Today I saw, for the first time, Me before you. I had not watched it before because it seemed like it would be one of those movies which you fall in love with the character and then something tragic happens, but another writer recommended it to me for help with my book. I was looking for something to give me ideas on how to write it and I think I didn’t explain that I wanted it to be positive and give people hope.
I decided to watch it because if she recommended it, maybe it wasn’t as tragic as I thought. I kept trying to watch it on Hulu but it kept pausing and wouldn’t let me get past the first ten minutes. I think that should have seen that as a sign, but I kept trying. Today, I was finally able to watch the whole thing.
*There’s a spoiler coming up. You’ve been warned.
I think maybe it wasn’t clear that my story is a positive one, because that movie was exactly what I thought it would be. It’s tragic and it’s the complete opposite of what I want to say in my book. I don’t want people to cry, even if I have to admit I almost did watching this today. The movie and the book deal with the story of a woman, who falls in love with a man who was a very successful businessman and daredevil but became quadriplegic due to an accident. He is very depressed and angry after his accident, not being able to go back to his old life or pretty much do anything.
You are at the edge of your seat, hoping they fall in love and live happily ever after, but sadly, this does not happen. They do fall in love despite his anger and frustration but, after they fall in love and she tries to dissuade hin from his plan to end his life, which we learn about earlier, he goes on with it.
This is not the message I want to give in my book, it’s the opposite. I don’t want to give people the idea that life isn’t worth living after your life changes unexpectedly, I want to say that you have to make the best of it and go on with your life and do everything you can to make it better. A life changing accident can bring a lot of sadness, frustration and anger but it can also bring a lot of great things and new experiences. I’ve lived through it and I want to show everyone that you can get up again after hitting rock bottom.