It depends on the nature of the story.

It depends on the nature of the story. For example, autobiographical and/or factual stories will, and need to capture personal values and beliefs.

When it comes to a fictional story with many characters, one or more characters might capture the writer's perspective. Take the example of Dr. Seuss stories, many of them captured societal values in some form or the other, and some of them were writer's perspective as well. Same with movies, which has become the most common form of storytelling in the 20th and 21st century. For that matter, even Harry Potter's character as mentioned by the writer was influenced by her own views and values.

The storytelling and personal values in storytelling also revolves largely around cultural aspects, and one's view of the world. There are movie directors out there, who directed their focus on social dramas, and those dramas certainly incorporated their values into some of the characters, and to some extent even to the whole theme of the story.

Take home Thought: Storytelling needs imagination, and whether we like it or not, what & how we see and value the world will largely influence our stories. What we should not do, as pointed out in the article, is to force our beliefs completely into the story, which certainly could change with "EYE" (Experience, Education, Exposure).

Originally shared by Rob Bignell, Editor