Continuing my look at links I found while buried in writing challenge fic, Cindy R. Wilson had an interesting discussion here about books that move us versus books that entertain us and the value/credit we assign to those books. I found it interesting not only on its own, but in its relationship to my own writing.
As I’ve said before, I write dark. And I always look for a theme and some kind of layers and threads in my storytelling that can be interwoven into a greater whole. For me, Cormac McCarthy's The Road is a perfect example of this.
For me, the two concepts of value and entertainment are so intertwined as to be inextricable. But even if my own work is somewhat less or fails on either front, I'm not sure this is an either/or proposition. I still believe books that move people can be books that entertain. And vice versa.
Or maybe that’s just me. How do you write? To move or entertain? Is one more valuable or deserving of credit? What do you think? Is it either/or?