Does a Novel Need to Have a Moral?

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Does a Novel Need to Have a Moral?

Post by ladyf » September 17th, 2020, 4:17 am

A friend of mine asked me: "What do you want to say with your book? Remember back in school days when we had to discover the moral of a story? Somebody wrote a tale to tell me that lies are easily detected. Why are you writing your story?"

I was puzzled. In the course of an entire day I was considering possible messages, and he overthrew all of them as meaningless, childish and unimportant.

Another friend of mine said: “It is not a child’s story – morals are the stuff of fables and schmaltzy Hollywood blockbusters. Seriously, if you put a moral in work these days, people think that they are being preached to. And I don’t think that that is your strength. You don’t have a great understanding of philosophy, psychology or politics. You craft fantastic landscapes, stocked with equally fantastic people and bring them to life with humor and affection."

So today I confessed that I have nothing important to say, not now. I can look up some wise thoughts, but I don't believe I can generate one on my own. Besides, I want to say something important for the wrong reasons - that is pure vanity. I want to be motivated by love for the reader, not by how I would look in the eyes of people, when I don't say anything. I fear that I have nothing to say and that fear gets in the way of love.

Your thoughts, Nathan?

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Re: Does a Novel Need to Have a Moral?

Post by Nathan Bransford » November 16th, 2020, 10:56 am

A novel definitely doesn't need a moral! Focus on telling a good story not teaching a lesson, and that goes for books of all ages.

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Re: Does a Novel Need to Have a Moral?

Post by ISSHIKI » September 28th, 2021, 6:33 am

Once, i was sharing my story with my friends. And in the end, i said nothing...then he said,"So? what you want to teach me here? stay away from the girl?" i was like, man, i'm not trying to teach you anything here....i just share my story with you. that moment i thought...grrrr, why i even share my story with him.
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Re: Does a Novel Need to Have a Moral?

Post by KellyP » October 27th, 2021, 8:02 am

No, they don't. If you want to include one, that's fine, but don't feel like your story is incomplete if you choose not to. Sometimes a story is just for entertainment. Sometimes, you'll discover something deeper has made its way in without you even noticing it was there until the story was done.

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