Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Envelope: To Push or Not to Push, That is the Question

Read an excellent post today from CJ Darlington on the age-old issue of "pushing the envelope," or writing edgy in Christian fiction. Let me know what you think. I'll let you know what I think in my next post.


1 comment:

B.K. Jackson said...

I can't honestly say I've read any books that are labeled "edgy" so I can only go on instinct.

And to be honest, the term "edgy" Christian fiction sets me on edge (pardon the pun). Because every time I hear it, I think of the fact that in our society it is very difficult to distinguish the Christian from those who don't know the Lord as Savior. And I get the sense that "edgy" is just a further way to blur those lines.

By the same token, I don't think it's as simple as that. CJ mentions violence as an example. I admit, I find a lot of what I've read in CBA (focusing on 19th century American historicals) to be very low on action, which is going to encompass violence at least part of the time. Yet ABA books can often be too graphic and they are a turn-off.

So what if someone has a mind to write "edgy" Christian fiction who wants to strike a balance between the two?

I don't know what the answer is. We are to guard our lips (and by extension pens and keyboards too) 8-) And I would not want to confuse or mislead an unbeliever or be a stumbling block to a believer.