Why Authorial Intent and Death of the Author are Both Valid

When it comes to interpreting any sort of story, there are generally two schools of thought.  In one corner, we have the concept of authorial intent.  Those who argue in favor of authorial intent believe, at the basis, that what the author was going for and wanted to say with their story is the true, objective interpretation.  This remains true even if the author adds content or insight outside of the story through items like interviews.  However, in the other corner is the concept of death of the author.  This corner believes that the author inherently does not matter.  Instead, stories are completely subjective, especially in regards to what the story means.  It is up to the reader to decide what they mean, even in regards to story points that may be presented as vague.

For many, the argument between the two has no bearing on their lives.  However, spend time in any fandom long enough and you will see this basic concept come to the forefront.  Does the author clarifying this story point mean it is objectively what happened?  Does it matter what the author wanted for a message if other points in the story don’t support it?  Fans spend hours and hours arguing which is more important, usually with nothing gained at the end of the conversation.

In the end, though, I have a different position that I wish to take.  Rather than one being better than the other, I wish to argue that both are valid and have their place depending on context.  If this is a topic that interests you, I hope you’ll stick with me while I lay out my points.  Of course, remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion.  This is simply my own, and if you feel different that is perfectly fine.

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Some Thoughts on “Star-begotten” Chapters 9 & 10

As you can imagine, finishing up the last bit of Star-begotten by H.G. Wells means that all the cards are laid out on the table.  Somehow, through these last two chapters, we finally see what the true symbolic meaning of “Martians” is: the future and future generations.  However, we also see a brief window into the dismissal of the idea that we are held back by our own past.  As per usual, the following is simply my own interpretation of the story.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapters 7 & 8

As the story of Star-begotten by H.G. Wells gets closer to the end, more and more negative qualities of humanity come about in both blunt and subtle forms.  Chapters 7 & 8 are no exception, as the idea of Martianization takes hold of the public, and we see the effects the news has on others.  However, these chapters in particular focus on two interesting aspects: our assumption that “rational” people all agree on certain matters, and the effects sensationalizing has on scientific inquiry.  As per usual, the following is my own interpretation of the story and just my opinion.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapters 5 & 6

This week we continue our journey with Star-begotten by H.G. Wells.  Compared to the previous chapters, this week’s chapters take the ridiculous theory of Martianization and turn it into one that the characters more seriously explore and gather data on.  However, amidst the serious inquiry, we see a mirror held up to three of humanity’s flaws: our bias based on what we know, our tendency to draw conclusions from unscientific methods, and our tendency to see what we want to see.  As per usual, the following post is simply my own opinions, and you’re welcome to draw different conclusions.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapter 2, 3, and 4

Continuing on with “Star-begotten” by H.G. Wells, this week I made it through chapters 2, 3, and 4.  Within these chapters, we begin to see the descent of Joseph Davis into what is potentially madness.  However, the story is weaved incredibly well, making the entire scenario feel all too possible despite how ludicrous Martian cosmic rays sound.  Thus, this week, I feel it is imperative to discuss how the story establishes authority to create believability, and also what the events mean for our modern day.  As per usual, the following is just my own opinion on the story.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapter 1

This week I decided to start a longer length story to examine for my Friday posts for a while.  As such, my analyses for these will be a bit different than the usual short story ones.  Some posts may be theories, some may be an analysis on how elements are executed, and some will be the usual talk about what it all means.  However, hopefully you will still enjoy hearing my thoughts on them.

I start my journey off with Chapter 1 of Star-begotten.  Written by H.G. Wells, the story describes itself as a tale about a man who begins to believe that aliens are invading human life in some manner.  Much of Chapter 1 is spent exploring the protagonist’s, Joseph Davis, character.  However, within this chapter we see a brilliant execution that allows for one to believe both that Joseph is innocently blind, maliciously blind, and the only one not blind to events around him.  As per usual, the following are simply my own thoughts and just one opinion of many.

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Writing Climaxes and What Voltron Season 7 Teaches Us Not to Do

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER SEASON 7.

 

As per usual, I am a bit behind everyone else and only just finished Season 7 of Voltron: Legendary Defender this week.  By far I think this is the best season of the show, but this is not what I wish to talk about today.  I’ve reviewed the show in general, and while that was a few seasons ago, nothing has occurred that’s changed my opinion from that review.  Instead, however, I wish to analyze the show from a different perspective: what we can learn about writing from it.  Specifically, I want to talk about the climax and what it teaches us about plot twists and how executing them can go awry.  Obviously, you should beware some hefty spoilers for the end of the season.

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Some Thoughts on “The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost”

“The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost” by H.G. Wells is best described as a tale within a tale.  On the surface level, it is an excellent ghost story that has just that little nagging sense of creepiness to get even the most ardent of sceptics.  Underneath this, though, the story has an interesting metaphor for ghosts and people.  As per usual, the following is my own interpretation of the piece and just an opinion.

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Stardew Valley’s Multiplayer: A Worthwhile Addition or Not?

When farming simulator Stardew Valley came out in 2016, it caused quite the stir in the gaming community.  For some, it was a much wanted Harvest Moon clone game on PC.  For others, it was different from the current trends and offered an addictive, relaxing experience.  Regardless of why people fell in love with the game, the fact of the matter is it became a beloved game rather quickly.  However, there was one feature that people demanded fairly early on: multiplayer.  While single player games still have their place (despite what AAA companies seem to believe), many fans also do crave a multiplayer experience.  So, whether it was already in the plans or the fans’ plea was heard, this month multiplayer was added to the game.

Yet, after having played it, I have to ask one thing: was it a worthwhile addition or not?  In my opinion, the answer is rather mixed.

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