Critical Views

You Don’t Get to Choose

You Don’t Get to Choose

In last week’s post, I talked about how each and every one of us sins, so we shouldn’t judge one sin greater than others or label certain people as sinners, because we ALL fall into this category. But, as promised, that’s not all I have to say about that. As I said last week, ultimately, […]

Hell Awaits You

Hell Awaits You

This image came across my Facebook newsfeed the other day. The friend who posted it is not a Christian, and so naturally mocking of Christians and jokes about Hell being cool ensued. After much deliberation I decided against commenting, to either explain or decry the things this sign says and how Christianity doesn’t say what […]

Christian Fiction Parables

Christian Fiction Parables

Last week, in my post When is Christian Fiction Not? I talked about  the lines between Christian fiction and secular fiction, and how more and more Christian speculative fiction seems to be cross-over, not really appropriate for the CBA market, but not secular enough for the mainstream market. Someone commented that back in the old […]

When is Christian Fiction Not?

When is Christian Fiction Not?

I’m a Christian. I write fiction. I’m pretty sure I don’t write Christian fiction. My first novel/series, Dying for Dragons, could probably fit in, especially as Speculative fiction has started to get a foothold. The main character is a Christian, and there’s a pretty consistent thread, even though there’s no gospel message or overt preaching. […]

Sympathetic Characters

Sympathetic Characters

A common trick to make readers sympathize with a character is to have them “pet the dog”. They do something tender or sacrificial that tugs on the reader’s heartstrings. This humanizes a character with distasteful faults. I remember reading a friend’s story where one of the character’s who’s on the “evil” side of things treats […]

The Bechdel Test: Not Just For Feminists and Filmmakers Anymore

The Bechdel Test: Not Just For Feminists and Filmmakers Anymore

Guest Blogger: Jennie Jarvis In 1985, Alison Bechdel featured the following passage in her comic, Dykes to Look Out For: While the above “requirements” of a movie worth watching began as a bit of a joke, it has since grown into a real Test used to evaluate the presence of women in a film. Keep […]

Is your charity toxic?

Is your charity toxic?

The debate over welfare benefits pivots around two points: the poor need financial assistance, and handouts make people dependent. The tension between these points—both of which are true—leads to a lot of ambivalence among voters, although politicians seem to have no trouble lining up on one side or the other. During last night’s meeting of […]