I’m posting today at Novel Rocket. Springboarding off of Rachelle Gardner’s recent, heavily commented-upon query, “Should We Label Christian Fiction?,” I’ve answered that with a resounding NO.
Here’s an excerpt from my article Why We Should NOT Label Christian Fiction:
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The problem I have in labeling Christian fiction is that the moment we slap a label on our books we are conceding a stereotype.
- If Christian fiction IS easily definable, then let’s label it.
- If Christian fiction IS “a 300 page gospel tract,” then let’s label it.
- If Christian fiction IS G-rated, family-friendly fare, then let’s label it.
- If Christian fiction IS NOT something “that anyone can access,” then let’s label it.
- If Christian fiction IS ONLY FOR CHRISTIANS, then let’s label it.
But if we concede that good Christian lit can reach outside religious circles, carry a biblical worldview without being preachy, and be enjoyed by “laymen,” then we should fight to keep our stories and authors from being burdened by a label that has, frankly, become dead weight.
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You can read the entire post HERE. Love to hear your thoughts about my conclusions.