Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival!
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I've been reading Christian fiction since I was around 7. The first Christian fiction books my parents got me were the Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard, the Sadie Rose series by Hilda Stahl and the Accidental Detectives stories by Sigmund Brouwer. Then when I was 8 (I know, I was young!) I moved on to Janette Oke and Gilbert Morris and I've never stopped since.
I've discovered that there are many Christian authors who rival those in mainstream fiction. I enjoy not having to wade through graphic violence, language or sex. I can handle some violence but not outright gore. Language is also something that I cannot deal with in a novel. I cannot understand why books will have every other word beginning with the letter f. It totally takes away from the story because it is distracting.
Christian fiction has grown A LOT in the past few years. People before thought it was just preachy, tame and romance. Now it has gotten really edgy, totally comparable to mainstream. That's why I get tired of people who put down CF without even reading one book. I also hate that CF gets lumped into one genre. I review Christian fiction because I want others to know about different authors. I want "safe" readers to discover edgy. I want little known authors to get known. I want non CF readers to get introduce to just as good as mainstream writers. I want to get the word out.
While they are the majority of what I read, I don't read just Christian fiction. I enjoy reading mainstream YA fiction and chick lit. I own almost every Red Dress Ink book that has come out because I enjoy reading that style of writing. While the topics are not the greatest, I also enjoy reading trashy YA lit for a quick read. Although I will admit I prefer Christian YA lit better because the genre is getting edgy and is comparable to mainstream. I'd say my library is probably 90% Christian Fiction, 10% General.