“I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it’s dull, you’re just not communicating.” –Poul Anderson
As a fiction writer I have to believe this. My job is not to preach or moralize. I try to reflect honest values of family and personal pride but that must be secondary to the story.