Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog that theorizes People Don’t Always Read — or Write — to Escape
There are people who say books, movies, and shows — and the people who create them — should focus purely on entertaining an audience and avoid commenting on current events, social issues, and the like.
There are also people — like me — who believe writing should seek to inform and educate just as much as, if not more than, it should entertain.
I’m all for being entertained, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve never personally been one to treat books or TV as an escape. I don’t judge those who do — sometimes you just have to get away from it all for a while. I’m just always looking for a deeper meaning, a moral, a takeaway.
I write this way, too. Sometimes I’m afraid I’m not being entertaining ENOUGH because I focus in on the lessons I’m trying to get across. But I try my best.
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