Thanks to Amy for hosting!
Here is this week's question:
Christian fiction is generally known for being clean and non-offensive, but lately there's been a lot of chatter about edgy Christian fiction and the need for Christian fiction to be more realistic. Christian fiction has certainly changed and contains a lot more edge than it used to. This makes some readers uncomfortable and I was wondering what you line is? What would push the envelope too far for a Christian fiction novel for you? Language? Sex? Violence? Main characters who never believe in Jesus?
If you came across something that offended you in a Christian fiction book, how would you handle it?
I read Christian fiction because the books interest me. As a person of faith, I like reading how faith effects people's lives. However, if you look at my blog you'll see that I'm as apt to pick up as trashy sex-filled romance as the Christian version, so I can't say I'd be offended about the content of a Christian novel unless it misrepresented my faith. To see what I'd do about that, this afternoon I'm posting a less than flattering review of what could have been a great book--A Moment Between.
I guess what I'm saying is that I don't believe in censorship. I don't have a problem reading books with steamy sex scenes, but it isn't what I expect when I pick up something labelled Christian fiction. Also, life experience has shown me that Christians sin. Life experience has also shown me that many times people "get away" with sin, meaning there are no obvious adverse effects to them here on earth. To always have your main characters punished in some way for sin just makes your books unrealistic. Personnally I think bleeping out bad language is silly. If the bad language is needed to make the scene realistic, then put it in; if it is not, then leave it out.
Drop by Amy's blog and see how others handle this question.