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2016 isn't the only sucky year (Carrie Fisher, RIP) - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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2016 isn't the only sucky year (Carrie Fisher, RIP)
So Carrie Fisher died. Because 2016 had at least one more shot to give us.

Having said that, the other day I was going through my blog entries for 2010 -- I do that sometimes, remind myself of what I was doing at various points -- and I realized something.

A shit-ton of famous people died in 2010, too. At least as many as died this year.

I think the perception of 2016 being particularly brutal is due to how it started: David Bowie and Alan Rickman's deaths were complete shocks that came back to back and were both people to whom their fans were (justifiably) super-devoted. Then Prince died, which was just as big a shock. It set the tone for the whole rest of the year.........

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sdelmonte From: sdelmonte Date: December 27th, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's that but I also think that we are connecting the deaths to the other and much bigger suckiness of the year. The deaths are treated like some sort of harbinger for Trump, Brexit, Aleppo, Pulse, etc.

But I agree about Bowie especially. If he had gone public, we would have reacted differently, perhaps the way we did to Craig Sager.
martianmooncrab From: martianmooncrab Date: December 27th, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
at least in 2010 I hadnt lost 7 family or friends... this year had definately sucked...
sweetmmeblue From: sweetmmeblue Date: December 27th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I looked at the list for 2010. Fewer of them were people that affected me personally, had impact on my growth, who I became. This year... Too many that were close to my heart for being influences on my identity.
pseudohistorian From: pseudohistorian Date: December 28th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with the comment above that part of why 2016 feels worse for such deaths is because the year itself feels worse on a number of levels, and more of this year's deaths were unexpected...

...but I also think there's a generational aspect that sweetmmeblue seems to be alluding to in her comment. We're getting to a point now where the specific famous people who pass away will be people who are more likely to have had an important formative effect on us, in a way that wasn't necessarily the case for 2010 (or other earlier years).
dianakingston From: dianakingston Date: December 29th, 2016 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I think part of it is more that so many of these deaths weren't of old age or natural causes - Carrie Fisher was only 60. George Michael was 53. Prince was 57. Bowie and Rickman hadn't even reached 70.
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