Re: It's a little more subtle than that...

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Posted by Patrick on June 01, 2006 at 03:45:35:

In Reply to: It's a little more subtle than that... posted by Genia on May 31, 2006 at 20:39:09: mom used to buy me religious fiction books (even some religious-themed fantasy books) when I was a teenager...some of them actually weren't bad reads, but most were just....well, how do I say this nicely? Sanctimonious and entirely too predictable. The sanctimony was by far the worst part. I can't stand preachiness of any kind in fictional literature, which is the main reason I really didn't really like Child of the Prophecy even though I really liked the first two Sevenwaters books; it was just way too "Christianity is bad for the Earth blah blah blah" at the end and it turned me off.

Heavy-handed stuff that tries to impart "lessons" is just silly. There was a book I read once called Solar Flare in which everything electronic on earth suddenly went kablooey and the only people who survived were the Amish and those who learned to be like them and adopted a very narrow form of "Evangelical" Christianity. Everyone else on earth basically died or descended into godless anarchy. It was so preachy and blatant that it was not at all an enjoyable read (I finished it just to please my mother).

Gah. I'm all for religious people wanting to tell others about their faith (or make them question it, on the other hand), so long as they don't say "you have to do/not do this or you'll go to Hell" (which I hear all too often locally), but fiction? It just doesn't work.

As for the quality of the writing itself, I am inclined to agree. I don't mean to be arrogant myself, but it seems like some of these authors never took a proper English course in their life. I hate to sound condescending, but it's true; I have little tolerance for bad writing. From my own experience, it almost seems like the authors or publishers were thinking "it's all about the religious message, and as long as the message gets through we don't care what it looks like." Ugh.


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