Today’s word: READING
When you read, you are listening in on someone else’s thoughts. This is especially true of non-fiction, where the author’s reason for writing is to impart some ‘truth.’ But it is also true of most fiction and especially true of great fiction. The author’s ultimate aim is to share a belief with you, the reader.
The author presents his own take on ‘truth’ through the unique and clever use of words, and you, the reader, are free to agree or take exception to it. Still, just presenting that truth, those new slants, some differing ideology, or certain closely held beliefs may be the genius that gives the finished work its influence. That could lead to the author’s desired outcome of convincing readers of a given position. At the very least it likely makes them stop and think.
This is, I believe, the reason we are drawn to books and short stories, works of fiction. They impart the author’s ‘truth’ in an entertaining way and we derive pleasure in exploring that truth. Even if, in the end, we do not fully agree with the premise, I suspect it serves to make us ponder and, perhaps, even alter our own closely held ideas, however slightly.
Literature is almost always presented as entertainment and we are free to agree or disagree with any ‘message’ it contains. But even if we disagree, the work itself still challenges us to examine our own cherished beliefs and that challenge may result in either altering the belief or in holding to it more tightly.
The choice is always the readers.
~ Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer ~