Divergent = Derivative

The claim of the title of this post is the most blatantly obvious observation you can make when it comes to YA fiction these days. Walk the shelves at Half-Price books and you’ll see a million vampire fiction series, a half million dystopian books, and a few original ideas. This doesn’t mean that some of the authors of these series are bad writers. It simply means they’re caught up in the wave of publishers trying to make a quick buck on knock-off franchises.… Continue Reading

The Death of Biography

I’ve recently begun an excellent biography of one of my favorite writers (if not my favorite): C. S. Lewis. Specifically, the bio is Alister McGrath’s “C. S. Lewis: A Life.”

Now, I’m barely a 10th of the way through the book, but I was struck by the detail and the accuracy of the narrative. Most of these details, like with many great biographies, are gleaned from Lewis’ personal letters (correspondences with family and friends) and diary. And this simple fact got me thinking about the future of biographies.… Continue Reading

Reading Stories, Truth, & Harry Potter

Good day to you wonderful people! I am in the midst of writing the first of a series of posts on parenting (reflecting on some of my favorite books on the subject). But rather than rush through the composition of my first parenting post, I thought I’d take a brief moment to commend to you the reading of fiction.

(Good) Story, Movies, Etc.

Story (or the telling of stories) is central to how we understand the world. Many of us who are fluent in evangelical Christianese are far more familiar with the didactic letters of the Bible and not so much the narratives (i.e.… Continue Reading