Hi All, Lately, I've been talking with friends about the interpretation of a book, and there's a lot of people who will tell you that if you understood something differently than them, then you misunderstood. We even debate the meaning of books in school. Personally, I remember an episode from my school days where it got out of hand, and teachers and pupils disagreed so strongly that we finally had to contact the author... But the reason, I've been in discussions about this is that what I find one of the most beautiful things about books is that it can have a different meaning to everyone! If I write a story, I have a clear idea of what I want to say with the book, but what I love is when someone tells me that they took something completely different away from it. I like that a story can create so many ripples. So to you all as writers: is it important for you that the reader gets what you wanted to say or do you like it when they have understood it completely differently? Also to you as readers: Is there any book that you've read where you haven't agreed with your friend's, family's, or media's interpretation of it? I know it may be a bit of a common example, but to me, I guess it is Alice in Wonderland. It has always been one of my favourite stories, and when people see the many copies and pictures I have, they often want to talk about symbolism (which has never been my favourite), hidden meanings, whether it was written on drugs, etc. But to me it's simply a story that reminds me that when I get stuck, I can start to think differently. Ask 'what if' of everything? And if I ever feel I need drugs to be creative, it's time to love my imagination and inner child a bit more . To me, it's meaning is also a reminder that even though I might think I know something, there's always so much more to learn and that the life I know isn't the only kind of life to be lived.