20 July 2010

A note on Harry Potter

There has been some talk on the blogs about the Harry Potter series from people who honestly want some input. The themes of these books is love, loyalty to friends, and standing up against evil to do what is right, even if it will cost your life. How could anyone object to that?

Some people are confused about the wizarding world Harry belongs to. Here's my take: In these books, where so many wizards and witches gather, technology cannot function. This was a stroke of genius on the part of JK Rowling. The result is that all the characters are free to be human. What is about to sink us as humanity is runaway technology which exists, not to make our life better, but to make money for investors. Joy in life comes from relationships, not things, and sacrifice when unavoidable.

The Lord of the Rings also deals with these themes. Both books are wonderful reads for any reader willing to tackle them. The movies of both are for people who can stomach some strong scenes, that is, not for everyone.

Whether teen fiction, young adult, or Christian fiction, these are great books. When I decided to write my Angela series, I opted for something much smaller and brighter, to be different and not try to compete.

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16 July 2010

Angela Doesn't Have it all Together

Angela 1: Starting Over is classed by default as a work of teen fiction or young adult fiction (YA fiction) because the main character and her friends are of high school age. Some may think of it as Christian fiction because of certain underlying themes and symbolism. But I hope the book transcends all these narrow categories so it can offer something to everyone who likes to read a good work of literature. My readers will determine whether I have been successful.

I really need to explain that Angela is not perfect (no one is) and that she doesn't "have it all together." Sure, she's mature beyond her years. Maturity has a whole lot to do with personality, upbringing, and what you do with what life throws at you. Some people never grow up. As adults they are still insecure, self centered, and inconsiderate. Some people gain a great deal of maturity very young. Most of us are somewhere in between.

Angela avoids a lot of trouble because she does not want to be controlled, whether by drugs, by responsibilities of relationship that even adults have difficulty with, by authority figures, or by peers. This independence of thought and action leads to a great deal of other kinds of trouble, though. If you challenge entrenched interests by calling on them to act with integrity, all the power they have will come crashing down on you. Angela naively thinks that the world is straightforward and simple. As teenagers we often think we have the world figured out. Her growth will come as she discovers how complex (and at times evil) the world can be. This discovery will shake her to the bottom of her flip-flops.

All this will come out over the three books. I hope you really enjoy them and I welcome your comments.

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