Being a Christian, people might assume that my Fantasy writing is preachy. Or is for children. Or that I’m writing just for Christians and no one else. And may assume that I write “Christian” Fantasy.
I don’t write “Christian” Fantasy. I just write Fantasy.
I read C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and The Pilgrim’s Progress growing up. All of these Fantasy novels are great pieces of literature, however I wouldn’t say that they are Christian, knowing how many people of different beliefs enjoy these books. (Even though you can find all of these books in Christian Bookstores everywhere.)
My job as a storyteller is not to preach at you. It’s to tell the stories itching to come out of my brain, and onto the page. I’ve read novels where the author goes on mini rants, when they say they are Christian Fantasy writers. And this always happens when they tell themselves they are writing to convert people. If you write thinking that way, the story will suffer, and not even Christians will want to read it.
As with every writer, my personal beliefs show up in everything I write. (Stephen King is also Christian, but no one says he writes “Christian” Horror. Yet, his beliefs shine through in everything he writes.) But, I’m writing for all people who like Fantasy. You can analyze my books and short stories, and find Christian symbolism, that’s great. But that’s not why I wrote the story. Symbolism is relative to whoever looks for it.
When I was in public school I remember being told by the teachers to find the symbols and themes in a story. From Elementary to Jr. High we had to find the same exact themes the lessons told us there was. The symbolism and themes we found were OK, but they weren’t the answers according to the teacher.
When I switched to an online private school, it wasn’t until then in the literature classes where we were asked what themes and symbols we noticed, and were graded on how well we articulated what we noticed.
In my upcoming book Blade of the Broken, the main religious system is monotheistic. Meaning there is one God, not multiple Gods and Goddesses. And of course, like with most Fantasy novels there is also an Evil being. The religion is very similar to Christianity, because the religion I know the most about is Christianity. And the morals in the tale could be called Christian. Heck, even people of different faiths, like Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and other groups might find symbols and themes they agree with, or interest them.
As a reader of Fiction what do you think? Is there such thing as Christian Fantasy?