As New York Times best-selling author of young-adult books, Ned Vizzini, commits suicide by jumping off his parent’s roof, we take a look at his most piercing quotes from his novel It’s A Kind Of Funny Story. It was such a hit, that it was also made into a film adaptation. The story is a comic drama, based around a clinically depressed teenager who checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Here he meets new friends and embarks upon a new life. Below is the trailer for the film, which comes with high recommendation.
“I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.”
“I don’t know how I can be so ambitious and so lazy at the same time.”
“Every tongue bit had another word to say.”
“I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad.”
“My brain was all right back then; it didn’t get stuck in ruts.”
“I don’t owe people anything, and I don’t have to talk to them any more than I feel I need to.”
“I’m smart but not enough–just smart enough to have problems.”
“its hard to talk when you want to kill yourself”
“That’s all I can do. I’ll keep at it and hope it gets better.”
“The stuff adults tell you not to do is the easiest.”
“I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human.”
“Some of the most profound truths about us are things that we stop saying in the middle.”
“And I could have died right then. And considering how things went, I really should have.”
“Life can’t be cured, but it can be managed.”
“I want to live but I want to die. What do I do?”
“That made me happy. That was my Anchor.”
“Inside my tiny eyes inside his, I think I see some hope.”
“I like how you don’t hide your problems like everyone else, and I don’t have to hide mine when I’m around you.”
As Author Ned Vizzini commits suicide, his best quotes reflect a person trapped, using writing as a freedom of expression in order to portray the life of the depressed. His words attempt to open a window to gain insight into the mind of someone suffering from depression, and also a portrayal of his own battle with depression. The story line itself was based upon when he spent five days admitted into a psychiatric ward in Brooklyn.
In the midst of these seemingly pessimistic outlooks is not only a raw truth, but a faint slither of hope. The story shows how although life is not always what we expected, there are things we can cling to in order to make our darkness surface, like love, and friendship. It is a monumental shame that Ned Vizzini himself was unable to overcome him own depression, as he has helped so many teenagers to understand their own feelings as they related to his work. Fans criticized the movie in fact, because they did not feel that it did Vizzini’s novel the justice it deserved. They claimed that the book was a lot more serious, and that the film was merely a romantic comedy.
Vizzini was an American author, and wrote four books for young adults. It’s a Kind of Funny Story was ranked 56 of the 100 best teen novels of all time. At just 19 years old, he had his first book, Teen Angst? Naaah…: A Quasi-Autobiography, published. From an early age, he showed his talents as a writer, and before becoming a novelist, he was a freelance writer for New York Press.
As Ned Vizzini commits suicide, we look back upon his best quotes from his most famous novel It’s A Kind of Funny Story. His writing shaped the thoughts of many, and even helped bring some people through depression – some have even stated that it “saved their lives”.
By Melissa McDonald
Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of e.E. Charlton-Trujillo from her documentary At-Risk Summer