Why do you think authors include hidden messages (like morals of the story) in their story?
I like to think it’s because there are so many young readers on the platform, and this is kind of a way to “teach” them and show a good example. I know this is not what stories are mostly about, but I like to think it
Also, because morals usually come with a happy ending, and people like reading stories like that.
Do you think that they include it on purpose?
I believe the authors who include morals, they mostly do that on purpose. However, there are many stories that send wrong messages to their readers, and I
hope think those authors are not really aware of what they are doing.
Do you yourself, like stories with clear morals?
Yes. I mean I don’t need it to be said directly, I prefer if it’s just hinted on or something. But I would love to see more stories like this on the app.
Give an example of a story you read in which there was a hidden meaning
I can’t really think of any better examples than Silent Night by H. Noelle. The whole story is written without dialogues! The directing so impressive that the message of the story becomes clear without the characters having to say a single word.
Does every story have a moral / hidden meaning / message?
Tbh I doubt this about certain stories, but I can’t say it for sure because the moral of the story usually comes to light by the end, and I either haven’t finished reading them or they are not completed yet. I think endings where MC and LI get married and live happily ever after can be considered as a moral too, even if it’s kind of “cliche”.
Is it necessarily a good thing? Can it be a bad thing?
It can be bad, and I’m mostly concerned about stories revolving around abuse and bullying. These are very sensitive subjects and unfortunately many authors write about this without knowing how to portray it well, and this can do more harm than good.
Besides this, I have to mention stories that glorify Stockholm Syndrome and psychotic love interests. And sometimes this go together with stories about abuse, which is even worse
Can a story ‘just be a story’
Yes, definitely. To me it depends on the genre. For example if I’m reading a comedy, I don’t really expect to see any deep messages. It’s great if there’s still some though.
Can a reader find a moral, totally different from authors?
Yes. For example, I really like open endings, when the author leaves things to our interpretation. Even if it’s not intentional