Rocky, Rudy, Frodo Baggins, Lennie Small, Lisbeth Salander, Harry Potter, Oliver Twist, and many more…they are the underdogs. We always root for the underdog. The chips are stacked against them and the world mocks them, but we the reader know their struggle. Plot lines in underdog stories usually involve an understanding of the underdog’s shortcomings, initial defeat, growth and gain, followed by a second defeat, contemplation of surrender, and eventual victory. We associate our own shortcomings with that of the hero or heroine and reaffirm our conviction to never give up. Read the rest of this entry
DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in any way. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.
I am about to delve into a story that kinda really freaks me out. Well, I don’t really want to get into the whole story, per se. I mean it’s cool there was an angel hanging around and all but the part that has me wondering if the Bible really and truly, encased within its leather-bound Holiness, just does not dig masturbation. Now before we get on our high horses, settle down – I’ve been disclaimered so technically, you can’t freak out on me for mentioning the Bible and masturbation in the same sentence. Read the rest of this entry
The Harry Potter series has been a source of both fan accolades and at the same time Christian rejection. Christian apologists have been wary of fully accepting Rowling’s works due to the use of spells, Wiccan practices, and humanist undertones that they believe are contrary to Christian principles. This begs the question, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, can there be a New Stories, Old Book theme in fiction literature that may run counter to Christian beliefs? Read the rest of this entry
Christmas morning is just around the corner. Children are reaching a crescendo of excitement anticipating the possibilities of their gifts. Parents on the other hand, are desperately trying to find more time in order to complete their holiday shopping. Whether you are a child or adult the act of holiday gift giving and receiving is a major cornerstone of society. The tradition of gift giving to celebrate Christmas, while not definitive, traces its origins back centuries. This longstanding culture has in turn made the act of exchanging holiday gifts a literary theme throughout fiction. Read the rest of this entry