(Warning: I'm about to go on a crazy rant. This is just something that I've been a bit frustrated with lately, especially after reading a post about it on a blog a little while ago.)
"Christian fiction is not real literature."
"People who like Christian fiction are not real readers!"
"This book was good...for a Christian book."
"Christian fiction is trash."
I've heard people say things like this often. I'm sure you have too. The interesting thing about it? Most of the time, it's Christian people saying them.
Now, I know that there are some not-so-good Christian novels out there. It cannot be denied that a lot of them are cliché and - let's face it - pretty dang cheesy.
But here's the thing, and this is really important: Not all of them are like that.
It's not okay to hate on the whole genre. We shouldn't assume that just because there are a couple super lame ones out there that all of them have to be that way. I mean, there are lame books in every genre.
There are some wonderful, beautiful treasures in this genre. Sometimes you've just got to look a little harder to find them.
This year, I'm going to make an effort to seek out and read more Christian Fiction. In the past, I've avoided this genre because it seemed like all the books for teens were romance novels, and usually that's just not my favorite type of book. But recently, through other bloggers and through GoodReads, I've found out about some Christian books that sound right up my alley.
And now, because gifs express what words cannot, I present to you these gifs that represent my frustration on the matter of Christian-fiction-hate:
What do you think about this? Agree or disagree? I'd love to hear what you all think.
And, if you do read Christian Fiction, what is your favorite?