: The audience finds meaning in a story which was written for its own sake.
- Straight: The reader sees all sorts of symbols, motifs, and aesops
- Exaggerated: The story's sole purpose is Rule of Cool, and yet is regarded and treated as deep and meaningful.
- Downplayed: The reader finds a hidden moral in what is nothing else more than a generic story.
- Inverted: The story is didactic (maybe even to the point of being Anvilicious), but treated as though written Just for Fun.
- Subverted: The story seems to be Just for Fun, nothing more than Acceptable Breaks from Reality
- Double Subverted: But there are some instances of Faux Symbolism, which gets the audience thinking
- Parodied: A badly-written Porn Without Plot Fanfiction is the subject of an English assignment and has its own Spark Notes.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- The audience treats the story as it was written: Just for Fun.
- The story in question is meant to be didactic and treated as such.
- Enforced: Wild Mass Guessing, Epileptic Trees, Faux Symbolism
- Lampshaded: "This story means nothing...unless you want it to."
- Invoked: Ms. Troper gives her English class a reading assignment.
- Exploited: Ms. Troper gives her English class a reading assignment which they'll think is deep and symbolic to keep them busy so they'll shut up.
- Defied: The audience takes the story in question completely at face value.
- Discussed: "I want you to notice..."
- Conversed: "This story doesn't mean anything!"
- Deconstructed: The Death of the Author. Authorial intent has absolutely no bearing on what the story conveys. The story can only be considered on its own elements through outside non-authorial analysis. A simple work someone finds deeper meaning in is complex, regardless of the way the author saw it.
- Reconstructed: While stories can take on meaning beyond what the author intended, that they emerge from the writing is due to conscious or subconscious effort from the writer. Someone can create a simple work and intend it to be simple, and it could have deeper meaning, and they can both be right.
- Played For Drama:
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