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Honestly, I can’t speak to whether or not these are all in order because this was actually a hard list to put together. And I think, possibly with a little more time, some of these names might not even have made it on here in favor of other characters who definitely made me cry more. But for now, here are the top ten characters who make me cry fairly consistently. Also, I really like movie tie-in editions…so, expect those? 

will grayson, will grayson10. Will Grayson from Will Grayson, Will Grayson

I’m really not even sure what it was about this book that had me bawling in tears when I reached the end of it, when everyone was stchaanding up, but that’s the truth of the matter. I was crying. Hard. I don’t have a clue why now that I look back on it, but I was so emotional over this book. And the sad thing is that I don’t even remember anything about it barring that two guys had the same name and one of them was gay. Or were both of them gay? See, that’s how much I remember about this book!

the time traveler's wife9. Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife

If you read this and Henry doesn’t make you cry, I’m not sure you actually read this. Now, I’ll be fair and say that I definitely loved the film more than I loved the book. But that was only barely true. The book was pretty fantastic and included a lot more that the movie never could have with its run time. But there was something about the way that the movie was done that really made me fall in love with it just a smidge more. Even so, Henry always makes me cry.

atonement8. Robbie Turner from Atonement

Gosh, I won’t even get into the mess behind poor Robbie Turner from Atonement. You’ll have to read the book yourself to understand because if I were to say anything about it, I’d be giving you all HUGE spoilers. And I refuse to do that. So, for now you’ll just have to stick with the knowledge that there is so much sadness and injustice in this story and I can’t even. Read the book, then watch the film. They’re both pretty brilliant.

peter pan7. Peter from Peter Pan

Honestly, I don’t know how I could have a list like this and not include Peter. He’s just so tragic. And I don’t know if J. M. Barrie actually meant for him to be tragic, considering the reason Peter Pan was even written in the first place, but really Peter just breaks my little heart. The concept of a boy never wanting to grow up is fascinating, but it also holds for how stunted he remains and the fact that his growth as a person will never be something he achieves. And Wendy, poor dear, sees this so clearly with him. And despite the fact that they do develop a sort of love for each other, Wendy is never able to help him. And sure, he has a lasting impact on her life, but he is left kind of broken as a result–not that Peter would ever actually become aware of this. And really, I just can’t help but cry. I love it, but it’s so sad.

tick everlasting6. Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting

Oh, this story broke my heart. And to be fair, back when I first read it I was pretty young and far too focused on romance. It was still sad then, but not quite for the same reasons I see it as tragic now. My initial response was to be utterly dejected by the fact that the one true loves of Jesse and Winnie couldn’t be together (somehow I glossed over the age difference and thought that they were both 17; to be honest, it was probably the movie that influenced that). Later, the tragedy of Jesse, and perhaps even more so of his brother, Miles, was the tragedy of being alone. And really, what tragedy is worse than that? It’s part of the reason why Peter is tragic, too.

all our yesterdays5. James Shaw from All Our Yesterdays

Read the book. That’s all I can say about James Shaw. Read the book. It’s brilliant. It’s impressive. It’s amazing. And it’s devastating.

me before you4. Will Traynor from Me Before You

I feel like, at this point, everyone knows what happens to Will Traynor, right? Well, he makes me cry for a number of reasons but I won’t get into too many details so that I can avoid spoilers. The basic gist of it ties into the fact that he makes me cry because he is relatable to me in his depression and he makes me cry for how he deals with it. But on another level, I do completely understand his decision which I think is missed by a lot of people because they’re focusing on the wrong aspect of Will Traynor, that of his disability. And granted, I do believe that JoJo Moyes could have chosen a different route with her novel, I still think there’s something to be said for the fact that society on a large scale forces people to live. And that was the message that really spoke to me with this book. It’s not that people who are disabled can’t live fulfilling lives but rather that to force someone to live might not be as good as we all believe it is.

marley and me3. Marley from Marley and Me

Everyone knows what happens to Marley in Marley and Me. If you don’t, you’ve been living under a rock. Or you’re just super young. At the end of the day, I really don’t think I need to get into why Marley makes me cry. I’m pretty sure Marley would make anyone cry.

oblivion2. Matt Freeman from Oblivion

I actually just finished reading this book last week, funnily enough. Matt is a tragic hero in so many ways. And the series which he stars in is an utterly amazing one that I will treasure deeply for the rest of my life. It can take some work to get into and to finish, but by the end of the story it is well, well worth it. And of all the five main characters in this story that I love so deeply–well, maybe not Scott–Matt is the only one that can move me to tears. So, there you go.

mockingjay1. Fennec Odair from Mockingjay

This is the part where I start out laughing and then devolve into uncontrollable tears and ugly sobs because god damn this one HURT. No details, though I’m sure many of you know and many more of you could guess if you didn’t, but ouch, ouch, ouch. I skip over this part in the movie because it’s so difficult for me to watch. And a part of me was actually anxious when I reread The Hunger Games this year to get to this part of the third novel because I just wanted to deny everything about it. I love the series so much, but this was the hardest part of it all for me. Even harder than anything to do with Prim.

And with all those tears out and a headache on the way, I’ll leave you all to your reading.

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3 thoughts on “Characters Who Make Me Cry; Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Thoughtful list here that we share on quite a few levels!!
    Tuck Everlasting in particular is a really interesting one as you point out heartbreaking as you get older because we often don’t think of ourselves as aging, sometimes we are still stuck a bit thinking as if we are still teens and then the mirror reminds us- and whilst we may be occasionally wistful for the time past and whether we used it right at least we lived unlike Tuck who is forever stuck and unable to truly experience life despite being immortal. It’s heartbreaking something people might wish for but here it is a curse.
    Winnie lived. Tuck lives but his eternal life will never be as rich as hers which in the grand scheme of his life was but a blink.

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