(This script could easily be animated, with stellar voice acting and excellent costume work for cute bears, frogs, or perhaps dodo birds, all in a pastel coffee-shop setting. But it turns out those cost money. By contrast, your own imagination is free. Use it accordingly.)
Fredly: Hello, good to see you here. How are you doing?
Nicheolas: Um. Hi. I am fine.
Fredly: Pardon my intrusion, but I couldn’t help but notice you reading that novel. I love that novel.
Nicheolas: Um. What?
Fredly: I said I love that novel. I’ve read it twice since it released last year.
Nicheolas: You do? You did?
Fredly: Yes. I particularly enjoy how the author skillfully explores man’s sinful nature versus the imago Dei that reflects his Creator. I’ll never think of Genesis 2 in the same way again. The story and characters made me ponder for days. Such a beautiful work.
Nicheolas: Oh. Well, I liked it because it was fun.
Fredly: Yes. It was fun. But better than that. I haven’t felt that kind of joy from many books.
Nicheolas: What do you mean by “joy”?
Fredly: I mean an awareness of God’s beauty, goodness and truth in a story that makes me want to worship Him more. It’s the kind of happiness that comes with knowing Him. It comes from His true Story in the Bible, and also our stories, whether they’re real or made up. As C.S. Lewis said in his final Chronicle of Narnia, The Last Battle, “There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”
Nicheolas: Yeah. Well, I just liked it because it was “weird.” I love “weirdness” for its own sake. It also showed real life. The characters weren’t perfect and not everything ended perfectly. I wish there were more novels like this that don’t hide life’s nastiness.
Fredly: But there are more novels like that.
Fredly: Yes. You can find them on the internet. Many authors and websites already have that very purpose. Even better, you can talk with friends who love the same kinds of novels. Several of my friends at church could —
Nicheolas: I’m writing a book. Would you like to hear about it?
Fredly: What’s it about?
Nicheolas: It’s about a poor orphan who discovers that actually he is the lost son of the king and must defeat a fantasy world’s villain according to ancient prophecy. He can talk to animals, too. And he has a magic sword. If you’ll wait a moment, I’ll go out and retrieve my boxes of notebooks. They fill the trunk of my car.
Fredly: Well. That sounds interesting. Have you looked at other books that are already published?
Nicheolas: Yes, I think. I was reading this one book that brought you here. In fact, that’s another reason I liked it. It gave me so many ideas for my own book. It’s an inspiration.
Fredly: I thought you said you liked it because it was fun.
Fredly: Well, you said it was entertaining to you. It sounds more like you’re bringing your work into it. Before you can write a book, shouldn’t you try to enjoy another person’s story for its own merits?
Nicheolas: Do you want to read my book? We could form a writing group.
Fredly: I think I have read a book like that. Or a few of them. But I was about to ask if you wanted to join a reading group at my church. We’re going through a classic fantasy written by a famous Christian author that redefined the genre, entertains, and moves us to worship.
Nicheolas: I don’t know. I stay pretty busy.
Fredly: At what church are you a member?
Nicheolas: No one else at my church likes fantasy. I’m the only one.
Fredly: What do your friends say about the novels you love?
Nicheolas: I don’t talk about them. No one there likes fantasy.
Fredly: Then how do you know? Yes, many Christians dislike fantasy and speculative stories for wrong reasons. But sometimes we can blow that problem out of proportion.
Nicheolas: I think that when publishers find out what an amazing writer I am and my book is published, with a dazzling cover and movie rights fought over by Stephen Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Michael Bay, then Christians will wake up to fantasy.
Fredly: I think maybe they already are. Now I begin to wonder who’s really asleep.
Nicheolas: By the way, I’ve been thinking of starting a website about stories like this one. I haven’t seen anything like that now, even though I searched the entire world-wide web.
Fredly: The internet already has dozens of such websites. Maybe even thousands. They have author interviews, podcasts, book reviews, and everything.
Nicheolas: I think I will start a website like that myself. I’ll do what no one is doing.
Fredly: People are already doing this. Why not join with them?
Nicheolas: I would prefer not to.
Fredly: That makes no sense at all. You seem to want to be a lone hero.
Nicheolas: I think the best stories are about lone heroes.
Nicheolas: Do you want to read my book, or not?
Fredly: Sorry. I do not want to interfere with someone’s lone-hero mythology. Have a niche day.