Must a writer always have some underlying message in their fictional works? Or can they exist as mere entertainment and information?
I don't know.
Personally, I write to entertain and bring people to another reality, another universe. But even if I don't consciously implement messages, they are still there. In the shadows of my words.
There is a suicide in one of my works and it seems portrayed like a pointless death. So, is that my eternal message about suicides?
Not at all.
I hold no judgment. I am a writer, not a judicial servant.
Even though I can interpret things from my own texts, it shouldn't be up to me to do so. That should be the work of the audience.
Is the work of the audience also to interpret me, based on my texts? I suppose I don't have much of a say in that.
Whatever the message and interpretation, just know, that I don't know anything.