What movie, novel, TV show, comic book, song, or other piece of entertainment shocked/disturbed/taught/instructed you at a young age, and emotionally scarred or prepared you for life? Tell your story.
Growing up I'd seen disturbing stuff (movies like The Incredible Shrinking Man at age 6, The Crawling Eye at age 9, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes at age 11), but none of it prepared for me for what was to come...
I was an avid comic book fan from the 60's as a child, Superman, Batman, & Supergirl were my favourites. Then came Spider-man. I entered into his world as John Romita Sr. was illustrating, and instantly loved the 'real' feel of the character. His falling in love with Gwen, his fight with Fisk, his problematic friendship with Harry when Harry fell prey to drugs... I bought (and still own) every issue. I read & re-read & re-re-read all of them.
Then, when I was 13 they saw fit to have the Goblin kill Gwen Stacy. I was actually traumatized. I cried massive tears, and I tossed issue 121 into the bottom of my sock drawer where it ended up being frayed beyond recognition due to my regular violent thrusting of clean socks into it (as was my subconscious plan, I guess). It was the end of my buying comics. I reasoned that if it could happen in THIS series, no title was safe. 8-|
Years later I bought & read the issues from 121 and on... and then I sold them to a comic dealer. It was just too painful.
And THIS is a big reason why I like the movie Spider-man 3... GWEN DOES NOT DIE.
I feel a bit lighter now....