My first memorable case of THE FEELS happened while I was watching Pokémon: The First Movie. And OH MAN, PIKACHUUUU. Such a tear-jerker. Anyway, we’ve all read reviews, comments, or outbursts from readers who are just completely, utterly, and uncontrollably overwhelmed by the feels.
A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained. (Urban Dictionary)
For all you visual learners out there, here are some graphical representations of THE FEELS, courtesy of tumblr.
So feels are good, right? They make you want to sing and cry and scream and laugh, and more importantly, they make you want to share this extremely feels-inducing book with not only your best buddies, but also with your best buddies’ parents, with strangers, your dog, the blogosphere, the fridge – anybody and anything is a legitimate outlet for your BURST OF FEELS, because you can’t possibly keep all these feels for yourself! (That’s just selfish.)
But I have a confession to make: I don’t necessarily enjoy a book that gives me the feels. Wait, wait, let me finish before you cry “blasphemy!” I don’t usually like negative emotions; there are people who love the angst and the torturous feelings that come with sad endings, but I’m not one of them. A book with a low low followed by an uplifting and heartwarming event is glorious, but a book that ends with a low low tends to leave me disappointed.
I also tend to be more sensitive to sad feels. Events that tend to cause grief, distress, or anxiety hit me more than the victorious, triumphant, or happy events. I would just call this post “I Don’t Like Angst”, but THE FEELS IS SO MUCH MORE THAN ANGST, AMIRITE? It’s like a mix of everything, and sometimes certain combinations just make me not as excited about a book as others are. So sometimes I do get major feels from a book, but that doesn’t make me want to run to my computer and five-star it.
That’s not to say that I won’t keep reading these disappointing feels-inducing books – I can’t help but want to read a book that gave someone else the feels because I WANT TO FEEL TOO! It would help if people could describe THE FEELS with sub-feels, like, “OMG THE (sad) FEELS I CAN’T EVEN” so that I know to stay away from certain reads, but that doesn’t sound as exciting. And there are exceptions to my selectivity filter; I’m waiting for that amazing-yet-super-sad book that I will fall in love with. I’ve already fallen in love with a film that had me crying a river while my parents looked on awkwardly (no, it wasn’t Pokémon, har har), so it’s bound to happen with a book!
How do you feel about books with lots of feels?
Do you avoid them or embrace them?