1. notleia says:

    Tangent: Heck, I’d read a story about Hwin as Boss Mare. I don’t think “repressed” is the right word for Hwin, but Lewis didn’t really bother giving her much of a character, which is a pity. It’s pretty light criticism for Narnia, tho; Ana Mardoll is a lot meaner/less forgiving.
    Also this isn’t a Natsume Yuujin-cho review, the sixth season just started and I haven’t gotten to gush about the earlier ones yet. Is it because it’s shoujo? It’s a lot slower-paced than your typical shounen, but it has a nice, calming atmosphere. I mean, if you had trouble explaining Pokemon to Grandma and her church lady friends, this isn’t gonna be any easier, but I can’t see either of my grandmas understanding why I watch cartoons at my age anyway.

    • Christian says:

      Yikes, yes. Ana Mardoll’s views on Narnia are crazy-scary. I think she was my first encounter with an SJW.

    • Autumn Grayson says:

      I sort of liked Hwin’s character. She was nice and timid and caring, and a softer being like her was good for balancing out other characters in the story, like Aravis, who is tough and cool yet has a kind side to her. Or Bree, who was kind but was more firm and tough by nature. It’s a little sad if people want to dismiss Narnia as sexist. Some characters say sexist comments, but the book itself contains many strong female characters, (If I recall correctly Lucy was said to go out into battle with the men) And I suspect these strong female characters went against the grain of how women were often perceived in some cases around the times these books were written. In a lot of ways it can be seen as pioneering feminism a bit.

      As far as Hwin not having much character development…Narnia wasn’t a super detailed book in that respect. A lot of characters didn’t get much development except for a few major ones, and I think that’s more about the style the series was written in.

      BTW, notleia, would you be interested in being a beta reader? I don’t have anything written complete enough for betas yet, but I’m trying to be on the lookout for possible beta readers.

      • notleia says:

        I’m game for beta reading, but I feel responsible for warning you that I can be pretty mean because of my SJW-flavored training in elitist literary snobbery. Let the buyer beware.

        • Autumn Grayson says:

          Alright, I’ll keep that in mind 😛

          Do you mind reading stories that have animals as the main characters(ones mainly aimed at teens and adults) or do you only like stories that center on humans or a mixed cast of both human and animal characters?

          • notleia says:

            I’ll probably read any of it, tho come to think of it the last wholly animal-centric story I read was Watership Down. Or maybe one of those Warrior Cat books that I don’t care for as much, but it’s not really because of the main characters being animals.

  2. Autumn Grayson says:

    All this is part of why I am going to publish my own stories, rather than try and leap through the hoops of secular or Christian publishing houses. And really, these issues aren’t directly a matter of whether someone publishes in the Christian Fiction genre or not, it’s a matter of where someone gets published or who they are trying to sell to. Plenty of my stories will be Christian fiction, but will still have violence, mild curse words, and deal with a lot of heavy topics.

  3. Eric Michael Heiden says:

    Definite food for thought.

    Your closing statement really speaks to me. God calls some Christian authors to the Christian market and others to the secular market, and neither calling is higher than the other.

    Thanks for writing this.

  4. Ralplh says:

    I’m an indie and I write Christian fiction. Four books on Amazon. My last book was the most fun I’ve had writing. The main character (an abused woman) denied there was as God, even calling him a murderer, and I got to rack up a body count(9). Then I got a nasty gram on FB saying that I couldn’t be a Christian because I wasn’t giving my books away for free.
    Your last sentence “Christian authors can strive to do both, in whatever sphere God has called them to serve.” was very freeing for me. In my ‘real’ world people question God, deny him, and bad things happen to good people. It seems to me that current Christian Fiction is usually so often removed from reality. People don’t just become Christians just because you said “Jesus Loves You”. There’s a process and it’s often times painful. My fiction world reflects a lot of my life (sans body count). I’ve seriously been thinking about not writing Christian Fiction any longer if only because the longer I’m with it the more disappointed I get with it. I think I can write a decent secular fiction and still maintain my faith.

What do you think?