Cantabile Posted January 10, 2011 Author Share Posted January 10, 2011 Well, it was Raidne's comment about The Prince of Nothing shoving Bakker's viewpoint down her throat that inspired this topic, if that serves as an example for some (though I never once felt Bakker was shoving a view point, since all of the philosophy and politics are woven into the characterization and plot) Another example is The Alchemist, which I've heard friend criticize for hitting them on the head with the same message over and over. Seeing as there's not really a plot to that novel, and it is entirely an exploration of a message, being a parable of sorts, I don't have an issue with that either.Speaking of parables, perhaps our dislike of feeling that we're being preached to stems from getting so used to stories that are simply entertainment, so that when there is a strong message it contrasts too much. Parables and fables have become a lost art in this day and age, after all.Or perhaps it stems with our cultural obsession with independence and not being told what to do.The why of our negative rection to certain messages/means of expressing those messages is a pretty good question. We have an effect, but not a clear and definite cause. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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