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For the most part, I have found Christian Fiction to be the same, for as long as I can remember. I think it is changing, but like everything in publishing it takes FOREVER. I never really see any reality of the world into christian fiction. Abuse—in several forms, wars, shootings, ect. While fiction in the 1990s and early 2000s are extremely tame, I have seen more books within the last several years, that are "clean", but are starting to write about these sort of topics. I know that many Christians, want a wholesome story, with a near perfect characters, and perfect ending. The truth of the the world, even in the Christian bubble as some of you have mentioned, is messy. There are sins that affect Christians, just as much as non-believers. Wouldn't you agree? Why don't we write more about these subjects? Why don't writers write about the journey of a porn addiction, or former gangbanger, a WWII skirmish, where a soldier makes a morally gray decision. Idk...I think Christian fiction needs a dose of reality. 

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On 10/30/2021 at 6:49 PM, Jeff Potts said:

I've been watching quite a few interviews with Doug TenNapel

Doug TenNapel wrote two of my favorite graphic novels, CREATURE TECH, and BLACK CHERRY. Both are weird genre books with a redemptive element, the former Sci-Fi / Weird, the latter Hardboiled / Weird. Neither would fit comfortably in the 'Christian' genre. Both are of interest to normal people, which, as I understand it, is a primary focus for Christians.

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I have to agree that there's a lot of 'Christian Fiction' that seems, well, tame.  Most of the ones I've picked up and read the back seem to be very standard romances.  Guy meets girl; girl isn't a Christian; guy embarks on a mission to get the girl to accept Christ.  Or the reverse.  Although, I admit, I enjoyed Dee Henderson's O'Malley series.

 

On the flip side, one of the best quartet's I've ever read is Karen Hancock's Legends of the Guardian-King.  I learned a lot about how to 'reinvent' the gospel to be fresh and exciting.  I don't mean that she rewrote the Good Old Story, but it took me most of the first book to figure out all the different groups and players in the world she created.  Ironically, a group that was initially presented as the bad guys turned out to be the in-universe Christians.

 

I would love to see more fiction like that or along the lines of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings.

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