I just finished reading The Outsider by Camus. While I really liked it there were a lot of points in it where I found myself thinking that his philosophy was more important to him than the story he is telling. I like stories that leave you thinking after you finish reading and have something to say about the world (the one we live in, not the fictional one) but always believed story should be the most important aspect in any fiction. I guess my question is what is more important to people, story or ideas? Whether you think stories need to be thought provoking, rather than purely entertaining, to be taken seriously?