I hate John Steinbeck. Everything he writes is, quite frankly, absolute rubbish. He overuses imagery, metaphor and symbolism so much in all of his stories, and I feel like it detracts so much from the plots. Why can't things be simply and in plain sight, with delicate metaphors swirling in the background? I'd really prefer not to read something steeped in some much intracity that I end up passively reading a chapter, because I'm so bored out of my mind.
Literature should be like food and scent. Works shouldn't overwhelm the reader at first - the base tones should intend to intrigue and lure the reader in. The beginning stuff should be flirty, light, airy and quite frankly, useless - like the top tones of a perfume. Then once the story progresses, those silly and frivolous tones should dissolve, dissipate, evaporate - or whatever they do - and make way for the mid-tones - the stuff people like in the story. The stuff that's meaningful and fun. It's fruity, fresh, depressing, inspiring, happy and fear inducing. Then when the climax peaks and ends, it should hit the base tones - the meaty, raw and bulky stuff. That should be symbolism, the meaning - not the overtones.
I'm gonna go drink a cup of tea and go sleep now.