Crying with Laughter

A couple of weeks ago I went to the cinema with a group of friends to see Les Miserable. I’ve been wanting to see it ever since I’d heard a reviewer say, ‘If you only see one musical in your life then make it Les Mis.’ The music was fantastic, but the story was way too bleak for me. I ended up crying. Not little discrete tears but huge, snotty ones. The moment the film ended I was out of my seat and galloping, like a racehorse, to the ladies to repair the damage to my face. Of course, my friends weren’t fooled by my cover story that, because the film was so long, I’d been desperate for the loo. They all knew I’d been crying.

It’s not the first time I’ve been caught out in public with tears. A long time ago, when I was a teacher, I cried when reading Michelle Magorian’s, Goodnight Mister Tom, to a year 6 class. The students thought it was brilliant. Their teacher, crying. (Cos we all know teacher’s aren’t human are they!) They kept bringing sad books in for me to read, to see if they could make me cry again.

My favourite sort of books, and films, are the ones that make me laugh. Sometimes books make me do both. It’s no secret that one of my all time favourite books is Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay. The first time I read it I cried with laughter. I also cried laughing when I read Louise Rennison’s hystrcially funny, Withering Tights. (Very embarrassing on the tube!).

I’ve not long finished reading a book recommended to me by GHB’s very own Sarah Webb. It was called Looking For Alaska by John Green*. It was extremely funny but also very sad. I cried reading that too.


What books have made you cry or laugh, or both?

*Looking For Alaska is a young adult book. If you’re one of our younger readers, please check with someone at home before you read it.

16 thoughts on “Crying with Laughter

    • That’s not weird Orli! We all have different ways of expressing emotion.

      The clip on bullying must have been very powerful if it stayed with you for that long. Julie

  1. I’m weird – I have never ever cried after reading a book or watching a film; never in my whole life. I might find something hilariously funny or horrendously sad (as I did with Les Mis) but I never let my emotions out.
    The only time I have ever cried after watching something was a clip on bullying called Ronan’s Escape – I didn’t sleep for two whole months, and spent an hour crying! 😦 xxx

    • Hi Aoife,

      You must have a brilliant sense of humour!
      Numb hands is an interesting response – less messy than tears too! Julie

  2. Almost every book makes me laugh. I think most books have funny bits somewhere,even if it’s only a character being sarcastic.A book has never made me cry! They sometimes make my hands go numb,though,if someone is sick or lost or hurt. The only musical I’ve seen in The Sound Of Music,and I think that made me cry.

  3. I have cried in a few books and films. I cried in Butterfly Summer by Marie ann Conway. I cried in the Hunger Games and Zlatas Diary I think I even cried in Bridge to Terabitha. Loads of books make me laugh.

    • I cried in Butterfly Summer too! It’s a fantastic book. I also cried reading the Hunger Games too and Bridge to Terabitha.

      So many great books! Julie

  4. I cried like a baby in Les Mis, so did my mum. Very moving story.

    I get very attached to the characters when I read so it’s quite easy to make me cry. I haven’t read John Green yet, but just this week my friend gave me a copy of Looking for Alaska so it’s on my list.
    All of Louise Rennison’s books have made me laugh out loud – embarrassingly I laughed so hard in my lunch break at work that I fell off my chair and chocked on my food when reading ‘Stop in the Name of Pants’. My boss didn’t look particularly amused though!

    I cried a lot in ‘Before I Die’ by Jenny Downham, also ‘Hunger Games’. Some Jacqueline Wilson books have made me cry too.
    One of my friends says I cry too easily. 😛
    But I say it just shows they are written well. 😀

  5. I never used to cry at anything until I had children! It’s really strange what that does to your emotions – or maybe it’s just getting older 😉 NOW I cry at everything, and Les Mis was a six-tissue job for me (three of them on Anne Hathaway alone). Thought it was brilliant but I’m not keen to sit through it again!
    Laughing though – that’s hard. Books that have made me laugh…? D’you know, I’m not sure. There have been some, but I can’t remember which ones. I’m more likely to smile than laugh out loud. I’m reading MIranda Hart’s book ‘Is It Just Me?’ at the moment which is tres amusant, as she would probably say 😉

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