Art is how we express the human experience, and it can cover the entire range of human emotions. It should also be appreciated for this fact, for when one appreciates art, one is appreciating the totality of mankind. I like happy songs, and sad songs. I like happy endings, and sad endings. I like simple paintings, and intricate paintings. Every piece of art was made by the artist for a reason. Even top 40s songs aren’t as vacuous as we often make them out to be. I want to hear every type of song because doing so is like getting a glimpse of every type of person.
I appreciate sad stories because I appreciate the chain of thought that follows from reading a tragedy. Sad stories make us feel sad for the unfortunate characters, and in turn, we realize we are feeling sad for real people. Characters are inspired by experiences and people the author had in mind, and these characters also remind us of people we know. We can’t help the characters we feel sorry for, the fate of the fictional is up to the author, but we can help the people who inspired those characters.