Friday, June 08, 2007

What are stories about?

Is a story about what the writer thinks it's about? Or is it about what the reader thinks it's about? Ray Bradbury stated that his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 is not about what everyone thinks it's about.

Even Bradbury’s authorized biographer, Sam Weller, in The Bradbury Chronicles, refers to Fahrenheit 451 as a book about censorship.

Bradbury, a man living in the creative and industrial center of reality TV and one-hour dramas, says it is, in fact, a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature.
Art is about expression. It's also about interpretation. The answer to the question is: The story is about both. That's something we can discuss and learn from. Sometimes questions can have more than one answer. (Just not in dictionaries.)

1 comment:

Kindralas said...

A story is something that we all want to know what the writer thinks about, but then we ignore it and take what we take anyway.

Being a fan of a couple of bands that don't really shy away from controversy, and release songs with very, um, interesting subject matter, it's a subject I trip over quite a bit talking to other fans.

Every time someone talks to me about the subject matter of Stinkfist, and then giggles like a high school kid, I have to roll my eyes.