Shadowman wrote: You're interpreting it as such, that doesn't mean it actually is. On the other hand, this is just my opinion. I've always had a huge distaste for trying to find meaning that isn't really there. I much prefer to read the story that was actually written, the story the writers intended for people to see.
Absolutely I am. And by and large, I agree with you...I'm interested in what the author is saying, and frankly, too much manufactured meaning is absurd to say the least. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as Freud would say. But at the end of the day, this is my life, not the author's, so the meaning that matters most is what something means to me.
The fact is that if we rely only on what the author intends us to derive from something, we have very short conversations. Interpretation is different from things that have ultimate ending points in that there is no end to interpretations, and off into the future interpretations will continue to change because there is no finite number of possibilities that people can see something as.
Likewise, just because you interpret Transformers as a marketing ploy to sell toys and nothing more does not mean that there isn't any other meaning. If we interpret something as meaning this or that, we're not ascribing an empirical value to it. Interpretations are relative: if I think Transformers is a metaphor and you think it's just about making money, that does not in any way make me wrong. It just means we have different interpretations.
If we are, generally speaking, a collection of adult-ish people who have been hanging on to toy robots for nearly 30 years and see them as nothing more than toys and animation cells, that really does make us pretty pathetic.
If, on the other hand, we are involved in a mythos that has a rich character base and offers points to think about and could be, just like those characters, a variety of different things, then we've really got something of value to work to interpret.
As long as an interpretation can be supported with evidence from what is being interpreted, then it is correct as an interpretation. The fact that any given source material is capable of generating and supporting numerous and varied interpretations is a testament to the quality of the source material.