I've reached a dilemma. Suddenly I'm unsure if I wish my novel to follow the Ellis-esque route of vacuous hedonism as a means of illustrating how meaningless life is, or if I want to use my characters' personal stories as platform for the themes in my novel. My question is do you guys like the archetype approach? When the characters are sufficiently developed, but the main point of the novel isn't them, but rather the subtlty and nuance of the text? When the characters, if analysed, are really just examples of a particular message trying to be conveyed?