dharma_bum wrote:I loved suec’s thoughts on overcoming paralysis in a crisis by making decisions, but I agree with Nebraska that I found ALWD’s intervention a contrived piece of writing.
Does anyone remember Ordinary People, either the book or movie? Jess’ character arc is so similar: Parent’s lose the child everyone loves and punish the more complicated child for simply being the one to survive. Complicated child overcomes suicidal thoughts with this epiphany in therapy.
I think remembering OP made the intervention in ALWD seem more counterfeit.
I think this is a common storyline--not necessarily the suicidal aspect--but parents punishing the child left behind. In fact, there is a movie out right now with that storyline. It's a true story, though.