More Christians line up to condemn Harry Potter as the devil’s business… at Christian Today (not to be confused with Christianity Today.) While they’re at it, why not blacklist Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the tales of King Arthur, and Beauty and the Beast as well? Those stories are full of spells and unsettling magic. What would their response be to this news?
Whether using dragons, firefish or sword-wielding soccer moms, writers in the emerging category of Christian fantasy fiction are clamoring for a spot in the marketplace.
Fantasy fiction in general commands a large following and copious real estate in bookstores. But while Web sites and Christian writing conferences brim with writers working on Christian fantasy, publishers mostly are just starting to open to these new books.
The books may carry overt references to Jesus and Scripture – or simply an understated Christian perspective with clean content, positive role models and unambiguous depictions of good and evil in the style of C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien. Writers and fans use the term ”Christian speculative fiction” to include fantasy, science fiction or anything otherworldly.
By the way, even though the article mentions Auralia’s Colors, my story has very little to do with “Christian fantasy.” There are no “overt references to Jesus and Scripture.” It certainly isn’t “clean content.” I’m not sure my story offers “positive role models,” and most certainly does not offer “unambiguous depictions of good and evil.” The story of Auralia’s Colors has more in common with Pan’s Labyrinth than it does with This Present Darkness.