So anyway, I do like gothic scenery and generally I'm irreverent regarding dark subjects in stories (Like Matoro dying. I still can't think about that to this day without cracking up. XD). The key phrase there is "in stories." I know it's not real, so I laugh because I find it funny. However, I've cried before over the loss of pets in the past, and losing a close friend in real life (actually, I'd rather not talk about a recent event in my home town because of fatalities); I wouldn't really be able to comprehend what I'd be feeling.
I'm not sure why I'm bringing this up (nobody here has really called me out for being heartless or anything, though I don't recall being overly dark and irreverent on the site). Still, it's just something that crossed my mind for whatever reason today.
I love fictional tragedies. They are the most influential, in my opinion, especially if I grow to love the characters over time (I'm sorry to say I did not fall in love with Matoro. For starters, I'm already married and Gerard is a jealous, jealous tree. Especially in the summer when his leaves turn green with envy and chlorophyll). One personal favorite is the original The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. Heck, anything by Andersen is my favorite story. XD To be fair, though, the endings in his works are a lot more bittersweet than truly tragic... A Brothers Grimm story where everyone dies is more tragic... and funny because the characters are under-developed. XD (Not kidding. Look up the story The Flea and the Louse or Death of the Hen. They're hilarious!)
Anyway, here's why I don't normally like it when people complain about sad events in fiction because it makes them feel bad:
Once upon a time there was a man and a woman. Nothing bad ever happened. They got married and lived happily ever after. The end.
Ermagerd... BEST STORY EVER!
You see what I mean (and don't try to copy that story and pass it off as your own. That's a Tekulo original, baby! And Gerard is the father).
I have a similar philosophy about life. Without getting too far into it (because I've already rambled quite a bit), there are a few sayings along the lines of "You can't make an omelett without breaking a few eggs." And, I mean, who doesn't like eggs? Those things are used in so many recipes! 1,000 ways to cook 'em! Meringue, poached, Holondaise sauce, scrambled, etc.
And now I want eggs...
GET OFF MY LAWN, BILLY! I WANT TO COOK EGGS ON THE SIDEWALK IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE I CAN TOTALLY MAKE IT WORK! (I have an electric sidewalk. I wanted gas, but let's just say that decision ended in tears... and fire... for the surrounding plants... and houses).
Edit/Post-Lawn: FTR I also find the death of Twinkies to be hilarious. I am saddened due to the loss of jobs and all, but... Wonder Bread, Twinkies, etc are nothing I'll be missing any time soon. XD