In English class we've been learning to discover the differences between "interpretive" and "escape" forms of literature. Im just curious, is there anyone who reads interpretive stuff in their leisure time? I dont mind being able to find hidden meanings while im reading, but do any of you read and try to discover all that exists between the lines of stories for fun?
I enjoy deconstructing books and stories to find the meanings within the meanings... I'm not sure I've ever heard the terms "interpretive" and "escape" as specific categories of literature, however. Are they considered opposites? Are they related to each other?
Interpretive refers to literature with hidden meanings, symbols, basically anything that requires the reader to "interpret" to get the most out of the story.
Escape refers to most commercialized literature. Its main purpose is entertainment, often contains stereotyped characters and happy endings.
Those are the terms they teach us in grade 12 english here in Alberta. Though the entire cirriculum revolves around the interpretive stuff, we're expected to be able to understand the difference between the two.
I'm not sure I agree here. If a book can be written such that it satisfies the 'average' reader, but still offers a hidden meaning to those seeking it - that's a great writer. Not too many of those out there, though.
Myself, I'd be the 'escape' type. Knowing myself, I'd probably seek hidden meanings in books that don't have them. Plus, I'd much rather read three different books casually than read one book three times.