Can a novel be based on entertainment? Of course it must entertain the reader, but is this enough? What I'm trying to say is that when you write a novel, you have to think about hidden meanings, messages/morals of the story, and so on, but what would happen if you decided to leave all of those out? If you made your novel funny and entertaining but forgot all about sophisticated literature? If it made people laugh and they wanted to read it, would that be enough for a publisher to pick it up? I'd love to know everyone's opinions on this. Just to be clear, this isn't a problem I'm having, I'm just wondering. I make allegories and symbolism a big part of my writing.