I would like to remind you of my Character Contest that is going on! I'd really appreciate it if you participated! Take a look at the link!
Every story has a surface: plot, character, setting, storyline, etc. But every story (or every good story, that is) has a deeper meaning.
For example, Jack Kerouac's On the Road is about some guy following this wild crazy hobo around the country doing stuff just for kicks. It's fun and sometimes painful, an all around good story. But it's really about the search for inner happiness in a world suppressing individual freedom. Gene Brewer's K-PAX is about some nut claiming to be an alien who gets tossed into the loony bin and ends up making the psychiatrist and the other patients examine their own ridiculous situations. But it's really about how love and pain shake us to our very core, along with all sorts of messages about questioning government and family structure and societal rules. The television series LOST (rest in peace, my friend) is about a group of people who crash on a mysterious island with polar bears and electromagnetic fields and immortal beings and mystical healing powers and a giant smoke monster that eats people, and the peoples' journey of, well, getting off the island. But it's really about how everything in life is so complicated and stupid and really screwed up and nonsensical and useless, except for love, which is the only transcendent, interpersonal, um, thing, for the lack of a better word.
So, when you read (or watch TV or movies) do you look at the surface for entertainment or do you look deeper for enlightenment?
If you can't tell from this post, I fall under the latter category, which is probably why I'm so messed up in the head, insane in the membrane, or any other phrase that describes a crazy person.
Also, when you write, do you write the story first, or do you write with a specific message in mind?
Once again, I am the latter. But I'm not preachy... It's kind of a tricky thing to do.