This is a Work of Fiction…
Apparently I am going to Catholic jail. Or purgatory. Or hell. Or wherever good Catholic -school girls who take it upon themselves to question, even re-write (the horror!) the biblical stories thrust upon them by well-intentioned, ruler wielding nuns, go. Of course it wasn’t really my intention to cause such controversy. Well, maybe subliminally. Torn was just a book I wrote and published that happened to be about fallen angels. And I wasn’t even writing it to include angels – that just kind of happened. Of course we’re all taught fallen angels are terrible creatures who questioned God. Well, what if some of them want to regain favor with the God who cast them out? What if Lucifer, Satan, Damien, Beelzebub – whatever you feel more comfortable calling him – wasn’t really the behind the fall? What if he was just the fall guy? What if he was, indeed, created for the sole purpose of housing the pain and suffering of others, thereby leaving him to live a life full of pain and sadness? And what if, he finally had had enough? In the sequel to TORN, Darkness Betrayed, that’s just what happens. But I’m the bad guy for questioning the original story. Right. Let me let you in on a little secret: It’s fiction. I don’t claim to be an authority on all things biblical. I. Write. Fiction. And people like fiction. People love fiction! I love fiction – nothing is better than falling into a world someone made up.
But, back to the issue at hand – building a fictitious world around the stories in the Bible. I just don’t understand why some people don’t think it’s okay to question beliefs. And not just beliefs – because I for one am certainly not questioning anyone’s beliefs. And I am sure none of the ladies involved in this blog are questioning the beliefs of others. We just rework the stories and characters found within the pages of the oldest known storybook. And who’s really to say I, or other authors, are actually blasphemous wretches? Maybe we, like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, enjoy a new spin on a story older than dirt. Because the bible stories are older than dirt, you know. They all begin with Genesis – when God created earth. And if, indeed, Jesus or God or whomever is all-forgiving then why can’t we have our turn? I say grab the proverbial, or literal, pen and paper and question for God’s sake! Of course, re-imagining a Bible story might get you in some deep trouble with your local religious humans. Don’t let that scare you. What are they gonna do? Ban you? Well, congrats. If you’re banned because of something you wrote, then you wrote it well enough to strike some emotional chord and for that I say “Bravo!” Write some more. Think it’ll piss off your local pastor that you decided Satan isn’t the devil we’ve been warned about? Even more reason to write it.
There is a place for it. And it’s called Biblical Fanfic. And I am so happy to be a part of it.
Posted on January 3, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Bible, biblical fanfic, Catholic, Christine Hughes, controversy, faith, fiction, Old Book, Torn, Young Adult. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.