By: Pastiche Pen
One of the main facets of tragedy is point-of-view. For example, let's take Jacob Black—the one true and tragic hero. The Twilight series, if told from Jacob's point of view, could be told as a tragedy. You have this guy who saves this girl from depression, only to lose her to this obsessive love with this broody ole vampire. In the end, she dies—becoming one of them—and she didn't love him enough, so there was nothing he could do. Of course, Meyer gives Jacob an oddly-named HEA, but in doing so, she partially trivializes Jacob's role in the books. His gritty and real love for Bella is explained away by supernatural science and replaced by a glowy sharp-toothed bundle. But then again, Breaking Dawn is undeniably best read as a comedy.
POINT OF VIEW
- Here Is the Tabernacle, Deconstructed
- And a heart that craves, gets lost in everything
- Your Heart Remained the Same
- The Marrow
- Will You Still Love Me in December
- Confusing Contrails for Smoke Signals
- The Fisher King
- Somewhere I Have Never Traveled
- You Stick with Shadows
Another defining aspect of tragic fics is where the story ends—it can make all the difference. Great Vexations by AngstGoddess0003 is a great example of this, because this not-so-little one-shot is the tale of Jasper's unrequited love for his best friend, Edward. What I love about this story is that it's closer to reality than almost any other slash tale. Most of the first-loves of gay men are probably people who are close to them—and who are most definitively not gay. Of course, in the long run, Jasper's life may not be a tragedy. He can find real love in the future—even if the present is a black fucking hole.
WHERE THE STORY ENDS
It's the living and not the dying that is, after all, the point. MY FAVORITE sort of tragedy are ones in which we know the ending at the beginning, and yet we still need to figure out why. These tragedies are essentially mysteries. They are often morally-complex, involve soul-searching, and involve some desperate struggle that leads to a series of otherwise unthinkable events. Sleepers Awake (which I have started but not finished!) and We the Forgotten (currently on hiatus) fall into this gorgeous messy category. We learn first of impending (or recent) death, and then discover the consequences.
WHEN DEATH IS IRRELEVANT
Other Tragic Stories to Read
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I want to give a special thanks to Stretch and the ladies at Edwardville for their help with compiling recs for this article. This article is not all-inclusive, because well, reading a ton of tragedy is just hard on the soul, even as it makes you feel more whole. So, please feel free to rec more. :-)