Suspense with a Message?
Again, thanks to all who commented. This is turning out to be a great and enlightening discussion. Let’s take a new turn with it and go where it seems there are a lot of varying opinions and convictoins: the Christian message behind suspense. A hot button for sure.
Let’s face it, there are a lot of “Christian” suspense novels out there that really have no Christian theme or message to them at all. Yes, they are absent the cursing and sex and, for the most part, gore of their secular counterparts, but to call them Christian is really stretching it. I know this is an area of differing schools of thought, but really, let’s call it what it is and what it isn’t. No shame in that.
Here’s what I’d like to hear from you:
1. What is your opinion on this trend? Christian publishers putting “Christian” fiction out there that has no Christian message. (We don’t need to name names; this is isn’t about bashing anyone, just discussing). And what do you think the impact of this is on the industry as a whole?
2. Why do you think this trend has grown in recent years? Is it driven by fear, by sales, by what?
3. Would you rather read a good suspense book with no Christian message or one with a solid message?
I have to tell you, as an author I find it much harder to craft a story of suspense that has a Christian message than one that doesn’t. I have a lot of stories in my head and would not be hard-pressed at all to just write the story as it is, but to weave a message of hope or redemption or salvation and point the reader to Jesus through the story is a much more difficult task, it takes the story crafting to a whole new level.
What do you think?