What constitutes fantasy that is good as opposed to fantasy that is bad? Is there a difference? Is there something about it that should make one hesitant from a Christian perspective, or are they all just good fiction stories? As Christians, we may sometimes be reserved when approaching the fantasy genre because different reasons. Too much unreality may not be beneficial, or maybe the magical elements are of a corrupting influence. Then, I have known other Christians who seem to practice no discernment, and devour anything because none of it is true so what’s the problem?
I first discovered author Gene Edward Veith while helping out in the church library. I still have yet to read his books, but a growing number of his titles are on my TBR list. I stumbled upon this article written by him, entitled Good Fantasy & Bad Fantasy. I thought it was an excellent piece that approached the subject in an well-rounded way. Though perhaps written a few years ago, it’s content is still classic for today’s audience as well.
What are your thoughts on the fantasy genre?