This might cause me to lose points with some people, but I write because the world needs to be entertained. Not scolded.
I don’t write to explore the human condition or to point out all the atrocities being caused by large, faceless corporations and/or governments. I’m not trying to start a revolution or cause people to see the world in a new way. It’s not my intent to inject social justice or certain political beliefs into a story.
I write so people can find an oasis from those things. When I read or watch a movie, I don’t want to be preached at or told I’m some kind of monster because I like or do certain things. I’m looking for an escape, if only for a little while. That’s what I hope my writing does. I want to create worlds where people can go when they want to get away from the horrors of everyday life.
There’s nothing wrong with writing for social change or to spotlight things that are wrong in the world. It’s my opinion that a lot of writers take themselves way too seriously. They push an agenda and try to wrap it in the skin of sci-fi or fantasy.
Maybe I’m the minority in this, but I’ve never picked up a book in the hopes it will change the way I see world. I just want to read a good story and have some fun doing it.
And I don’t care who or what the main character is. I don’t need to “see myself” in them to enjoy the story. If it’s a good, well written book I’ll read it.
There’s enough gloom and doom being pumped out through newspapers and cable news. As writers, it should be our job to rescue the masses from that and offer a place of rest for the weary.
This might be an unpopular opinion, but it just that. An option. If you agree, great. If you disagree, that’s great too. What I write won’t be for everyone and I’m okay with that.