I truly mean no disrespect to Christians. We are all entitled to our beliefs and I respect yours. In fact if you've been reading my blog for awhile you will know that I recently interviewed Christian author Taylor Hohulin about his novel, Alpha, and the conflicts between religious beliefs and writing
fiction. I really respect his take on the situation.
That said, however, there is something wrong when you mislabel a book in hopes of converting nonbelievers to your religion.
There is a book (I shall not name the book or author in this post) that has been discussed quite a bit lately by some of my blogger friends. This book has been marketed as a paranormal/fantasy novel.
In reality it is Christian fiction - heavy on the "come to Jesus" indoctrination.
I have not read this book, and doubt the author would ever ask me to because my review policy clearly states I don't like Christian fiction. But two of my friends were asked to read it. They scored it relatively highly because it is apparently pretty well written, yet they were taken aback by the message and the misidentified genre.
They asked the author about it - about why she hadn't labeled it as Christian fiction. Her response was that if she had labeled it Christian fiction, it would be read by Christians.
Instead, by labeling it paranormal/fantasy she would reach the unconverted and hopefully convert them to Christianity.
What? Seriously - what?
My friends told her that what she was doing was wrong - that readers of paranormal/fantasy books weren't looking for conversion.
She laughed at them. She cackled all the way to the church (and the bank).
Now, had I been the reader of her book, I would have scored it low and blasted it for the bait and switch move that it is, but my friends are nicer than I am, and they didn't.
Abites, how do you feel about reading a book that has it's genre deliberately mislabeled? Have you had any similar experiences? Would you rate it based on the writing? Or the deception?