Right in the Feelz

20 May

And then, out of the sobs of the fangirls and the screaming of your fourth grade English teacher, came a noun that would soon overcome the world of the “interwebz” as our dearest Brenna calls the semi-volatile, habitually quirky, occasionally dark-and-twisted, always fluff-loving, tear-bending community that makes up the Internet. Feelz. The act of being pounded in the soul by emotion. Give or take a few heart-wrenching death-scenes, spontaneous moments of singing and dancing to those songs that just lift you up, and a few pages of stirring dialogue in which all the character development manifests and you’re only able to pump your fist while doing that awkward book hold so the pages don’t change and grin like an idiot.

So what are some of the biggest and best Feelz moments we’ve experienced as Fandoms? Well, I won’t give you specifics, but here is a list of my top ten favorite “types” of Feelz:

1o. I Ship It. I do not always ship characters, but when I do, they become OTPs. OTPs are dangerous. Some of my favorites are Vrell Sparrow and Achan Cham from the Blood of Kings series by Jill Williamson, Kale and Bardon in the Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul, and the unforgettable pair in The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf  by Gerald Morris. What’s great about being an author is your OTPs are always cannon. Always. It’s wonderful. Some of my favorites from my own writings and things are Mark and Lee from the Heir Returning trilogy and also Marya and Louin from the Heir Returning trilogy. Justin and Evangeline from WildQuests get the honorable mention because they were probably Brooke’s and mine first pairing. Ever. Pstttttt. I’ll even let you in on a secret. Back in the day, Brooke was literally obsessed with Justin Beiber and she totally based our Justin off him. Fortunately, he became his own character throughout the series, but yep, that’s all I have to say about that.

9. Fiery Balls of Innocent Awesomeness. Little, super-cute, super-insightful kids in books are just great. Like, they can say all the things and be all cheery and not-emotionally-disturbed and joyous and all the fluffy happy things without it being cheap. I love it! I can’t think of any right off the top of my head from any books I’ve read, albeit I am sure I’ve read several rather good ones, but the one that I am writing a lot of write now is Louin from the Heir Returning trilogy. He won’t show up until book two, but in our role-play on Figment he is quite active and is the source of many feelings. Many feelings.

8. Super-Awesome-Not-Cliche-at-All Romantic Dialogue. Yup. I totally condone this. This makes me really really really happy on the inside because I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT HER BUTT OR HIS EYES! TELL ME ABOUT THE CONTENT OF HER CHARACTER AND HIS CHIVALROUS NATURE! Lord! Have! Mercy! Seriously, people. We aren’t that unoriginal are we? One author that did an absolutely phenomenal job with this is Lisa Bergren, particularly in her River of Time series. Really couldn’t get enough of Luca’s casual quips. Well done, ma’am. My faith in human capacity for good romance is restored. Lee and Mark in my own series are very much about this sort of relationship. I had nothing to do with that… obviously. What? Stop judging! I can have a romance with swords and chivalry if I want!

7. Here, Take a Piece of My Soul. You know what I’m talking about. Those moments when it’s like a lecture, but you’re finding yourself nodding along with the speaker and the monologue is just perfect and awesome and you’re just like “YEAH! I’M GONNA GO SLAY LIFE NO!” Yup. Probably the best two examples of this I have ever come across are in The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien and the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielson. Seriously, Sam and Sage had me in stitches (and crying tears of liquid pride) more than once. Of my own characters, Del Avior from Out of Darkness does this the most often, and she is followed closely behind by our steadfast Pastor Rajii from the Heir Returning trilogy (and eventually the Heir Rising trilogy).

6. We See Your Darkness And Raise You One Fellowship. All those awesome gangs of awesomeness. Call them what you will: bands, brotherhoods, gatherings, friends, supah ninjas… They are just the coolest. Too many to list here… because literally all good books have them. All good books. That’s just a rule. For awesomeness. There has to be a gang. And if there is a gang, there are all the brotherhood feelz. And they are some of the best.

5. Soldier Relationships. I don’t really have to go into this one very deeply. It’s just… there’s this sort of connection between people who have been through absolutely terrible things together. And those bonds mean Feelz. In literature, one of my favorites is the gang from Blaze of Glory by Jeff Struecker. From my own books, Leyrl and Itzal in the Heir Returning trilogy. There are other connections between them, but one of their first and most apparent ones is that of their shared experience in war.

4. From the Master to the ApprenticeTorch passings kill me. Literally. All of those words and bonds and things and good lord… I just can’t handle it. I just… I don’t even know if I can do examples… because, well I might not be able to finish the list. Del and Eira. There. From Out of Darkness and the Evading the Emperor role-play on Figment. I.. there literally aren’t words. In literature, Halt and Will from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. There are many that I could mention… but honestly, just thinking about them… I can feel the feelz. (See what I did there?)

3. Partners in Crime (Not Romance). This one really needs no explanation. When two people pair up, not romantically, and just decide to take on the world together as bro and bro, sis and bro, or sis and sis, it’s just awesome. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from Sherlock Holmes by Author Conan Doyle, Soren and Gylfie from The Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky, and the threesome from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling even though it wasn’t totally unromantic made up of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley.

2. Those Meaningful Last Words. Ack. Ack. I can’t handle the really really really really really sweet, perfect death scenes. Like, they literally kill me on the inside. Every single one. Even if it just kind of happens… But then you’ve got those ones (and you know the ones), where the author (I am sure of this because I have done this myself) is grinning and crying like a maniac while writing the scene. And there are words. And feelings. All the feelings. And no one can handle it. No one! Don’t lie to yourself. Some of the best ones I’ve come across in published books are in The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien because saying “My brother, my king” as you’re dying… I just… I can’t even. Sherlock Holmes by Author Conan Doyle. No explanation needed here.

1. That Moment of Magical Alignment In Which Everything Is Literally Heartwrenchingly Perfect. It’s that last twenty pages of a thriller when everything falls into place and you’re somewhere in between gasping, sobbing, snorting, and screaming. It’s that moment when the protagonist stands up and accepts their responsibility, when the chaotic neutral character is redeemed, and the dialogue has such power it’s like a drum in your heart. Literally my favorite “feel” of all time. Some of the best examples of this are in This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, Urchin and the Rage Tide by Margaret Mcallister, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis. From my own writing, I have to say this moment hasn’t quite happened yet. I’ve plotted and planned out the ends to both of the novels I’m working on, Kingsblade and I Will Not Be Moved, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet. Don’t worry, though, because there will be all the feelz in those endings. Especially in the conclusion of the Heir Returning Trilogy. Kingsblade is the first book in that series.

Then there’s that one that really can’t be ranked because well… it’s Jesusfeelz. Don’t even try to explain them. No, stop. You just can’t. Literally it is impossible without doing this: asl;dkfja;lseianval;sdkfj;asldkvna;ldsifuga;lri;sdlkga;lsdkjga;lsdkfja;lskdfja and aas;dlkfja;lekfm;leinv;ldknva;lskdjfa;lien;ldkva;slkdfjasdfasdfasfioa;nr;lkgjaf;lgkjl;rin;blknadslkncd and al;dskfjalievnl;dkng;lafjglskdfjgljkdsfghlksdjfghsldkfjghsdklfsdcjasdnvao. They are wonderful. It’s like Jesusbumps, but… more.

And there you are. Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a few death scenes to write and a few conclusions to finish. Mwahahahahahahaha… ha. ha. ha. ha.

Ha.

#RIGHTINTHEFEELZ

So why were we given emotions again?

To have Feelz of course, silly willy!

All the feelz.

Ha.

 

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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6 Responses to “Right in the Feelz”

  1. theelusivebrenna May 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM #

    All the things. All of them. You are awarded the internet now.

  2. Jessica May 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM #

    This is the first thing I read this morning, and it was definitely worth reading. I’m right there with you on the feelz about the innocent, cute kids and the perfect dying scenes. Gah, this post is so good!

    • Sarah Spradlin May 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

      LOL! I think most of the world is right there with us. Haha! Thanks, Jessica!! 🙂

  3. brookenicolenorris May 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM #

    Haha! Really? Justin Bieber? We had to go there? 😉

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