Sweet Valley High series as well as about 75% of The Babysitter's Club and most of the Animorphs.

I don't discriminate- if I loved it as a kid, I have it now, even if it was crappy Scholastic series stuff rather than enduring and beautiful stuff.
 
2010-03-25 02:49:59 AM  

rcf1105: I'm so confused. How do you cook a milkshake in the microwave?


Push the button that says "milkshake". Duh.
 
2010-03-25 02:51:01 AM  
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2010-03-25 02:52:28 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Tachikoma: Have you read Brian's Winter yet? It's a quasi-sequel to Hatchet, only, instead of being rescued Brian has to survive the entire winter out in the wilderness as well.

-adds to amazon cart-

I am slightly obsessive by the way. Tfers know, but Liters don't know bout mah kids' book collection.

Why yes, I do prefer to live in a world that contains massive quantities of juvenile fiction. There's nothing wrong with that. What, are you my therapist or something?

illicit: 2. I hate super ambiguous endings. I prefer books with closure that don't feel like the author forgot to mail the last 3 pages to the publisher.

Real life doesn't end until you die. I don't think books need to be any different. A tidy ending works sometimes. But sometimes things are too hard for a nice little ending. Also, she ended up doing two sequels that explain what happened :)


Well, since I didn't like the first one, why would I go through two more? And I just like actual endings, even if they are sad. That's just my personal taste.

I have more experience with depressing movies than depressing books, though. My personal favorite is Old Boy, probably one of the rougher movies I've ever watched, but also one of my favorites, for the very same reason.
 
2010-03-25 02:53:14 AM  
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2010-03-25 02:54:03 AM  

Genevieve Marie: My house is a bit like a field trip to the kids section of the library


You have a creepy old guy in the corner smacking his pasty lips?
 
2010-03-25 02:54:21 AM  
It's nice to see that admins are green lighting their own submissions.

*Sigh*
 
2010-03-25 02:54:24 AM  

illicit: I have more experience with depressing movies than depressing books, though. My personal favorite is Old Boy, probably one of the rougher movies I've ever watched, but also one of my favorites, for the very same reason.


I hate that movie with every fiber of my being, so, so much and every time it is on at my house I flee the premises because it grosses me out so much. Granted, I've had the story line explained to me and it's a cool (albeit farked up) story, but jesus god, I don't need to deal with that level of pain and misery. Childlike sadness I can relate to, because it's there to teach you about the world. Genuinely horrifying nightmare scenarios like Old Boy? Not so much
 
2010-03-25 02:55:09 AM  
Genevieve Marie: My house is a bit like a field trip to the kids section of the library. I even have almost the entire Sweet Valley High series as well as about 75% of The Babysitter's Club and most of the Animorphs.

I don't discriminate- if I loved it as a kid, I have it now, even if it was crappy Scholastic series stuff rather than enduring and beautiful stuff.


Sometime, I'll have to look through my collection and tell you about certain titles I have.
 
2010-03-25 02:56:30 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Sometime, I'll have to look through my collection and tell you about certain titles I have.


In detail please, so we can wax nostalgic. Remind me to send you a list of fabbity- fab kids and young adult books from the last few years too. Sometimes it's nice not to be a grownup and to read like a kid.
 
2010-03-25 02:57:05 AM  
Tachikoma: [Hobbes pic]

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2010-03-25 02:58:37 AM  

Tachikoma: or


I can't watch that movie to this day. And I have an irrational hatred of fireflies as well...
 
2010-03-25 03:01:17 AM  
Genevieve Marie: In detail please, so we can wax nostalgic. Remind me to send you a list of fabbity- fab kids and young adult books from the last few years too.

Right on, right on.

I doubt that my collection is anywhere near as expansive of yours, but I'll have to look through my stuff sometime and give ya the word.


Sometimes it's nice not to be a grownup and to read like a kid.

Heh, you got that right!
 
2010-03-25 03:01:45 AM  
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2010-03-25 03:03:23 AM  
If you want to stick with the Y.A. stuff, one of the most soul-crushingly depressing books I've ever read would be:

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2010-03-25 03:03:23 AM  
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!!!
 
2010-03-25 03:03:46 AM  
mumu. the little match seller. etc. etc.

much sadder shiat than lone cooking has been dumped upon me as a child. thank FSM these days I can choose my soul porn myself and don't have to bother with real life.
 
2010-03-25 03:04:07 AM  
Menstrual Cyclist: Tachikoma: or [Grave of the Fireflies]

I can't watch that movie to this day. And I have an irrational hatred of fireflies as well...


I gave that movie a try due to all the recommendations I've heard on TotalFark.

I heard that it was a crusher of a movie.

I had no idea.

Damn and a half, it took the wind outta my sails for a long chunk of time.
 
2010-03-25 03:05:26 AM  

nesler: If you want to stick with the Y.A. stuff, one of the most soul-crushingly depressing books I've ever read would be:


Ooh, how did I miss that? -amazon cart-
 
2010-03-25 03:06:06 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Menstrual Cyclist: Tachikoma: or [Grave of the Fireflies]

I can't watch that movie to this day. And I have an irrational hatred of fireflies as well...

I gave that movie a try due to all the recommendations I've heard on TotalFark.

I heard that it was a crusher of a movie.

I had no idea.

Damn and a half, it took the wind outta my sails for a long chunk of time.


Saddest movie ever. Farkers, if you see this it will be sadder than the saddest thing you've seen. I guarantee it.
 
2010-03-25 03:06:33 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Everyone made it a point to read those and/or the Indian in the Cupboard books.

Yes, those are amazing, so, so amazing.

The Giver is also amazing. Because Lois Lowry does not stop being awesome.

And because this is a kids book thread- if any of you guys want to read the absolute best book I have read for kids and teens in the last- forever- get The Hunger Games and get it now. It's a trilogy and it's been on the best sellers list almost since it came out because it is so powerfully awesome. Read. Read now.

Pick a day when you're tired of being a grownup except for the whole legal drinking age part, and get yourself that book, a nice glass of wine and some tasty cheese and don't leave the house. If it's a rainy day, so much the better.


Big yes on the Hunger Games. That is a great book.
 
2010-03-25 03:08:09 AM  

kxs401: Big yes on the Hunger Games. That is a great book.


I cannot wait for the third book in August. I haven't loved a book series this much since Harry Potter.
 
2010-03-25 03:08:21 AM  

TheyCallThisWork: humanshrapnel: First time I've been pwn3d by the filter right thar.

I'd feel a little biatchagrined over that. It seems idiosyncratic until it happens to you.


I think that's the first thing in this entire thread that actually made me laugh.
 
2010-03-25 03:08:52 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Menstrual Cyclist: Tachikoma: or [Grave of the Fireflies]

I can't watch that movie to this day. And I have an irrational hatred of fireflies as well...

I gave that movie a try due to all the recommendations I've heard on TotalFark.

I heard that it was a crusher of a movie.

I had no idea.

Damn and a half, it took the wind outta my sails for a long chunk of time.


What you need to do is watch what ended up getting called the 'suicide combo' at my high school.

You sit down and watch Grave of the Fireflies. Then continue with My Neighbor Totoro. Finish it off with Jin-Roh.

Guaranteed to make you want to kill yourself.

Half the reason for that order is because when Grave of the Fireflies and Totoro originally came out in Japan, no one thought they would do well independently, so they were released as a double feature with Fireflies being viewed first, and Totoro second.

You'll know the exact scene that shows how horrible an idea that was in Totoro the instant it starts.

/have only watched the suicide combo once
//my knitting kept me sane, but not very well
 
2010-03-25 03:10:18 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Ooh, how did I miss that? -amazon cart-


I have a feeling that you use Amazon Prime. Have you noticed that some of the used books on Amazon are actually handled by Amazon, and thus eligible for Prime?
 
2010-03-25 03:11:56 AM  
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This is the saddest pic ever.
 
2010-03-25 03:12:21 AM  

nesler: Genevieve Marie: Ooh, how did I miss that? -amazon cart-

I have a feeling that you use Amazon Prime. Have you noticed that some of the used books on Amazon are actually handled by Amazon, and thus eligible for Prime?


I have indeed. I am something of an Amazon Prime junkie.

And my boyfriend got me a kindle for Valentines day furthering my amazon addiction.

I need help.

I work 70 hour weeks, spend far too much time lurking around you guys and then read a lot of kids books.

Who needs sleep? Sleep is not needed.
 
2010-03-25 03:13:23 AM  
Genevieve Marie at al Speaking of reminiscing about kids' books, I love going into the kids' section of my local Border's and seeing which of my favorite books from 20-25 years ago are still popular.

I pray to god that in 15 years Harry Potter will not be easy to find. It simply doesn't compare to Wilson Rawls (ok, so he was kind of a one hit wonder with Where the Red Fern Grows) Scott O'Dell, or Susan Cooper to name a few. Unfortunately with the movie franchise it has become, I expect it will.
 
2010-03-25 03:13:25 AM  
I recently read an extremely depressing book geared towards adolescents, but I can't remember the title.

The story is about a kid who attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. He lived through it, but had severe brain damage. The book is from his perspective while he tried to piece together who he was, what had happened, and why people treated him strange.

It was a mindfark at the very least.
 
2010-03-25 03:13:32 AM  
Haha, one of the comments on the blug post - "But my favorite irony is that I don't even own a microwave. What about "crappy gas-stove cooking for one"? Anyone?"

Talk about thinking that everything always has to be about them... That's ironic? Really?

/ok, i'm done. just thought that was bizarre.
 
2010-03-25 03:13:49 AM  
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2010-03-25 03:13:51 AM  
Her website. Become a Facebook fan. This will be go to meme for berating lonesome losers for years to come. Awww, can't get a date? You should try microwaving for one. At least you won't be hungry.

Wish I'd had it in the arsenal for the catcalls thread.
 
2010-03-25 03:14:34 AM  
Link Fail. Retry.

Her website.
 
2010-03-25 03:15:11 AM  

OnmyojiOmn: Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

/ Seen that one before.
// Still gets me.
 
2010-03-25 03:15:33 AM  

aharown: Genevieve Marie at al Speaking of reminiscing about kids' books, I love going into the kids' section of my local Border's and seeing which of my favorite books from 20-25 years ago are still popular.

I pray to god that in 15 years Harry Potter will not be easy to find. It simply doesn't compare to Wilson Rawls (ok, so he was kind of a one hit wonder with Where the Red Fern Grows) Scott O'Dell, or Susan Cooper to name a few. Unfortunately with the movie franchise it has become, I expect it will.


They don't need to be compared- they're each amazing in their own way. I love all those authors, but I love Harry Potter too. J. K. Rowling just wrote a touching kids story in a world that had the potential to be highly commercial. The others did not create a marketable world separate from the real world. But all of them are amazing and I think all of them have their place in kids' lit.
 
2010-03-25 03:15:35 AM  

Genevieve Marie: nesler: If you want to stick with the Y.A. stuff, one of the most soul-crushingly depressing books I've ever read would be:

Ooh, how did I miss that? -amazon cart-


Yeah, I just requested it from my library, it looks great.

And the third Hunger Games book is coming out in August? I can't wait! Katniss is such a fantastic heroine.
 
2010-03-25 03:18:25 AM  

Genevieve Marie: And my boyfriend got me a kindle for Valentines day furthering my amazon addiction.


This is when you learn how to use IRC, so you can download books off of the #bookz channel. Torrents are also good, but #bookz has more. Then you learn to use Mobipocket Creator to convert them to PRC, which the Kindle can use. Then you wind up with approximately 97,000 books on your Kindle.

/First-gen Kindle owner.
//If I weren't unemployed (and increasingly broke), I would own the DX.
///anyone hiring?
 
2010-03-25 03:18:30 AM  

kxs401: Genevieve Marie: nesler: If you want to stick with the Y.A. stuff, one of the most soul-crushingly depressing books I've ever read would be:

Ooh, how did I miss that? -amazon cart-

Yeah, I just requested it from my library, it looks great.

And the third Hunger Games book is coming out in August? I can't wait! Katniss is such a fantastic heroine.


Yes she is and yes it is. It'll be called Mockingjay and here's a link to the cover: Link (new window)
 
2010-03-25 03:21:30 AM  
In fourth grade our teacher read "Where the Red Fern Grows" out loud to the class a little each day. On the last day all the kids in class ended up in the bathroom crying.
 
2010-03-25 03:21:47 AM  
The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs?
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2010-03-25 03:23:27 AM  
Notes Left Behind. (new window)

I farking DARE you not to cry, even if you don't have children. As an added bonus, here's a two page article that summarizes the dad's feelings as his daughter died within a six month period:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/33505113/ns/today-today_books/
(new window)

And that little girl kept leaving notes, even once the tumor affected her brain so much she couldn't write a coherent sentence. fark, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.
 
2010-03-25 03:24:58 AM  
God damn you Fark Im getting all teary eyed
 
2010-03-25 03:24:59 AM  
Wait wait wait wait...

On that tray...how the hell do you make a MILKSHAKE in the farking microwave?!
 
2010-03-25 03:26:40 AM  
Sadder book title

My neighbor just bought Microwave Cooking For One and now I can't find my cat
 
2010-03-25 03:29:06 AM  
Tachikoma

oh lord, yes to both of those.
 
2010-03-25 03:29:50 AM  

lobootomy: And that little girl kept leaving notes, even once the tumor affected her brain so much she couldn't write a coherent sentence. fark, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.


I remember reading a different article about that. God damn it, I didn't want to be reminded of it.
 
2010-03-25 03:31:10 AM  
"Obamacare...The Destruction of a Once Great Nation"
 
2010-03-25 03:32:41 AM  

anfrind: I'd feel a little biatchagrined over that. It seems idiosyncratic until it happens to you.

I think that's the first thing in this entire thread that actually made me laugh.


I was really disappointed that the __c+until didn't convert. It used to.
 
2010-03-25 03:33:14 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: WOW.

The cover of that book was bleaker than the entirety of Requiem for a Dream.


HAHAHAHA, that's farked up.
 
2010-03-25 03:35:19 AM  

lobootomy: Notes Left Behind. (new window)

I farking DARE you not to cry, even if you don't have children. As an added bonus, here's a two page article that summarizes the dad's feelings as his daughter died within a six month period:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/33505113/ns/today-today_books/ (new window)

And that little girl kept leaving notes, even once the tumor affected her brain so much she couldn't write a coherent sentence. fark, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.


I remember that!

My mother did the same thing while she was dying, and I ended up finding her last note after I moved away to college several years later (it was tucked away in a book she had loved). I still have the note, but every time I even look at it I start bawling like a little baby again.

/I really should send a copy to my little brother
//but I just can't bring myself to
///I remember his reaction to the 5th season of Buffy, and I don't want to do that to him again
 
2010-03-25 03:36:04 AM  

lobootomy: Notes Left Behind. (new window)

I farking DARE you not to cry, even if you don't have children. As an added bonus, here's a two page article that summarizes the dad's feelings as his daughter died within a six month period:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/33505113/ns/today-today_books/ (new window)

Damn I was destroyed after I read that book, passed it on to my sister and she lost it about 5 pages in. Absolutely one of the hardest reads ever

And that little girl kept leaving notes, even once the tumor affected her brain so much she couldn't write a coherent sentence. fark, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

 
2010-03-25 03:38:01 AM  

OnmyojiOmn: Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


I spoke too soon, that's farked up.
 
2010-03-25 03:38:10 AM  
Doesn't the dog die in Dean Koontz's Watchers? I forget.
 
2010-03-25 03:38:16 AM  
the "Wild Turkey 101 Guide to Closure" would be pretty sad if anyone would ever sober up to write it....
or recall it
 
2010-03-25 03:38:31 AM  
Not sure what the hell just happened there.

Anyway I was saying that book destroyed me when I read it, so I gave it to my wife. She got about 5 pages in and was a mess. Same with my sister, just an unbelievably harrowing read
 
2010-03-25 03:38:59 AM  
I like the list of people this book would be useful for on www.microwavecookingforone.com, especially the last entry:

Busy Households Full of Individual Tastes
College Students
Cost-Conscious Households
Individuals Living Alone
Individuals on a Special Diet or Any Diet
Newly Weds
Retired Couples
Widows and Widowers
Yourself!


Oh yeah? Well fark YOU!!!
 
2010-03-25 03:39:32 AM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: I spoke too soon, that's farked up.


Yeah, what kind of weirdo has kids with an MS patient in a wheelchair?
 
2010-03-25 03:42:16 AM  
eyehate:

The Road was perhaps the most disappointing, longest sustained piece of crap I have ever forced myself to read. As a fan of the author's other work I expected something to happen, but it could have been a short story dug out of the bottom of Stephen King's reject bin, expanded by a sadist to novel length. Just awful.
 
2010-03-25 03:44:38 AM  
Tuesdays with Morrie
 
2010-03-25 03:46:59 AM  

oohpah: In fourth grade our teacher read "Where the Red Fern Grows" out loud to the class a little each day. On the last day all the kids in class ended up in the bathroom crying.


My wife just finished reading that to her third grade class today.

She assures me that there were tears.
 
2010-03-25 03:47:25 AM  

pelzar: I recently read an extremely depressing book geared towards adolescents, but I can't remember the title.

The story is about a kid who attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. He lived through it, but had severe brain damage. The book is from his perspective while he tried to piece together who he was, what had happened, and why people treated him strange.

It was a mindfark at the very least.


Dunno. Might be I Am the Cheese? If not, that book might be up your alley.
 
2010-03-25 03:47:58 AM  

MattyBlast: Tuesdays with Morrie


Another crusher, but in my context I was reading it not long after my dad had gone out the same way as Morrie.
 
2010-03-25 03:50:27 AM  

Daroc: Oh and Ill just leave this here....

Maybe because it's because I never had a pet, but I found "The Luck of the Fryrish" much more of a tear-jerker than "Jurassic Bark".

/Wait, did I admit that?
 
2010-03-25 03:52:31 AM  
OnmyojiOmn: Saddest movie ever. Farkers, if you see this it will be sadder than the saddest thing you've seen. I guarantee it.

I don't know if it's the saddest movie I've seen... but damn if it doesn't rank right up there.


Tachikoma: //my knitting kept me sane, but not very well

That's where the old school gaming comes in for me.

I fire up a copy of Mega Man 2 and I'm good as gold.


Ego edo infantia cattus: HAHAHAHA, that's farked up.

Heh, dude, I'm TELLING you.

Cue up the Requiem for a Dream main theme over a picture of that microwave book and you'll reduce people to tears in NOTHIN' flat.
 
2010-03-25 03:53:39 AM  
Alright, some one has to say it, so it might as well be me:

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/troll, troll, troll...
// not really, I don't give a sheit what you have to say.
 
2010-03-25 03:55:45 AM  
derrr. some one = someone.
I blame the booze.
 
2010-03-25 03:56:20 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Cue up the Requiem for a Dream main theme over a picture of that microwave book and you'll reduce people to tears in NOTHIN' flat.


To be honest, I didn't find most of "Requiem for a Dream" sad so much as... disturbing.
 
2010-03-25 03:58:41 AM  
That movie was extremely sad and disturbing.
 
2010-03-25 03:59:06 AM  

OnmyojiOmn: Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


Goddamn it fu for making me shed man-tears. Real or not it was very moving.
 
2010-03-25 04:00:17 AM  
I can't get the arse to arse part out of my head.
*shivers*
 
2010-03-25 04:00:29 AM  
evaned: To be honest, I didn't find most of "Requiem for a Dream" sad so much as... disturbing.

*nods*

I dig, I follow.

Fair enough, aye.


Ellen Burstyn... damn. She could level the viewer, though.

*And* she was robbed of that.

I don't care if she already won for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She was robbed.
 
2010-03-25 04:02:15 AM  
Robbed of the Oscar, I meant.
 
2010-03-25 04:03:02 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I fire up a copy of Mega Man 2 and I'm good as gold.


Those games suck. All of them. Horrible, horrible games.
 
2010-03-25 04:05:02 AM  

UsikFark: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The cover of that book was bleaker than the entirety of Requiem for a Dream.

Imagine cowering in the corner while your fridge full of condiments rocks and shudders towards you, your only exit blocked by the microwave's gaping, flailing door. This is the paranoid life of the Single American Male, who, desperate for comfort outside society, has become the dreaded, demented Dope Fiend.


You called?
 
2010-03-25 04:05:38 AM  

nesler: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I fire up a copy of Mega Man 2 and I'm good as gold.

Those games suck. All of them. Horrible, horrible games.


THANK YOU!
 
2010-03-25 04:08:58 AM  
nesler: Those games suck. All of them. Horrible, horrible games.


I think this comment might have made me sadder than any of the books listed above.

:'-/
 
2010-03-25 04:09:14 AM  
I learned a long time ago that any book featuring cute pets on the cover meant that one or all of those pets would die before the end. Its sort of like how you don't show a gun in a film unless its going to go off later.
 
2010-03-25 04:09:56 AM  

Tachikoma: [Tsukimiya Ayu]
/if you get it, you know it
//if you don't, well, think Grave of the Fireflies but slightly creepier


I never finished the game nor the newer TV series, but the version in the '02 TV series messed with me plenty. That said, it's not "Grave of the Fireflies" depressing.
 
2010-03-25 04:14:45 AM  

gadian: ...Its sort of like how you don't show a gun in a film unless its going to go off later.


wow, I honestly can't think of a gun in a movie that doesn't go off. I think you just ruined western film for me.
 
2010-03-25 04:16:44 AM  

EighthundredmillionthFarker: sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"

I think the book is creepy... what's up with the Mom climbing into her son's window and shiat. *shudders*

/hid book on shelf as well



My son came running in the front door one night. He ran to his room, locked the door and I could hear him throwing up and gagging. I asked him what was wrong. He said nothing. After a while all sound died and he wouldn't answer me. I thought, oh my gosh he has taken some drug or something and is laying dead on the bathroom floor. I MUST SAVE HIM! So I went outside, pried his window open, crawled in (fell in head first actually because the window was so high) and found him praying to the porcelain gods. He was like, "Mom, get out. I'm just drunk and I have to work tomorrow. I'm trying to get the alcohol out of my stomach. How did you get in my room?!"

/cool story, mom

I did buy this book for my son when he was younger. I signed it and put it away till he has his first child. Then he will understand my crazy love for him.
 
2010-03-25 04:18:03 AM  

Yume no Hikari: Tachikoma: [Tsukimiya Ayu]
/if you get it, you know it
//if you don't, well, think Grave of the Fireflies but slightly creepier

I never finished the game nor the newer TV series, but the version in the '02 TV series messed with me plenty. That said, it's not "Grave of the Fireflies" depressing.


Watch the newer series (the '02 one sucked pretty bad). It actually does get that depressing. It keeps heaping everything on worse and worse until they get to Ayu, and you realize that pretty much the entire anime was from her point of view to begin with.

/not sure how the '02 series went, couldn't make it past the first ten minutes
//own the Kyoto Animation version on DVD
 
2010-03-25 04:18:49 AM  

OnmyojiOmn: Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


SNIFFLE!!!
red fern ect ect

Also, i recommended the road to my mother, only to be called that night with her in tears, cursing at me for having her read such a sad book heh oops
 
2010-03-25 04:20:57 AM  
I haven't even come close to finishing it, but back to the topic:
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2010-03-25 04:23:07 AM  

Abstruse: On that tray...how the hell do you make a MILKSHAKE in the farking microwave?!


Someone needs to buy this book just to answer THIS.
 
2010-03-25 04:25:21 AM  
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into the valley of death, rode the six hundred...
 
2010-03-25 04:26:43 AM  
Abstruse: On that tray...how the hell do you make a MILKSHAKE in the farking microwave?!

Very carefully.
 
2010-03-25 04:27:12 AM  
Thinking of all the books in my life that have made me cry since childhood... The Giver had me bawling my eyes out when I read it in 4th grade, when they kill one of the twins. I can't read The His Dark Materials trilogy without bawling at the end of the Amber Spyglass. I think Stargirl got me as well, but that's one of my favorite books.

More recently, I was horribly disturbed and depressed after I read 1984 as a freshman in high school. I was in a serious, noticeable funk for at least two weeks. It definitely altered the way I think and I preached about the necessity of reading it to all my friends. Read it again in English as a senior, and it was equally as depressing.

That and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows got me too. Thanks for killing off all my favorite characters...
 
2010-03-25 04:30:08 AM  

Skullduggery:
That and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows got me too. Thanks for killing off all my favorite characters...


Not Hedwig, you biatch!!! Why? Why?? Oh my god, I hate you.
 
2010-03-25 04:39:08 AM  

sleeping martyr:
\for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


Over in one. Although, The Giving Tree is up there, as was mentioned by several others ;-)
 
2010-03-25 04:41:05 AM  
Saddest book ever? How about Elie Wiesel's "Night"?

It's sad because:

1. Of the scope of human suffering it gives us.
2. The full extent of man's inherent capability for cruelty to other men.
3. This cruelty will probably continue to happen as long as human beings exist.
 
2010-03-25 04:42:17 AM  
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2010-03-25 04:45:52 AM  
Microwave Cooking for One: "Heat for three minutes, five minutes, burn it, who cares - you're all alone!!"
 
2010-03-25 04:48:38 AM  
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I've lost my only friend in this world.. :(
 
2010-03-25 04:51:24 AM  
All you 'The Giving Tree' people suck. I bought that book a few days ago to give to my niece for her 1st B-day. I don't ever remember reading it and had no inclination to until about 20 minutes ago.

I'm now sitting here trying not to let my roommate hear me cry as I stare at my phone wondering if it's appropriate to call my mother at 2AM.

Screw you guys.

/I never got along, or really even liked, my mom.
//This book has brought me the closest I've ever come to changing that.
 
2010-03-25 04:52:08 AM  
Manifold Destiny a cookbook for those who live in their car or van down by the river.

Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine! (Paperback)
~ Chris Maynard (Author), Bill Scheller (Author)
Key Phrases: greasing foil, injector housing, engine cooking, New Jersey, Manifold Destiny, New England (more...)
 
2010-03-25 04:54:40 AM  
Am I a bad person for just reading the synopsis of all these books on Wikipedia? or just a dumb one?


/"Looks like we got ourselves a reader" - Bill Hicks
 
2010-03-25 05:00:26 AM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: Those games suck. All of them. Horrible, horrible games.

THANK YOU!


Someone agrees? I'm not alone in the world? Oh thank you, thank you... :sob:

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I think this comment might have made me sadder than any of the books listed above.


Hateful, nasty things. Choppy-ass character movement reminiscent of playing a Game and Watch LCD game. Levels designed by sadists. Unavoidable deaths without foreknowledge of what's coming.

It's one long, prolonged game of Memory.

Skullduggery: I can't read The His Dark Materials trilogy without bawling at the end of the Amber Spyglass. I think Stargirl got me as well, but that's one of my favorite books.


I was thinking of that series all through this thread, but wasn't sure if it was appropriate. Excellent read. Depressing... so yeah, it qualifies.

PhilMP: /I never got along, or really even liked, my mom.
//This book has brought me the closest I've ever come to changing that.


And the next time you talk to her, you'll be right back where ya were. Trust me, I know. And I hate that god damn book.
 
2010-03-25 05:01:56 AM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: Am I a bad person for just reading the synopsis of all these books on Wikipedia? or just a dumb one?


/"Looks like we got ourselves a reader" - Bill Hicks


"Whatcha readin' for?"
 
2010-03-25 05:03:36 AM  

Phoenix_M: Cormac McCarthy is a hack, the only reason "The Road" won any awards is because McCarthy is 80 & close to death.


Retarded. It's a great book, though it's not really sad.
 
2010-03-25 05:16:01 AM  
also, metamorphosis.
 
2010-03-25 05:22:25 AM  
Korzine: For a book about homosexual magician's this book is surprisingly depressing.

/:I told you I would never leave you when I Chose you,: she said calmly. :I knew what our bond would come to then, when I first Chose you - and I don't regret my choice. I love you, and I am proud to stand beside you. There is not a single moment that I would take back.:
 
2010-03-25 05:24:01 AM  
gadian

Skullduggery
That and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows got me too. Thanks for killing off all my favorite characters...

Not Hedwig, you biatch!!! Why? Why?? Oh my god, I hate you.


I laughed, but i seriously did have that reaction.
 
2010-03-25 05:30:40 AM  
Imagine reading that book while listening to this album:

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2010-03-25 05:38:23 AM  
Genevieve Marie:

Are you in porn? The name rings familiar.
 
2010-03-25 05:43:20 AM  

Gyrfalcon: That woman has never been NEAR a microwave.....


Jingks: She has a TV appearance.


Erm. GyrFalcon, I have you favorited. After watching Jingks' video, well, I must say you are wrong. For its time, circa 1986, this was a pioneering microwave cookbook. Thanks and props to Jingks. +1 internets

Just watch the video. The author and the host of the show are both articulate and look for the author's alacrity while on camera. You can see both the host and the author thinking while they are talking.
 
2010-03-25 05:44:32 AM  
Geez people, lighten up on "I'll Love You Forever." The mom holding her son while he was sleeping illustrated her unchanging love for him, it wasn't to suggest that she might actually climb into his upstairs window through a ladder.

As for the way it ends, well, that's just beautiful. Everyone gets old and dies, there's no escaping that. The books shows that love however does not die, but gets passed down through the generations.

I certainly hope that when my time here is done, the love I have shown my children will live on as it is passed to my grandchildren and beyond. That's really the only kind of immortality anyone can ever have.

"Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man -- yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it." - Marcus Aurelius
 
2010-03-25 05:47:48 AM  

Beertrand: For its time, circa 1986, this was a pioneering microwave cookbook.


The Amazon link has a publication date of 1999.
 
2010-03-25 05:49:27 AM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: Am I a bad person for just reading the synopsis of all these books on Wikipedia? or just a dumb one?


/"Looks like we got ourselves a reader" - Bill Hicks


I've been doing the same thing.
 
2010-03-25 05:49:59 AM  

TappingTheVein: Imagine reading that book while listening to this album:


Also known as talking to anyone over the age of sixty five.
 
2010-03-25 06:08:55 AM  

Abstruse: Beertrand: For its time, circa 1986, this was a pioneering microwave cookbook.

The Amazon link has a publication date of 1999.


...Looky at the dateline in the opening of the aforementioned video.
 
2010-03-25 06:12:42 AM  

Abstruse: Beertrand: For its time, circa 1986, this was a pioneering microwave cookbook.

The Amazon link has a publication date of 1999.


So... you're unfamiliar with the concept of editions after the first?
 
2010-03-25 06:19:13 AM  
One that I've never read, but always assumed was co-authored by Debbie Downer.

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/If not Debbie Downer, then Trisha Traumatized.
//Or maybe Kinky Karen, if my fantasy plays out...
///Screw the aisle seat, I want to be co-pilot.
 
2010-03-25 06:20:18 AM  
A little kid left a copy of an Aesop's fable at my workplace, the story of the fox and the grapes. This (apparently brilliant) kid had done a little editing, though; he or she tore out a few key pages, completely changing the meaning, turning it into a sad but meaningful tale that expressed the futility of hard work and the cruel joke that is adulthood.

/also sad
//fox, you don't get those grapes. It doesn't matter how hard you tried
///it's in my truck, with my name written in it
 
2010-03-25 06:20:44 AM  
Ego edo infantia cattus:
gadian: ...Its sort of like how you don't show a gun in a film unless its going to go off later.

wow, I honestly can't think of a gun in a movie that doesn't go off. I think you just ruined western film for me.


I don't recall the antique shotguns in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" being fired.

Or Singh's hunting rifle in "The Wolfman". It NOT going off was a key plot point (reverse Chekhov?)
 
2010-03-25 06:24:44 AM  

Skullduggery: Thinking of all the books in my life that have made me cry since childhood... The Giver had me bawling my eyes out when I read it in 4th grade, when they kill one of the twins. I can't read The His Dark Materials trilogy without bawling at the end of the Amber Spyglass. I think Stargirl got me as well, but that's one of my favorite books.

More recently, I was horribly disturbed and depressed after I read 1984 as a freshman in high school. I was in a serious, noticeable funk for at least two weeks. It definitely altered the way I think and I preached about the necessity of reading it to all my friends. Read it again in English as a senior, and it was equally as depressing.

That and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows got me too. Thanks for killing off all my favorite characters...


I read that monster of a book in one sitting. I cried like a little girl.
Still need to see Grave of the Fireflies, yes, I know. Im an emotional masochist.
Giving Tree makes me sad just thinking about it.
 
2010-03-25 06:26:31 AM  

Quark_Quasar: illicit: illicit: Well, two things:
1. I was forced to read it in school. That didn't help.
2. I hate super ambiguous endings. I prefer books with closure that don't feel like the author forgot to mail the last 3 pages to the publisher.

Don't ever read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

Don't you do it.


Wait, that WAS closure; I felt that it ended the only way it could have while remaining true to the plot. I mean, there was no ambiguity in that Roland's plight was clearly going to continue in a fixed and unpleasant way.
 
2010-03-25 06:32:59 AM  
If the author was in her mid 60s in 1986, that would make her pushing 90 now.

A spectacularly bad interview (new window)
 
2010-03-25 06:35:32 AM  
No Such Agency
I don't recall the antique shotguns in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" being fired.

They are fired by Harry the Hatchet.
 
2010-03-25 06:36:07 AM  
Subby: If it's so sad, why am I laughing so hard???
 
2010-03-25 06:43:33 AM  
Xetal:
No Such Agency
I don't recall the antique shotguns in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" being fired.

They are fired by Harry the Hatchet.


I must have forgotten that after the Bren gun scene ;)
 
2010-03-25 06:48:08 AM  

Genevieve Marie: illicit: I have more experience with depressing movies than depressing books, though. My personal favorite is Old Boy, probably one of the rougher movies I've ever watched, but also one of my favorites, for the very same reason.

I hate that movie with every fiber of my being, so, so much and every time it is on at my house I flee the premises because it grosses me out so much. Granted, I've had the story line explained to me and it's a cool (albeit farked up) story, but jesus god, I don't need to deal with that level of pain and misery. Childlike sadness I can relate to, because it's there to teach you about the world. Genuinely horrifying nightmare scenarios like Old Boy? Not so much


Since we're talking sad (OK, Old Boy also packs a shiatload of "sick", but hey...) and oriental movies, I'd suggest Bian Lian^. Watched it in a small theater. Cried my eyes off. After the lights went back on, everybody had puffy red eyes.

/I mean, there's bad luck, and there's Bian Lian
 
2010-03-25 07:05:48 AM  
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This one just kills me. I mean, the guy only had one eye.
 
2010-03-25 07:06:39 AM  
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2010-03-25 07:16:02 AM  
My Mom is dying, so I'm getting a kick out of all these replies ...

BTW, has anyone seen this?
 
2010-03-25 07:17:02 AM  

sleeping martyr: for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


Agreed. I'm glad to see so much support for this book here. I thought I was the only one that choked up reading it.

I'd call my mom, but it's like 5:15 AM. She loves me, but she also enjoys sleep.
 
2010-03-25 07:24:21 AM  

rcf1105: I'm so confused. How do you cook a milkshake in the microwave? Is there some sort of reverse-microwave that makes things colder?


I've been trying to figure that one out for years. We have a more efficient way to heat things than just "put it in a hot place for a while," but you still have to wait an hour for your beer to chill.

A reverse-microwave beer-chiller would make a lot of money.
 
2010-03-25 07:27:14 AM  

Chuck Ruffcorn: I found something sad at work that might make a good book title...

Pediatric Cadaver Bag.

/sigh


Farking awesome name for a band, though...
 
2010-03-25 07:38:00 AM  
I can't be the only Farker who's read "Microwave Cooking for One." Can I?

/I only read it out of curiosity. Ironically, if you will.
//Because I was bored.
///And lonely.
//The recipes are mostly rubbish too.
/so alone.
 
2010-03-25 07:38:18 AM  

STAlphaGeek: My Mom is dying, so I'm getting a kick out of all these replies ...

BTW, has anyone seen this?


was just thinking about this saw it along with "if"
my favorite dog got run over when i was about ten so i learned way early on that anything/anyone you care about will leave you,
and as an avid stephen king reader i kinda got accustomed to characters that you like often die in horrible ways, in fiction
 
2010-03-25 07:38:18 AM  
"We're doin' it for Johnny!"

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2010-03-25 07:41:54 AM  
Farewell to Arms.
 
2010-03-25 07:45:08 AM  
No Poopie McBoogerBalls?
 
2010-03-25 07:46:27 AM  
Jesus, you people are such debbie downers.

:-/

*adds some books to shopping list*
 
2010-03-25 07:58:13 AM  

Korzine:

For a book about homosexual magician's this book is surprisingly depressing.

/No it's not about Siegfried and Roy.


It was the first Lackey book that I read. My best friend gave me that book. I cried after reading that trilogy.

True story:
My best friend was given that book as a present. When Vanyel figured out that he was gay, so did my best friend. Talk about a life changing read.
/ Cool story, sis. (Well sort of.)
 
2010-03-25 08:02:22 AM  
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2010-03-25 08:03:37 AM  

TheyCallThisWork: Whoever put "Grave of the Fireflies" on here is a bastard, and I hate you.

That movie tore me up. The only other time I've been that wrecked by a movie was when I saw Dancer in the Dark.


hehe... both winners in one post....

so all I can say is THIS!
 
2010-03-25 08:06:41 AM  
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2010-03-25 08:16:14 AM  

nesler: Tachikoma: dreamscapes.files.wordpress.com
or
aquanoir.files.wordpress.com

You suck a fat one. Gahhhhhhh. I haven't read Terabithia, but I saw the film. That scene was a f*cking shock, and they way they dealt with it was rather amazing. Not a great movie, but that storyline was very, very well done. And a major kick to the balls. And Fireflies... it wasn't heartbreaking, because the dread was there from the beginning. You go in knowing that you're going to watch everything fall apart.

Another book that captures the whole dread thing quite nicely is The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell.


And f*ck all of you for bringing up The Giving Tree.


I am reading that one right now. Thanks for not giving any spoilers.
 
2010-03-25 08:18:37 AM  
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2010-03-25 08:19:58 AM  

Phoenix_M: Cormac McCarthy is a hack, the only reason "The Road" won any awards is because McCarthy is 80 & close to death.


You know how I know you're a retard?
 
2010-03-25 08:21:30 AM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: I haven't even come close to finishing it, but back to the topic:


Eye opening for a different perspective of American history. This is not the history written by the victors.
 
2010-03-25 08:21:45 AM  
I was thinking what a terribly depressing opener to the day this was. I'm working from home today, and wander back to my other PC, where Planescape: Torment is sitting at the load screen.
 
2010-03-25 08:28:55 AM  
This book right here, tore me up. My wife had a miscarrage too, but this whole book is full of sad.

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/never saw the movie
//figured they'd just mess it up
 
2010-03-25 08:34:10 AM  

Daroc: Oh and Ill just leave this here....


Thanks a lot, now I'm getting all teary at work.

/Never Cry Wolf got me as well
 
2010-03-25 08:35:41 AM  
Oh and this:

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is the saddest thing I've read recently.
 
2010-03-25 08:35:57 AM  
i know people who go to the supermarket and buy 40 lean cuisines and that is their shop and their diet.
 
2010-03-25 08:40:26 AM  
Flowers for Algernon. I read it at work and had to wear sunglasses leaving the building.
 
2010-03-25 08:41:32 AM  
I know it's a mediahop, but nothing you show me here will defeat Grave of the Fireflies as saddest story ever told.
 
2010-03-25 08:42:03 AM  

Rohasman: "Dear Zachary, A Letter to a Son About his Father"


Oh, man. I watched that with my parents and sister and we were all wrecked afterward. My poor mom was in a funk for a couple of days. Absolutely heartbreaking.
 
2010-03-25 08:43:42 AM  
Your wife had a miscarriage because of Marley and Me?

The movie was alright, never read the book.
 
2010-03-25 08:44:10 AM  
i dont think anyone posted this yet but:
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also i may be just weird, put i get a welling of emotion from this guy:
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/hot like dr. device
 
2010-03-25 08:44:26 AM  
My list (in no particular order):

Flowers for Algernon
All Quiet on the Western Front
Doctor Zhivago
Death Be Not Proud
Where the Red Fern Grows
One Hundred Years of Solitude
A Seperate Piece
The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
 
2010-03-25 08:44:38 AM  

fdlgrl: Flowers for Algernon. I read it at work and had to wear sunglasses leaving the building.


Man, I was in that play in high school (one of the two scientists), and must have run through the final scene 20 times, and it still got me each and every time.
 
2010-03-25 08:47:26 AM  
Lost my Dad in 1998 to Lou Gherig's disease.

1999 Mom gave me a copy of "Tuesdays With Morrie"

Not the best time in my life. Great read, but extremely difficult if you've dealt with ALS.
 
2010-03-25 08:48:31 AM  

Rohasman: Not a book, but the saddest thing I've seen in YEARS:


"Dear Zachary, A Letter to a Son About his Father"


arrghhh. came here to post this. i never recommend that movie to anyone. =(
 
2010-03-25 08:48:57 AM  
nonvideas: fdlgrl: Flowers for Algernon. I read it at work and had to wear sunglasses leaving the building.

Man, I was in that play in high school (one of the two scientists), and must have run through the final scene 20 times, and it still got me each and every time.


I didn't know there was a play. I would love to see it! (with the comfort of my sunglasses- and maybe a blankie)
 
2010-03-25 08:49:26 AM  
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2010-03-25 08:50:11 AM  
Gallipoli is my favourite Sad Movie. I can't even watch the happy bits without crying for knowing the ending.
 
2010-03-25 08:51:25 AM  
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2010-03-25 08:52:27 AM  

Korzine: Tachikoma, Ah yes, Grave of the Fireflies. I was 12 when I first saw that movie because it was from the same studio as Kiki's Delivery Service. I cried, I still get a lump in my throat when I think of that movie.

Also,

For a book about homosexual magician's this book is surprisingly depressing.

/No it's not about Siegfried and Roy.


LOVE this series.

/cried. A lot.
 
2010-03-25 08:53:17 AM  
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/Could not make it to the end
 
2010-03-25 08:53:47 AM  

rjkline: "Obamacare...The Destruction of a Once Great Nation"


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2010-03-25 08:54:10 AM  
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Not saddest, but sad. *sniff*
 
2010-03-25 08:54:45 AM  
^Dear Zoe
 
2010-03-25 08:57:08 AM  
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2010-03-25 09:02:07 AM  

yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.


You need to read Summer of the Monkeys by the same author if you think that Red Fern is the saddest book in existence.

Also The Education of Little Tree, and the part about the rattlesnake.
 
2010-03-25 09:02:10 AM  

Genevieve Marie: I hate that movie [Old Boy] with every fiber of my being, so, so much and every time it is on at my house I flee the premises because it grosses me out so much. Granted, I've had the story line explained to me and it's a cool (albeit farked up) story, but jesus god, I don't need to deal with that level of pain and misery. Childlike sadness I can relate to, because it's there to teach you about the world. Genuinely horrifying nightmare scenarios like Old Boy? Not so much


The fact that Koreans love Old Boy so much scares me.
 
2010-03-25 09:02:22 AM  

Fark-the-Fnord: /Could not make it to the end


Nah. If you're going to play the Stephen King card you have to go with something like "The Green Mile", "Shawshank Redemption", "Carrie", or "Lisey's Story". Hell, I though "Just After Sunset" was depressing as hell. Every story in there had to do with a relationship/marriage breakup.
 
2010-03-25 09:03:00 AM  
Well there are quite a few stories mentioned here that got me in the past, but the most recent one I can think of is Flight. Had to read it for class, surprised me with how interesting and heart-breaking it was. Especially the part with flight instructor...man, it was hard for me to discuss that in class while trying to get past the lump in my throat.
 
2010-03-25 09:03:20 AM  

fdlgrl: Flowers for Algernon. I read it at work and had to wear sunglasses leaving the building.


I read this in 8th grade and I'll echo the sentiment.
 
2010-03-25 09:05:51 AM  

benlonghair: yogaFLAME: Where the Red Fern Grows. To this day I bear an irrational hatred for mountain lions.

You need to read Summer of the Monkeys by the same author if you think that Red Fern is the saddest book in existence.

Also The Education of Little Tree, and the part about the rattlesnake.


Good book! "Last of the Mohicans" and "Lonesome Dove" also have their fair share of tragedy, but that's an element of every good book.
 
2010-03-25 09:06:35 AM  
How about any collection of stories by Jack London. Downers, every one of 'em.
 
2010-03-25 09:08:16 AM  
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2010-03-25 09:08:38 AM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: Am I a bad person for just reading the synopsis of all these books on Wikipedia? or just a dumb one?


/"Looks like we got ourselves a reader" - Bill Hicks


It's what I do in all the Horror Movie threads .. ;-)
 
2010-03-25 09:09:23 AM  
Not as sad as Microwave Cooking for 300 Cats
 
2010-03-25 09:10:34 AM  
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2010-03-25 09:10:45 AM  
Not a book, but seeing A Separate Peace reminded me of Dead Poet's Society.
 
2010-03-25 09:11:31 AM  
Just to nerd this biatch up...

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Only time I may have gotten something in my eye while reading a book in my adult life.

/best fantasy series. ever.
 
2010-03-25 09:13:52 AM  
\for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"

I'm 27 and still cry when I read it...
 
2010-03-25 09:15:00 AM  
my wife and i had a full term stillbirth boy (Dylan Cole for those that care). he died two days before her was born. no reason.

in the hospital they put a card on our door. a post card size piece of paper with a leaf on it. On the leaf was a drop of water.

i read a lot of the books mentioned above like mommy, please don't cry. i can't even look at them anymore. if my any of my favorite authors came out with a book with anything like that on their covers...i wouldn't even read it. just can't.


13 years and it can still sting like yesterday.
 
2010-03-25 09:19:34 AM  
Is there not enough *real* sadness around that people need to go seeking it out in books??? I've never understood it. I needs me happy books and movies.

/on prozac
//whatever...
 
2010-03-25 09:20:37 AM  
Norwegian Wood
/Haruki Murakami
//quite sad
 
2010-03-25 09:23:13 AM  

sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"


You son of a... making me tear up at work. My wife got another one as a gift that ranks with "Love You Forever" but I cannot remember the name.

Just the look on the guy's face when he's on the phone... JESUS!

Tanukis_Parachute: i read a lot of the books mentioned above like mommy, please don't cry. i can't even look at them anymore. if my any of my favorite authors came out with a book with anything like that on their covers...i wouldn't even read it. just can't.


That's it... I'm actually streaming tears at work. Boy do I feel like a man.
 
2010-03-25 09:23:39 AM  

just_ducky: sleeping martyr: \for the record, the saddest book ever is the Children's book "I love you forever"

Agreed. I got that as a present when my daughter was born and promptly hid it on the shelf after one reading. Made me get a lot of dust in my eye.


Never had that book, but someone thought it was a good idea to read it at a memorial for a friend. So yeah, that title is never showing up in my bookshelf.
 
2010-03-25 09:24:58 AM  

OnmyojiOmn: Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


If I knew it was going to be that kind of party I'd have stuck my dick in the mashed potatoes.
 
2010-03-25 09:25:21 AM  
Well isn't this a cheery way to start the day...

Gee Whiz...

How can I depress thee?
Let me count the ways...
 
2010-03-25 09:32:36 AM  
Rohasman: "Dear Zachary, A Letter to a Son About his Father"

That is a little saddening, but mostly maddening.

/Farking Canadians.
//That's the message, right?
 
2010-03-25 09:33:09 AM  
Oh, and Coming Up for Air
 
2010-03-25 09:33:38 AM  

Ebenator: Farewell to Arms.


THIS THIS THIS

Came in here to post this.

Leaving depressed.
 
2010-03-25 09:33:57 AM  

KCRovert: For me, it's always been 'The Giving Tree'...similar storyline...just tears me up everytime.


One reason my ex is an ex is because that was her favorite book, and I kept calling it a push-over.

She was a children's librarian, so I got to see a bunch of messed up books.

Here's a nice author:
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I couldn't find a good cover for "Mommy and Me by Ourselves Again", "She's Not My Real Mother", "When Eric's Mom Fought Cancer", "I Live With Daddy", "Saying Goodbye to Daddy", and there are others.

I swear, she has Salo in her Netflix queue.
 
2010-03-25 09:34:33 AM  

Daroc: Oh and Ill just leave this here....


YOU MOTHER FARKER
 
2010-03-25 09:35:42 AM  
Gee, and I thought surely you Fark lib douches would consider the saddest book ever "The Story of the Sarah Palin Presidency"?
 
2010-03-25 09:36:07 AM  

thefonz37: Ebenator: Farewell to Arms.

THIS THIS THIS

Came in here to post this.

Leaving depressed.


thefonz37: Ebenator: Farewell to Arms.

THIS THIS THIS

Came in here to post this.

Leaving depressed.


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/aprroves
//needed a laugh
 
2010-03-25 09:38:46 AM  
Cast in a certain light, the Gospel of Mark would qualify.

Mark 4:11-12

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Jesus has preached his Gospel in such a way so that some people can't understand. If that's not the saddest thing in the world, it'll do until the real thing comes along.

It's part of the Gospel that doesn't get put into the sales pitch.
 
2010-03-25 09:39:57 AM  

MasterThief: "Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!"

/obscure?
//also very sad


I hope not re: obscure...come on, lit nerds!
 
2010-03-25 09:40:01 AM  

RockIsDead: Gee, and I thought surely you Fark lib douches would consider the saddest book ever "The Story of the Sarah Palin Presidency"?


Have you confused "sad" with "hysterical"?
 
2010-03-25 09:44:22 AM  
What's the point of the giving tree anyway? Ask for stuff until you bleed them dry?
 
2010-03-25 09:45:07 AM  

Inconceivable!: I read this one back when the SO and I were doing long distance.

[PIC OF TIME TRAVELERS WIFE]

The book isn't so much sad, as it is horrendously cruel. It is a cruel cruel book and it made me hate fiction for a while.


I stopped reading for a long time after that book. Out of everything I have ever read that was Sweetest yet most tragic piece stories. I gave it as a gift three times.

FYI, the movie is awful as is customary.

God Is My Co-Pirate: Oh and this:

[PIC OF NEVER LET ME GO]

is the saddest thing I've read recently.

That was the first book I picked up out of college that I read on my own. [long after Time Travelers Wife] I couldn't read again for awhile. Just tragic.

Tachikoma:
You covered every piece of Anime that made my emotions dance like a mraionnete. The hardest watches are...

Fireflies: *sob* Everyone one needs to see this.
Evangelion: "WHY ANNO! WHY *NUMB*" My absolute favorite anime that's absolutely messed up. The only way to survive the original series and movies is complete emotional shut down. I'll admit it, changed my life and screwed me up for at least six months. I recently bought the series and movie collection again because I'm an emotional masochist. Asuka trumps Shinji in the tragedy department. Which is saying something. EVA also helped me out, a lot later, in pulling me out of my own depression.

I'd give an honorable mention to 5cm A Second [Which you suggested to me several months back]. Mostly because it mirrors my life in a bad way.

/What a way to start the day.
//sadface.
///"SO FARKING WHAT IF I'M NOT YOU!"
 
2010-03-25 09:46:38 AM  

imfallen_angel: TheyCallThisWork: Whoever put "Grave of the Fireflies" on here is a bastard, and I hate you.

That movie tore me up. The only other time I've been that wrecked by a movie was when I saw Dancer in the Dark.

hehe... both winners in one post....

so all I can say is THIS!


Agreed - "Grave of the Fireflies" was rough...

In that same vein, parts of Full Metal Alchemist are very sad: Al missing his mother, and slowly losing his own humanity as he forgets what it is to feel things or have a body... That gets to me.

Maybe Studio Ghibli can animate Norwegian Wood... that wouldn't be depressing at all
 
2010-03-25 09:46:43 AM  

Tachikoma: lobootomy: Notes Left Behind. (new window)

I farking DARE you not to cry, even if you don't have children. As an added bonus, here's a two page article that summarizes the dad's feelings as his daughter died within a six month period:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/33505113/ns/today-today_books/ (new window)

And that little girl kept leaving notes, even once the tumor affected her brain so much she couldn't write a coherent sentence. fark, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

I remember that!

My mother did the same thing while she was dying, and I ended up finding her last note after I moved away to college several years later (it was tucked away in a book she had loved). I still have the note, but every time I even look at it I start bawling like a little baby again.

/I really should send a copy to my little brother
//but I just can't bring myself to
///I remember his reaction to the 5th season of Buffy, and I don't want to do that to him again



My mom died when I was 4, so all I really had left was my dad and grandma. My grandma died when I was 10, and had written my dad a letter about my mom, and how she now had cancer and wanted to spend more time with me. Years later, my dad gave me a bible, that once belonged to my mom, and inside was a picture of me and my grandma, and the letter she wrote to him, 20 years earlier. I cried like a little kid, and couldnt stop re-reading it for weeks.

/still read it every August 11th.
 
2010-03-25 09:47:02 AM  
Not the saddest, but still pretty sad.