First of all, I just want to say hi, thanks and welcome to all the new bloggy friends. I hope that you all find some value in what I have to say. :-)
Then... just a warning, this post might be a tad controversial.
I find them a lot when I watch animated movies or YA books.
They irritate the shit out of me.
I am not kidding. Lessons really bring out my dark side when I read, because I see it in more than one light. And none of them make it better. I'll highlight my main arguments.
I don't read to be preached at. I read to be entertained. I'm not ready or willing to have an opinion/lesson bashed into my head when I cannot reason with the person doing it. So... if it feels like a book is telling me: "This is the moral of the story, kids!" I will still finish it, but I will never touch a book by that author again. And I have a very. long. memory.
I believe that writers in serve an important function in society. We are the ones who take a step back, inspect everything we can about the humanity as it is in our time and comment on it. Yes, we can show what the world might become because of what we're doing to it now. We can show what it can be if we change. If we dig deep and follow our ideals. All of life lies within the writer's scope.
But do we stand as judges?
We stand as oracles. The people who can tell others what we see. The ones that suggest answers.
What the recipient does with those answers is his business. We have no right to bash him over the head with what we think is right or wrong. It is not our place.
Parents, teachers, preachers and are in the position required to teach.
We writers are in a position to make our readers think.
Force a lesson in and the entire function of the writer is undermined. Because a) the reader isn't left with a choice in his/her thoughts b) the readers who think beyond the story will ask why the other options can't work and will balk at being force fed the lesson.
In short, when I am getting a lesson bash while I read, I get irritated both as a reader and a writer.
So... that is how I feel about this. How do you feel?