When an author creates a work for public consumption–a blog, an article, a short story, poem, or a fiction/non-fiction book, they do so to inspire thought. The Lord of the Rings created new worlds with an old theme. Can good defeat evil? Every work ever written reflects the internal heart of the author, and in that sense, fiction contains reality.
For me, looking inside issues and exposing loggerhead opinions allows my readers to see all sides of an issue and come away changed, or at least better informed as to the lives led by people different from them. I’ve written novels about political intrigue, the fall of a preacher, the life of a call girl, and a murder based on ego and the thrill of getting even.
No issue in life has humanity’s complete agreement. It’s the differences between us that make us the complex creatures we are. To understand how society changes, we have to understand the motivations of those driving the issues. I have actually placed a warning on Create Space, “This novel is NC-17.” All authors have a responsibility to inspire thought. What kind of world would there be, if we all goose-stepped along the politically correct road.
The upside to this kind of inspiration is that if we present so-called evildoers correctly, they become, if not likable, understandable. A good author entertains. A great author inspires thought and changes the world.