Yes, I am a Christian.
Yes, I write Paranormal Fiction.
No, I don’t believe it’s wrong.
Wanna know why? Because it’s fiction. Never once do I say anywhere that I believe vampires, werewolves, and magic really exist. And you know what? If they did, God made them too.
I know there’s a rash of conservative Christians out there that make a big fuss about novels like Harry Potter and other magical fantasy stories. I’m not one of them. I read Harry Potter when I was in my pre-teen years. I’ve read hundreds of unrealistic fantasy stories before and since.
The part I don’t get? Christians LOVE C.S. Lewis and his Narnia adventures. Guess what? There’s a witch in that one. Yeah, she’s the bad guy, but still. There’s also talking animals. And they’re the good guys.
Tell me, how is it any different?
I’ve heard arguments about how Narnia is a symbol of Christianity. And I think it was designed to be that way. But it’s still got magic in it. So you can’t let your kids read Narnia and forbid them Harry Potter simply because it contains magic without being hypocritical.
So I write Paranormal. I write about magic. Death. Bloodsucking. Guys with their shirts off. Vampires. Werewolves. Broken families.
Because, in the end, it is fiction. And I for one firmly believe that God gifted me with creativity to be used. He doesn’t give gifts that he intends for us to put on a shelf as “unChristian.”
And yes, maybe I could write typical “Christian fiction.” But my brain doesn’t work that way. I don’t even like to read most of it because it’s a lot of preaching and somewhat bad plot lines. Now, don’t take this the wrong way because there’s some that I absolutely love. Take Bryan Davis for one. But it’s not me. And it never will be.
So I write Paranormal, because it’s what I love. It’s what I love to read. And I always wished there were more paranormal stories out there with less sex scenes to skip over or other typically ‘immoral’ junk. I don’t want to read soft porn. I just love vampires and werewolves and magic.
And that’s what my books are. There’s no sex scenes at all. And there never will be. There’s hardly any cussing either. Yes, there is violence, but isn’t that a part of life? Yes, there is death, but that too occurs everyday. And yes, my characters make mistakes. They learn. They’re not perfect, because let’s face it… neither are we.
So that’s why I write Paranormal Fantasy and why I don’t think it’s wrong, even as a somewhat conservative Christian. If we don’t meet people out in the world, how can we share the Gospel with them? If we don’t understand the things they like, how can we witness to them?
You don’t have to agree with me. But come up with a defensible reason to forbid Harry Potter and allow Narnia. Come up with a logical reason to set aside your God-given interests that you can explain to your pre-teen. Stop being a hypocrite and open your mind a little.
Or that’s just me.