Christian + Speculative Fiction usually = a confused look from many people. Christians who like to go to conventions? Cosplay? Write fan fiction? Or, even crazier: write Speculative Fiction with undertones of redemption and hope? Well, if you’re on this blog, then you’ll realize it’s true. And this year, I’m trying out an in-person meet up with like-minded individuals.
The Realm Makers Mission
To provide a faith-friendly symposium for writers and artists, focused on science fiction, fantasy, and all their sub-genres. Whether participating artists wish to gear their content for the inspirational or mainstream marketplace, they have a place at Realm Makers.
Towards this end, I am working like a busy little worker bee on materials (in addition to school duties). Aside from my modern fairy tale series, my other focus is an urban fantasy series set in an alternate universe earth with a number of original races that have lived alongside humans since the creation of the world. There are loose fairy tale elements from Sleeping Beauty, because I just can’t seem to get away from the fairy tales, but there’s a hefty amount of thriller, action, and suspense–and a lost princess who is definitely not lying down on the job.
Besides the world building and the plot, one unique concept is the protagonists, a married Christian couple. The book picks up a few years into their marriage. After the romance and after the drama — right?
Not at all. In fact, their marriage makes the overall plot just that much more complicated.
I was inspired to go for this after realizing how many stories that include romance are all about the “meeting” and the “lead up” and the “big kiss” or the “big wedding.” As if that’s the end and after that, you get a house and two kids and a dog. This goes against so many of the experiences I’ve seen with married couples, Christian and otherwise. God tends to have far more interesting plans than you could ever imagine.
Of course, it helps that in this case, the married couple is both working for a top secret international security agency. But throughout the series, their partnership offers plenty of humor, action, and movement to the plot–and proves that beyond the kisses and romance, marriage is also a really close friendship: a man and a woman working and growing together through all kinds of struggles for the sake of bringing honor and glory to God.
Or, as the Bible says:
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiates 4:12)
That sort of partnership is something I feel is missing in speculative fiction. Often writers either ignore the idea of romantic love entirely, or else focus on the “getting there” aspect, where the hero and heroine are separated by impossible odds.
What about you, out in cyberspace? Any recommendations of awesome married couples (Christian or non-Christian) in fiction–be it TV, book, or movie–where they are both three dimensional characters rising, falling, failing, and growing together? Or even getting into trouble together?