Why I Write What I Write: Part 2
I started this post last month, then realized I had so much more to say than space to reasonably fit it in! So here’s the rest of why I write what I write.
The other explanation for why my books are written as they are is that I feel the seemingly opposite elements make the story a “safe” place: this is clearly a fictional world, what with magic and supernatural creatures, so therefore it is not real, and there is no “pressure” to believe or accept what is written as “fact.” This is not a new concept. Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle used a “story” to express the scientific theories in his novel, Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds. In the preface of the book, there was a quote by Montesquieu, referring to Fontenelle: “One can say many important and serious things while joking.” He wasn’t wrong. Fontenelle’s predecessor, Galileo, found himself under house arrest for his suggestion of heliocentricity. But a century later in 1686, Fontenelle did not suffer such a fate. In fact, by writing in a less “scientific” (and therefore less threatening to common beliefs) style, his work was actually quite popular!
In a more modern example, the hit TV sitcom “Bewitched” was the first live action show to have a husband and wife sharing a bed together, which was unheard of for public television in the 1960s. But because the show featured “magic,” that meant it wasn’t “real,” and that made it okay. Being “fictional” meant that ideas and concepts (such as the implied “sex” from sharing a bed) that were not otherwise accepted or considered “appropriate” for public TV could be included.
And that’s where I’m coming from. I want to use my stories to share the truths that I’ve learned. These stories are fiction – not real. But they do expose some very real truths. I just choose to put them in an extreme setting in order to better display all that God can do. I do hope that within the tangle of magic and monsters and my faith, readers can find some element of that truth, and discover something real and pure that transcends such boundaries or distinctions.
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I have two passions: reading and writing. You can't write good stories without first reading good stories - that's my theory, anyway. So this is where I'll share with you the depth of those passions: background on what and why I write, as well as talking about the books that I read and how they impact my writing.