We’re finding many Christian-made fantastical novels that want to appeal to Christian and secular readers. Many aspiring authors want to conjure a literary elixir that has evaded all but the most elite creators. They call this “crossing over,” not just reaching readers in evangelical markets, but finding a bigger fanbase in general markets. Should these stories try to help secular readers, such as by presenting nonbelievers with better views of Christians or churches? And if so, what’s the best way to do this, not just according to results, but according to the Bible?
- Yes, we might be thinking of particular authors. No, we won’t name them.
- This is kinda about evangelism, but broader than that. Mainly it’s about rep.
- And this also does relate to rhetoric we see from some aspiring authors.
- We may see in fantastical stories a way to make things right in the real world.
- But if we come from sheltered worlds, well, sometimes we don’t see right.
1. How have Christian novels tried to “cross over” and help secular readers?
2. How do some aspiring Christian authors want to help secular readers?
3. How should Christian novels help secular readers by being more realistic?
- Be realistic about the world, including the evils of trendy sins.
- Be realistic about the church, including its great blessings from God.
- Be realistic about tragic backstories, including mixed motives for “fearing.”
- And be realistic about eternal destiny, including God’s righteous wrath and rewards.
This gives one much to think about. I enjoyed it. I’m a little surprised that only 20 people watched it and no one left a comment. I just found it. Thank you.
Meanwhile at Lorehaven
- Join our Lorehaven Guild book quest for N. D. Wilson’s 100 Cupboards, ongoing in August.
- We also reviewed 100 Cupboards (2007) and we’re making more reviews.
- Elijah David releases a great article: Shasta’s Meeting with Aslan in ‘The Horse and His Boy’ Helped Me Embrace God’s Sovereignty.
- Look for our next article with a back to school book list for families!
Next on Fantastical Truth
Okay, we admit, in recent episodes we have sounded more negative about popular culture. That’s justified. At the same time, why have some pundits go even more negative about fine pop-culture traditions? For example, just a few years ago, some critics spoke like movie theaters and the whole cinematic experience were finished, passé, the end! Instead we’d all be sitting at home in lockdown with our streaming services, watching made-for-TV-movies and shows! Now that theater movies are roaring back, and some studio CEOs are taking hard looks at the flaws of streaming, how can Christians evaluate that strange impulse to spy trends ahead of time and predict our culture’s future?
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