polymath wrote:Sharp and powerful messages are appropriate, if not essential for literature. Othewise, there'd be no point. It would all be mindless, candy-floss convenient entertainment.
TigerGray wrote:I know that people view things through their own lens, though, and that is both the beauty and danger of artwork.
So anyway, naturally, certain "themes" are clearly evident in my writing. Namely themes like "empowering oneself when faced with limitations" or "belief systems are all roads that lead to the same location" or "bloodlines don't necessarily make a family" or whatever. And if I'm not careful, those themes can start getting preachy.
And THAT is what I mean when I say that it has to be about the story, not the message. Themes are cool - expected, even - but a reader should never feel like, "Oh, this is the author trying to teach me a lesson right now."
Margo wrote:Do writers have a social responsibility to consider when they write? That's a difficult question to answer when you consider that what is moral to one person is immoral to another.
polymath wrote: Sharp and powerful messages are appropriate, if not essential for literature. Othewise, there'd be no point. It would all be mindless, candy-floss convenient entertainment.
Down the well wrote:Anyway, in my opinion, stirring up a little controversy now and then is the socially responsible thing to do.
Mira wrote:I agree with you - but I sometimes think that authors confuse the 'hiding' of the message with not having a message at all. I could be wrong, but I think it is the job of an author to have a message - a theme, like you said. And I think the theme should be one that is beneficial to readers.
But, I also think it's the writer's job to hide that message so it doesn't bang the reader over the head. But that's a skill. So, I think there should be a message, but the writer needs to be skilled enough to hide it. My turn - does that make sense? :)
polymath wrote:For instance, a race of bug-eyed, flesh devouring, mind and soul sucking bipedal aliens attacks Phoenix, Arizona as a complication to be addressed.
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