This was an interesting picture that I’ve been thinking about in regards to myself. Not as a reader, but as an author. Do any other authors wonder if their readers are getting the ideas that are in their head? What about if they come up with a different inference than you intended? These are questions and I’ve come up with this answer:
I write what I want and work off my own inferences, implications, and thoughts. That’s all I can do. My hope is that readers will see these or come up with their own ideas that will make me look at my books in a different light. I also acknowledge that there will always be readers who see things that I can’t figure out. You can’t please everybody and something that I see as an acceptable plot twist can be deemed a mistake by a reader. Being an author is about telling a story and not mind control. So, I trust my readers to follow their own inferences and hope it matches up.
Kind of a shaky explanation, but I’m still trying to figure it out. So, what about other authors and their readers?