Have you noticed how cliched expressions seem to dilute their power? I've heard the expression, "So good you want to cry," probably a million times.
But today, I picked up a book, and it was so good, I got choked up and burst into tears in the middle of Borders. If I hadn't been in the middle of Borders, I'm sure I would have really cried.
I've had a couple students turn a phrase so lovely, that I burst into tears. Certainly a few performers, too.
Being "moved to tears" seems to make more sense in music. "Make your mother cry!" I tell my students.
But you don't really hear people talking about how a thriller made you cry--not because it was moving--just because it was so damn good.
There are some writers who just have a presence on the page. Their skill, their voice, something, is just so powerful it blows you away, pulls you into their world.
That's power. That's amazing.
So I ducked my head and pretended to have a coughing fit so I had an excuse to wipe the tears from my eyes.
Whenever this happens, I'm usually depressed for a good ten or fifteen minutes. And then I get really excited.
Ever have this sort of experience? Or am I really crazy?
PS: The book is Phantom Prey by John Sandford. Wow. Wow. Just pick it up and read the first page. Wow.
PPS: Thanks to Mark Terry for mentioning it!