Well I disagree! Sorry to be a bore, but as somebody who plans on taking English A Level and probably a Literature degree, I just can't see how people can say that writers rarely think about the deeper meanings in their books!
Let's take the example: "The curtains were blue".
The writer could have made those curtains any colour he liked. But he didn't. He made them blue.
Chances are, some thought went into that- I'm not saying that the writer spent three hours contemplating the exact shade to describe those blue curtains, but certainly some thought will have gone into the decision. So there must be logic behind it- maybe the writer wants to create a 'blue' mood? Maybe it represents something about the character? Maybe the writer is doing something interesting with description? WHO KNOWS?!
But until somebody says "Hey, maybe the curtains represent his immense depression and his lack of will to carry on!" you'd never have considered it, and the book would feel so unbearably 2 dimensional, it'd be unreadable.
Comment what you think, below! Maybe I'm completely wrong- perhaps writers really don't think that deeply about what techniques they're using, and this has been a massive waste of 250 words! So feel free to contradict me- I do love a good debate!