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by Vanessa Barger
Hello! Thanks to Decadent for letting me crash the blog today! I’m asking you all something particular this time – whether you want to be entertained while you read, or entertained and made to think. Don’t know what I mean? Well, think about it like a movie. There are some awesome movies out there – A Beautiful Mind, The Pursuit of Happyness, etc. They’re great movies. You laugh, you cry, and you come out on occasion feeling emotional and maybe even a little drained.
I must admit, these are the movies I see once and generally never watch again. There are times when I want a movie that challenges me. But honestly? Not very often. I, like many of you, work in a job where there is enough “reality” every day. When I read a book or see a movie, I want to be entertained. I want something funny, that draws me in and makes me care. If it makes me think without making me realize it, great!
I think that’s a challenge sometimes. It’s harder to write a book where the message is in there, but the readers aren’t aware until the end. Being heavy handed about it is sometimes easier, especially when you’ve warned your readers on the blurb that it’s coming. But which do you prefer? Are there times when you sit down and want an emotional, dramatic read? Are you looking for a more light-hearted approach?
I always try to make sure I write my books with some underlying themes and enough drama to capture everyone’s attention. Do I ever dream of writing the next great dramatic novel? Sure, sometimes. But if a reader comes away happy with what they read, that’s more than enough for me.