Friday, May 22, 2009

Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday: Stop with That Already!

What is this? you ask. Read this post to learn all about Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday!

Today's Question: A lot of us are reviewers which means we consume books at a rate that blows the minds of others. As a result, we might start seeing the same thing over. and over. and over.

What are some cliched phrases or plot devices in Christian fiction that you'd like to see go? (by the way this was inspired by a conversation on Twitter with Deborah

My Answer: Mine is a really really popular scene that takes place in a lot of Christian fiction, where the protagonist goes to church and feels like the sermon fits in perfectly to their lives was tailor made for them. To be honest, I find myself sort of, um, skipping over those parts. I do like to see spiritual growth in the characters but I think there are a lot more creative ways to demonstrate that and bring it out. In fact, in my own life I can only think of one time a sermon had a direct impact on my actions. Mostly, it's through relationships with other people and my small groups that I get really challenged. And yes, of course, in my personal Bible reading and even reading books!
(Please note: This is not meant to be an attack on any author or book, but a way for us to encourage our wonderful authors to improve)

Your Turn

What are you tired of seeing over and over again?


Deborah said...

totally agree with you. i swear it happens EVERY single time someone goes to church!! i sometimes skip over sermons too in books. my pastor doesn't give out straight monologues, those bore me.

Marvin D. Wilson said...

LOVE this one, Amy. And I swear I already had my answer BEFORE I read yours, which is almost exactly the same. Mine is explained a bit different, but the same old same old factor is identical. :)

Amee said...

I agree with you about the sermon thing. It can seem contrived at times.

Sometimes I feel that the bad stuff that happens in Christian (Amish fiction is probably best known for this) fiction. It seems like so much! I just want them to have happy endings so it's hard watching one bad thing after another happen sometimes.

sherrinda said...

I have nothing new to offer. I skim the preaching too and feel like there are much better ways to strike the heart with conviction. Great post!

ladystorm said...

I have to agree with you too. It seems like most of my problems others have aready commented on.

rachel said...

i had fun answering this question.

I am sick to death of authors who sacrifice quality to submit three or four books a year. Tracie Peterson being at the forefront of my mind on this.

I also fail to understand the genre's obsession with Amish romances and the Colorado ( or Yukon) Gold Rush.

What is that?

Also books that are proposed as humorous yet, instead, are just a series of amusing anecdotes ( like Cathy Marie Hake).

Janet said...

Thanks so much for doing this one. As a Christian author, I'm reading everybody's contribution to make sure I'm behaving. So far, so good. :o)

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