Why I want to put Wholesome back in Fantasy Stories

When I was growing up I devoured tales of true heroism that demonstrated the growth of western society from Judeo-Christian values. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Pilgrim’s Progress, even mysteries like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. What has happened since then?

On my book touring travels I cannot tell you how often school teachers and parents were looking for wholesome fiction for their kids. Twilight was the big craze when I was on the road and some people were horrified by some of the content included in those books because they targeted Young Adult readers. I will not speak to Twilight in this post, but I do believe that authors have a responsibility to society to produce fun, wholesome fiction.

“You are what you eat,” is such a common saying. But it’s also accurate to say that “You are what you read.” If our youth are filling their minds with stories of gratuitous violence, casual sex, promiscuity, and vulgarity… what sorts of individuals would you expect them to become?

Books used to be filled with stories of chivalry, self-sacrifice, and self-discipline. Even through fiction young people can learn to be better people with stronger morals. And, very importantly, they can learn how to follow what is right instead of following the crowd. Tales of old were filled with stories of heroes and heroines who stepped back when confronted with temptation and evil. Those heroes and heroines said, “No,” and the readers said, “Wow! I vow to be like that so that I can live in good conscience with my fellow man.”

Thankfully there is a surge of this kind of fiction that is now coming. It will start with the Young Adult category and, I hope, grow into the Middle Grade and Adult fiction.

Question: What fiction books have encouraged you and made you a better person?


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Most obvious thing about me is how much I love reading and writing. This is truly my passion and has been for almost as long as I can remember. I know that sounds cliche, but it is true. Growing up in a conservative Christian home I learned to value God, intelligence, and life. I am always learning. I am a husband and a father of three young children. I love my family and my life. God is good and I attribute my success to His provision.

Great fantasy stories are a lot of fun. I write the stories that I want to read and am fortunate enough to have several published novels under my belt as well as more in the pipeline.

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6 thoughts on “Why I want to put Wholesome back in Fantasy Stories

  1. Pilgrim’s Progress was a favorite of mine as a child, too. Since the I’ve been greatly influenced by some of the classics. George Eliot’s Middlemarch used to be one of my favorites – I wanted to be just like Dorothea when I got older! :) And many of Dickens’ works have had a profound effect on me as well. Though Dickens didn’t write from a Christian point of view, his books have some deep morals, and a stark way of looking at wrong and right.

    • I haven’t read Middlemarch but I have heard of it. Dickens’ works never stuck with me. I always found him a bit morbid, but I will admit that A Christmas Carol (the Patrick Stewart version) is a must watch for me every Christmas season. So I must thank Dickens for that one!

  2. Hmm. I’d have to say “Perelandra” by C.S. Lewis. It’s the most recent. You probably get tired of me bring up Bryan Davis here, but I’m going to do it anywho. Bonnie Silver always seemed like the perfect example of a Christian to me.

  3. The Staff and the Sword are one of my favorite books. We see that the main character is flawed and makes mistakes. But he grows and shows what sacrifice is worth.