The recent fuss over Dumbeldore has me thinking about a related topic. As for Dumbeldore himself, I really couldn’t care less. I don’t care if he is heterosexual or homosexual. In fact to me he really is neither. It doesn’t matter, it has no bearing on the story whatsoever. Unless a book explicitly states a characters sexual orientation I never even consider it, it just doesn’t matter to me.
What I do want to know is who determines the meaning of a story? The author or the reader? Who determines what a novel is attempting to say about the world, about life? There are many instances of readers interpreting a book a certain way and the author denying that was his/her intent. But who is correct, is it the person from who’s mind the story flows or the person who takes the time to consume each word? Each reader has a personal history in which they try to fit the story and that might change depending on what is happening in their life when they read the book. We all know our moods and situations change. The same thing can surely be said of the author as well. So let me know. Author or reader?
Oh and to make this more interesting, no fence sitting, I want one or the other… 🙂