The response is what we are looking for. Positive would be preferred, of course, but that is something we cannot control.
Fiction writers write to tell a good story. That is the goal. Within that story the plot, setting, characters, and theme all come together as a whole, creating an impact of emotion to be received.
Our emotions can be stirred by something as short as a song or as long as an epic novel. Both can inspire. The package of the message is the medium through which an author connects with the audience.
If that connection is achieved, both writer and reader become aware of the simple truth that they are not alone.
To be reminded of that is the word’s greatest purpose.