f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: No Need for a Magic 8-Ball

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Thursday, February 17, 2005

No Need for a Magic 8-Ball

I think other genres give us the best indication of what will happen to Christian fiction. Going back to what I wrote on Tuesday I think our chances for achieving a sun-shiny #1 are incredibly slim. Most likely, we will slip comfortably into #2.

However, my bet is that every now and then there will be a book that will emerge from the CBA that brings the spotlight over for a fifteen or twenty minutes of fame.

That’s how it is in other genres, right?

Graphic novels and comics seem to be getting their moment in the sun. Marvel seems to churning out crappy movie after great movie after crappy movie. Big names like Frank Miller and Alan Moore are seeing their master-works readied for film. A few years back Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter sent readers scurrying to uncover other fantasy works…and found themselves faced with a century of writing to slog through.
Who knows what the next trend will be?

But it certainly can happen to Christian fiction. And certainly will. Some novel—Tim Downs’ Bug-Man or some midwest prairie heroine—will make it to the big screen in reputable fashion and magazine and newspapers will trip over themselves trying to learn about this crazy new genre. Something will flip a switch and we’ll bask/flop-sweat in the glory of bright lights. And then the next thing will emerge and we’ll go back to our corner sulking about how nobody pays attention to us.

The important thing, though, is to keep improving the products on the shelves so when the lights/camera/action comes we’re ready for our close-up, Mr. DeVille.