Well, why not?
Funny is overrated. The one who laughs the hardest is the one who has the most pain to hide. Or something.
Better take some things seriously. Like me, for example.
Or maybe not.
Okay, that's not really my (full) entry for "Why So Serious". This WSS business, of course, was inspired by The Dark Knight. Mark, Jen and I had this idea after watching the movie to blog about anything and title it "Why So Serious?". Since Saturday I managed to form vague ideas that more or less ties in with the WSS tag but I always lose my thread of thought. The first two lines above is my most recent idea, but I can't follow it through, so I decided to complete this post with another... well, incomplete ramblings that I wrote sometime in April.
Why be too serious about this, right, Mark and Jen? :)
I was caught by surprise when someone said to me: “Alam mo ikaw, pare-pareho yung taste mo sa movies at books, ayaw mo ng happy ending!”. It prompted a surprise reaction from me as well: “Hindi naman kasi realistic ang happy endings!”. The next comment came immediately: “Ang pessimistic naman!”.
I've always thought of myself as an optimistic and romantic person. Okay, so maybe the optimistic and romantic me is also a little cynical, matter-of-fact-ish, and unsentimental, but still. They say I’m pessimistic and don’t like happy endings like it’s such a bad thing!
It’s not that I don’t like happy endings per se, but I think that, sometimes, happy endings don’t work. When I said that “hindi realistic ang happy endings” I don’t mean that life doesn’t give us opportunities for happy endings, and therefore, fiction should reflect that. Life affords us happy endings, too, but not the and-they-lived-happily-ever-after kind of happy ending.
I don’t like endings where everything is resolved too conveniently. I don't like it when movies or books employ deus ex machina to resolve conflicts. It's such a cop-out. After all the drama and angst that the bida went through, I think he/she deserves more than a filthy rich, long lost relative to make it right.
Didn't I say it's an incomplete rambling? Anyway, this post seriously needs Nurse Joker!