Whether you’re expecting a visit from Aunt Flo or just got dumped by the guy you were crazy about, there are moments that a girl needs a good weep. I’m talking one of those gasping, heaving, runny-nosed sobs. But how can you measure whether your sob fest is truly cathartic or not? After spending days mulling over “why”, “what if”, “maybe I should have”, and “I’ll never” scenarios, I personally get rather tired of sobbing without the satisfying crescendo that a conclusion can provide. Sometimes your own problems just don’t have clear cut answers, no matter how hard you rack your brain to find them. And that’s where the arts comes in. Here’s my list of movies and books that are guaranteed to make you bawl – with a beginning, a middle and an end that makes sense.
Becoming Jane. No one can outdo Jane Austen’s sense of romantic idealism. Unfortunately her own love life was less than she’d hoped for.
Little Women. “I could never love anyone as much as I love my sisters,” cries Jo March. This tale will make you count your lucky stars for the wonderful women in your life.
Anne of Green Gables. Only the Cuthberts could embrace the wildness of Anne with an ‘e’ Shirley.
The Duchess. This movie makes me grieve for the many women who have lived and died in loveless marriages.
Marie Antoinette. From the harsh criticisms of her new French family to her angry subjects, this girl couldn’t catch a break.
Eat, Pray, Love. This book came to me after a bad break up and helped me put my trust in fate. Elizabeth Gilbert travels to Italy, India and Indonesia looking for inner peace and finds just that.
Mister Pip. When civil war strikes Matilda’s island, only Mr. Watt will hold down the fort and teach the island’s children. Without a teaching background, he reads Great Expectations aloud to the class and Pip quickly becomes Matilda’s hero.
Come, Thou Tortoise. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I’ve literally been smiling and crying simultaneously. There’s no protagonist like Audrey. Coming to grips with the death of her father, you’ll fall in love with this girl in the first chapter.