Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Breakthrough Fantasy Tour!

Those of us who write--and love to read--fantasy sometimes mumble about the sad state of affairs in Christian publishing. Far too many Christians seem to have something against fantasy novels, believing that nothing good can come from them, that they are, in fact, decidedly anti-God, anti-Christian--even pro-Satan.

I beg to argue. I'm good at arguing!

There are stories in every genre which fit that category, being fantasy has nothing to do with it. There are mysteries, romances, suspense, contemporary, even literary novels--the whole gamut--that are decidedly anti-God. Non-fiction as well. The genre is not to blame for the direction. Fantasy, in fact, has a unique opportunity. The genre often deals with broad themes such as Good Versus Evil--now where is there a better platform for providing a Pro-God message than that?

So when a CBA publisher grabs a good fantasy novel and runs with it, we should be jumping up and down and cheering. (**insert mental image here!) Even better when FOUR different publishers decide to go all out and promote their four fantasy authors with a no-holds-barred tour of the American east coast!

TA-DAAAA! There IS such a tour, and it gets under way in just a few days.

Here's the YouTube trailer for the tour:

If you've been following my blog, you'll notice a couple of familiar names in there. I'll be posting a bit more information about the tour over the next week or two.

Meanwhile, if you live anywhere from Nashville to Manhatten, check here for the schedule and see if you can't make it in to meet Sharon Hinck, Christopher Hopper, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Bryan Davis.

1 comment:

Sharon Hinck said...

What a fun post!
Thanks, Val!
And it's such a great point. The art form isn't inherently evil... various genres (and various art forms from music, to drama, to dance) have been used to convey truth in powerful ways...but have also been used to twist and distort truth.

I love to celebrate the vast variety of artistic vocabulary in the Christian community - and fantasy novels are one part of that vocabulary. :-)