However, this sort of thing is really not limited to the dead. Don't we draw obvious and non-obvious conclusions from the books we read? Sure, maybe the author intended to put that bit of deep philosophy in there, but maybe it's just something we are seeing as a reader. So, what about your book? It there some kind of theme you are seeing float to the surface that you never intended to be there? How about a theme you did mean to put there that you hope readers will see?
In my book there is a rather prominent theme of human development and puberty and what it means on an emotional level. It's really in there a little heavy and I honestly didn't mean for it to be. There are just too many natural parallels with my faerie mythos. With this particular one, I hope readers don't see it too much, because I think that with a particularly philosophical reader, it could be a little intrusive. Along that line, however, I do hope that readers catch the male side of of the faerie vs. human sexuality. It's a little subtle, but it's there.;)
The stuff I did mean to put in there that I hope readers do see, is a very careful lattice of groundwork for the next three books. I would love this series to be the kind of series where you get done with all the books, and then you re-read them, (don't you adore the idea of someone re-reading your book!) you almost have to laugh because you see all the little clues that were laid starting all the way from book one. That, I think, is my ultimate reader-response fantasy.
How about you?