Should all fiction carry moral messages?

At least in fiction, we love to see good spirits winning over evil ones. In other words, the main force which draws us till the end of a novel is the expectation of seeing the victory of morality. But, what if all the novels were written in the opposite way. If majority of them was written such a way that villains and all other evils keep winning over good people and all other well wishers, would that make any difference? Probably not, probably yes. It all depends on the mental maturity of the reader. Information is equally and openly available to each and every seeker. Difference happens in the process of consuming. Same set of lecture notes are studied by any given group of students, but always one and only one person emerges as the “numero uno”. And likewise many of them fails to score passing marks. Let us shift back to our topic. Morality of books, precisely speaking novels, is a matter of great debate for ages. Time and again we saw books being criticised or worse , being banned. All because of this magic word “morality”. This debate is quit complex to comprehend. First there are those who believe book can’t change a person. Books are dead stuff, a mean for entertainment. Nothing more nothing less. According to them it’s just human nature to find a scapegoat after doing wrong things. Since books are dead, they can be made villain easily. Then there are those who believe book can influence a person, but ultimately it is the person’s will to do or not do. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was once criticised by police department about his way of writing. Being the most famous detective story writer of his time, his literary works were appreciated by people from all walks of society, including goons and criminals. Police alleged that criminals were becoming more and more cleaver by reading his novels. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle handled this allegation judiciously. He silenced his critics by saying that in all his fictions, crime didn’t pay at all. Ultimately criminals were defeated. So if criminals were getting sharper by following criminals path in those stories, then police department can also follow justice’s path to outshine them. But there are some other viewpoints too. Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay is one such person. Among non bengali readers, he is mostly known by his novel devdas. No doubt it is one of the best literary work of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. But still he hesitated to release that book at first because he thought the book lacks in moral values. Morality and immorality depends upon the observer’s perspective. What appears highly moral to some person may not be very pleasing to others. Responsibility is totally separate issue, if every immoral stuffs provokes someone in doing immoral things then the problem obviously lies with the person, not with the provoker or source of immorality. Which can be a book. But as an ordinary author, I must vote for morality. It is widely accepted in mainstream literatures. Morality sells for sure :)

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