Saturday Soapbox – When Doves Cry




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I just can’t this week. I don’t know why I am so sad about a singer’s death, but Prince passing hit me hard. I had the privilege of seeing the Love 4 One Another tour back in 1997. At the time I was a 19 year-old single mom and the tickets were so expensive – $80.00, which back then was a huge amount to me. I ended up picking up extra shifts at work for two weeks to get the money to go. I third-wheeled with my best friend and her boyfriend at the time and we made the two hour drive up to the show listening to Prince the entire time. This was the first arena concert I had ever been to, and the energy and the enthusiasm was incredible. I think that I just remember that time of my life as full of the changes that would shape who I am today and with Prince passing, that chapter of my life is really starting to end.


My sister Wendy had the best response I have seen to his passing –


“My entire timeline is pictures of Prince. I can’t be the only one who is stunned not only that he is dead, but that he was mortal in the first place. I thought he was at least one part unicorn, one part eyeliner, and three parts perfect side-eye.”


What hit me the most was that I don’t usually get emotional when celebrities pass. It happens, they really had nothing to do with my real life, so I move on. But when a fictional character dies, hoo boy do I ever get sad.




There are certain authors that I will not read anymore because they keep killing off characters. Like every book is a heartbreak. I think I feel so deeply about a book character and their lives because I read books to experience new things. If I am journeying with a character, I feel with them and their emotions become my own. I have thrown books (okay, tossed gently away from me), cried, cursed and the like when a character I am involved with suffers loss or dies.

I’m keeping this one short as I’m still processing emotions, but I will leave you with some awesome Prince gifs for the road.


prince muppets






So tell me, do you mourn fictional characters too?



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Posted April 23, 2016 by Laura in Blogiversary, Giveaway, Saturday Soapbox / 10 Comments

10 responses to “Saturday Soapbox – When Doves Cry

  1. Erica

    It depends how attached I get to a character and how awful their death is. The worst I’ve encountered is a particular character the Maze Runner trilogy (I won’t say who in case people haven’t read it.) Anyways, this character is a favorite through all the books and meets a particularly awful end in the third book; it was so sad. I had to put the book down for a few minutes after I read that.

  2. Lily M.

    Thank You so much for the giveaway. Prince will be missed. I think it was to soon ?