Yesterday I got flute music for a Twenty One Pilots song. It was kinda awesome.
Today’s post is an interesting one. If you’ve been around the blogosphere a bit, you’ve probably heard of Opal. And you might have seen her post a few weeks ago called Why I Don’t Like Christian Fiction. If you haven’t read the post, read it now, and if you’ve never heard of Opal, then you should probably subscribe while you are over there.
Opal made some pretty interesting and good points over there, which I can say even though I personally love Christian fiction. What I found most interesting, though, was that 95% of the comments were agreeing with her. Do most people really not like Christian fiction?
So I decided to write a post sharing why I do like Christian fiction. Just for a different perspective, you know.
But first, two things before I begin:
1. This is not a rebuttal post. Opal made some great points, and I’m not disagreeing with any of them. I’m just explaining my point of view. Also, I’d actually planned on doing this post anyway long before she posted hers.
2. I’m not claiming that everything I say applies to all Christian fiction, nor am I saying that it applies to all the ones that I’ve read. I am simply sharing what I think about most of the ones I’ve read (which consists of Melody Carlson, Karen Kingsbury, Erynn Mangum, and various different kindle and paperback authors whose names I cannot remember).
Alrighty. So why do I like Christian fiction?
1. I grew up with it
I wasn’t one of those kids who only read Christian fiction growing up, and then hated it when I was older. I hadn’t actually read much of it until I was about eight or nine, but around that age, I really got into it (particularly the Nancy Rue ones), and so I slowly progressed to the YA ones, as well as some adult ones, and I continued to love it. If I like something, I tend to stick with it. And sure, I’ve branched off a heck of a lot, but it’s still great to come back to what I know and love.
2. A lot of them have happy endings
I’ve talked about happy endings a lot lately. I love them more than anything in the world, in both fiction and real life. In general, I’ve found that Christian fiction tends to have more happy endings than other books. This isn’t true for all books, of course, but as a general rule, I’ve found more happy endings in Christian fiction than other fiction. Maybe they’re cheesy or cliché. Maybe I’m a sap. Maybe it seems childish. But I like happy endings. Christian fiction normally provides me with happy endings. So I like Christian fiction.
3. I can relate to it
This is probably going to sound rather high and mighty or something, but I relate a lot more to the characters and the issues in Christian fiction than secular fiction, because a lot of the issues in secular fiction seem superfluous to me. I don’t know. I guess it’s because the characters in Christian fiction go through life with a mindset that is closer to mine than the mindset of characters in secular fiction. (Question: is secular fiction even a thing? Am I making things up here? What’s the correct term for fiction that isn’t Christian?) I can relate more and understand their problems more, because their thinking is similar to mine.
4. It’s safe
Okay, now this one sounds really bad. What I mean by safe is that I’m comfortable reading it. A lot of secular fiction has stuff in it that makes me feel yucky and uncomfortable. And while I have come across that on occasion in Christian fiction, the tone and the message of it was different. (Although I’m intrigued. This was one of the major points that Opal made against Christian fiction, saying that a lot of it was inappropriate. Could someone give me examples of books that are like this? For the most part, other than a few bad kindle books, I haven’t really come across this.) Basically, if I feel comfortable recommending it to my mum (we read a lot of the same books) then I enjoy it more and consider it “safe”. There have been many more Christian books than secular books that have fallen into this category.
5. It teaches me more about God
Through reading Christian fiction, I get to view God through the eyes of many different people, both authors and characters. Hearing from the perspectives of all these people has shaped my relationship with God and taught me more about Him.
6. I enjoy it
This one is probably the most important on the list. I like Christian fiction because I do. We’re all wired differently, and we all like different things, and one of the things that I like is Christian fiction. If we all liked the same things, the world would be rather boring. Maybe the things that Opal said about Christian fiction are true. I’m not disputing that. But when it comes down to it, I enjoy reading it, and that is why I read it.
Well, there you have it. Why I enjoy reading Christian fiction. Any thoughts? Any recommendations for really bad Christian fiction that fits all of Opal’s categories so that I can see what you are talking about? Am I just a really naïve person? Does that matter? Am I asking too many questions?
Right. I think it’s time for bed.