What in the world is Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday? Well if you read this post, you'll find out!
I am always interested in how Christians feel about speculative fiction. It seems to me that evangelical Christians generally (NOT ALWAYS) like to look things in very black and white terms and have everything grounded in reality. Speculative fiction by definition is not grounded in reality as we know it.
According to wikipedia, "speculative fiction is a fiction genre speculating about worlds that are unlike the real world in various important ways. In these contexts, it generally overlaps one or more of the following: science fiction, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history."
How do you feel about speculative fiction in general and specifically how do you feel about Christian speculative fiction? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you see to Christian speculative fiction?
I find that a great deal of Christian speculative fiction deals with spiritual warfare. I'm going to be honest here and say that is probably my least favorite kind of Christian fiction.
This may seem strange to my readers since I enjoy vampire stories, werewolf tales, and other clearly fictional things. But for some reason, fictionalizing spiritual warfare has never worked for me. It bothers me to have all these weird manifestations and kinds of demons and then try to make it all realistic by battling it with prayer. It's not that I don't think there are demons...there are...it's that I think some circles of Christianity have sensationalized it a great deal and almost given this kind of spiritual warfare it's own throne. I remember being at a friend's house and they told me about a book and some stories in it, and some demons that could shapeshift humans, etc. I was freaked out, and started to do some research. It didn't take long to uncover that this book was a complete fraud. Yet, all these well-meaning people believed it and opened up their lives to that kind of fear.
I think it's hard to have an overtly Christian story in that kind of speculative fiction. I think you could still tell, for example, a powerful beautiful and redemptive vampire story without ever naming Jesus. But once you decide to bring Jesus into it, the vampires pretty much have to be demons for it to work and then you have this fake sort of realistic demon and it all falls apart.
So anyway....other than that, I really like speculative fiction, but I think it's a genre that still needs growth in the Christian market.