Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Do Christians Write Vampire Stories? We Certainly Do!
Some of the greatest writers of this millennium were Christians who left us a wonderful literary legacy. I'm happy to name giants such as, Paul Bunyan, Milton, the Bronte sisters, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Their works abound with creatures from mythology and the supernatural. For example, Bunyan's, Pilgrim's Progress probably wouldn't have enjoyed such success if he hadn't used well-known fairytale creatures of his day. It's a true allegorical fantasy. His imagination worked together with his Christian faith to produce a best seller.
The same can be said of Milton. Who would've ever thought to make the so-called Prince of Darkness, an anti-hero and spawn the current spate of angelic/demonic literature popular today?
Need I say anything about the Bronte's - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - who although devout Christians, gave us not only the dark, brooding heroes in Heathcliffe and Rochester, but hauntings and references to elves, fairies, sprites and witches?
And what about those literary demi-gods - C.S. Lewis and Tolkien? Their works stand alone. Where would we be without Narnia and its fauns, centaurs, the White Witch, talking beavers, minotaurs and noble lions such as Aslan?
Could any of us, now conceive a world without Tolkien? The Lord of the Rings is peopled by evil and good wizards, elves, orcs, hobbits, dwarves and unseen angelic beings and has even recently been named, Book of the Millenium!
I know this is just a cursory glance, but it serves the purpose - Christians do write fantasy and the paranormal, and yes, there's often romance, too. Even though I haven't specifically addressed the issue of vampires, they also come under that wide umbrella.What better way to see the dark side of human nature than a creature who is condemned to exist by living off the lifeblood of others?
Do they succumb to the darkness or spend their life fighting the urge to kill? Is there redemption possible for such a creature?
(I'm almost tempted to say something about politicians, real-estate salespeople and bank mangers here!)
So, the next time someone asks me why I write about urban paranormal romance, I'll simply rattle off a few names.
I'd love to know what others think. If you have an opinion on this, please feel free to comment - politely.
Posted by Tima Maria at 12:09