Thursday, 23 February 2012
Writer's Corner: Polite Conversation: Religion
They say that there are three topics you shouldn't talk about in polite conversation: sex, politics and religion. But you guys know by now that I can be pretty impolite sometimes so what the heck! Let's talk about it anyway.
I don't deal with politics in my writing. I find the whole idea pretty boring and am instantly turned off when anyone starts talking about it anyway.
I've already discussed sex (or my lack of ability to write about it) and let's face it, sex is a super hot topic in YA on any given day so I'll steer clear of that little gem this time.
And then there's religion. Let me lay some foundations first before I get into the dilemma I'm facing. I think religion is many things. Sometimes it's interesting, sometimes it's inspiring, other times it's rigid, exclusive and I don't think anyone can argue that it can be destructive.
I was raised a Catholic but have grown up into what I can only describe as Agnostic. It's not that I don't believe in anything, it's just that if there is a God (and by this I mean any supreme being and not the Christian god exclusively), I'd like to believe that he's cool and won't smite me for being too imaginative in my story telling. Because if he does and he made me who I am, well really...it's kinda his own fault isn't it? So as you can see, I am a pretty relaxed semi religious person.
I'm cool with some of the stuff the bible says, some of the other stuff not so much. I don't believe it's a true account of anything. I don't believe anything is a true account of anything anymore (thanks to Photoshop and other technology). I dunno, I just think it's good sense to be a bit skeptical about things these days. Other people are not. Said people have recently told me that they cannot support or promote my new story idea because it may possible involve retelling some things that may or may not have happened according to the Christian bible.
You see, my new story ideas as I think I've already mentioned, is about angels. Some are fallen (what's an angel story without them?) and some are not. I don't say anything awful about the Christian religion, I'm just using their skeleton for the base of my story. If anything, my book will help to promote what the bible is already saying. I personally don't see anything wrong with that, but I'm pretty biased. Besides, there are so many angel books these days, mine will be like a drop in the ocean. So I wanted to throw it out there and ask you guys. Do you get offended when you read a book about angels that doesn't match what the bible says? Would it put you off reading a book? Wouldn't Ben Barnes totally be hot as a fallen angel? (Bhahaha that one's just to see if you're paying attention!).
*On another note, it was very difficult to write this post without going into a bit of a cynical rant about modern day Christianity and organised religion so you guys should be proud of me!