You know what I love to see? A Christian fiction that I sincerely enjoy. Because I don't about you guys, but that is something I have struggled to find.
We as Christians have a responsibility to be unique, to not back away from the tough topics, and to not make reader/watchers bored to tears.
I've noticed these four things that MOST Christian Fiction has in common.
(A) They're about as Diverse as a Hallmark movie.
*Cough* Shadow Mancer *cough**Cough*
(B) The villains are all the same.
They're either completely bad (God forbid we have a gray villain) or else some sort of person they were close to died and they have now wandered away from their faith, but that's ok, because after they whine for most of the story the find God again in one. Single. Scene.
(C) They like cramming theology down your throat.
(D) They portray all non Christians as horrible people.
It's just like: "Hmm, lets add a few non Christians to this book and make them all evil" Yeah, sure. That Will REALLY help more people find Christ. It's ok if the villains are non Christians, but that doesn't mean, you know, all of them have to be jerks.
I know the authors mean well and all, but I wish they would go about it in a different way. They've become so desperate to get the message out, that they are either super preachy or else take liberties in order to try and make the stories interesting.
Christian stories just have so much potential to be deep and moving. Don't waste that potential. Keep striving towards creating that great story, and one day you will be glad you did.
But, of course, what do I know? I'm simply speaking as a reader, not a writer. And everyone knows that you have to be a writer in order to recognize quality writing.
What do you think of Christian Fiction? Do you have any favorites, and if so why? Talk to me in the comments below, and we shall have a lovely geek conversation.