I wrote a related article earlier, found here, on morals and writing fiction. This article, however, asks a question covering a much broader spectrum than just morality.
We all have ideas and opinions that we’re passionate about and that shape our worldview. We each have our own opinions about how the world is, and how it should be. And all of us, even the ones who just want to write pure fluff (or some degree of fluff), write from our own personal perspective, a perspective influenced by those ideas and opinions.
The question, then, is this: how much of our own personal agendas should we include in our writing? I spoke about morality, and that’s related, but this goes much deeper than that; many of these issues may even drive our desire to write, even those we choose the medium of fiction instead of non-fiction or some kind of religion or rights advocacy.
Some of our ideas and opinions are, of course, going to leak through. But what about conscious additions? What about entire subplots that are clearly driven by some social issue or religious agenda? Does this have its place? Or should we save it for another medium?
Say the novel is a fantasy story, like I write. But say the author includes some kind of driving feminist agenda. Where in the library should this book go? Feminist literature? Or just in the plain old fantasy section? What place do our agendas have in our fiction? Should we do our level best to exclude them from our stories, or do we have the right to include them? More than that, is there some kind of obligation to include them? Are they good? Or bad?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter.
I intend to write a third part on this subject, zeroing in particularly on religion.