Let's be honest, the main reason that we read (for most of us anyway) is the same reason that we watch Netflix--to be entertained. I mean, seriously, how many folks are currently reading Hail and Farewell or any of the works of Stephen Crane? (Hint: me.) I know that, when I write, I can't write to be the next Hemingway or to simply make a buck. Yes, both of those would be great though. I write, firstly, for myself. I have ideas (God only knows where they come from) but I have them and I feel compelled to write them down and so I do (usually). And once I do that and share them, they are out there to be either judged or enjoyed or both.
I recently penned and shared a story, "Domestic Violence." The first reader, as always, is my wife. She found it engaging and entertaining. Great literature it is not. But there is always something more lurking beneath the surface of any story, short or long. If you read "Domestic Violence" (and I hope that you do), try to see beyond the wooden story line told time and time again in writ and on the screen...to read between the lines, so to speak. What will you find? I can't say what you will find but there is more to the story. With fiction, there is always more to the story.
Hints? Well, a writer doesn't generally like to do that but, since this is, after all, "a lesson in literature..." Why not?
So the next time you read that "entertaining" story or watch that action-packed film, by all means, enjoy it! Conversely, don't be so judgmental--all is not always as it seems. Perhaps, simply take a moment to search for what lies beneath and you might just find a hidden gem. It is such treasures that connect the reader with the writer and the writer with the reader. We write for ourselves, true. But we also write for you.