Why do people like tragedies in movies, books, etc? I usually prefer happy movies with happy endings, perhaps I'm just a sucker for happiness or something. But really, why do people like unhappy endings where people die, or loss of love, etc?
i usually could care less if the movie has a happy or sad ending, as long as the story is good. that's all i care about. having said that though, most movies that have happy endings are typically cliched ridden and predictable to boot. where as tragedies, most of them can be set up in such a way that you can't see what's coming. which is always good if your a viewer
Yep. The appeal of the tragedy is that we all have some flaw that could be a "fatal flaw," so, at least those of us willing to look at them long enough, sometimes enjoy knowing that at least it's not "just us" that suck as humans go.
I guess in a fashion, the big reason why I prefer happy endings to tragedies, is because happy endings gives me positive reinforcement, if that makes sense. While tragedies just remind me that everything has an end, even life.
It's not "happy" to think about, but you have to admit that being so aware, in an active way, is more likely to produce moral behavior. It's really hard to feel good about a selfish undertaking when faced with the reality of human fraility and the damage it does.
A truly brilliant tragedy can teach lessons without religion because they reveal universal human truths, not bogged down by dogma or doctrine.
With that in mind.. I've noticed that some romance movies out there have some form of tragedy in it, even if the movie has a happy ending. I guess it grounds the people a bit, and gives them that emotional roller coaster.