Sunday, October 5, 2008

Defining, Discussing, and Setting a Personal Standard - Part III

Several years ago, I attended a Christian Conference. A friend and I were directed downstairs when we asked where we could powder our noses. What a sight to behold! We entered a world of Trekkies. Yup, these folks were in full costume.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy places like Disney World with people dressed like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the rest. I also know this is fantasy and not real life. For me, the problem comes when people get wrapped up in a make-believe existence and allow it to damage their relationships.

Fantasy and Sci-Fi can be a lot of fun as long as we keep it in that realm. I've watched my share of Star Trek, Disney, and similar programs. In recent years, my interest in this genre has waned.

What's your take on the whole fantasy, Sci-Fi area? Love it, hate it, don't care? I'm interested in your opinions.


Cindy Swanson said...

With the exception of "The Chronicles of Narnia" and the Tolkien books, I never was a big fan of the fantasy genre. But a couple of Christian authors changed that for me. Sharon Hinck's "Restorer" series hooked me completely...and then, I was blown away by Jeffrey Overstreet's "Auralia's Colors." Now I'm reading the follow-up to "Auralia's Colors"--"Cyndere's Midnight."

If the story is captivating and I can somehow relate to it, the fantasy genre is great. Hinck and Overstreet use it to highlight Biblical truth (Hinck more obviously than Overstreet, but the spiritual truths are still readily seen in Overstreet's books.)

It's when fantasy gets too far-fetched and the story is either boring or unrelatable that it loses me...

Jessica Nelson said...

I guess I don't really care. People lose themselves in all sorts of things, but the only thing that matters is losing ourself in Jesus (hope you know what I mean)
It's fun to use our imaginations but some people get a little weird to me. LOL I have relatives who paint their faces for football games.

Sarah said...

I got your book today. Thanks, can't wait to read it!

I'm not a huge fan of reading sci-fi, but I have seen every Star Wars ever made. And that's where my relationship with sci-fi ends...I've never seen Star Trek, and I've never read anything by Isaac Asimov. That's not to say I won't; I just haven't yet.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Cindy -

I've heard of "Auralia's Colors," but not "Cydere's Midnight" or "Restorer." When I think of fantasy and Sci-Fi, aliens and Star Trek come to mind.

Recommendations from other readers are one of the ways I make a book buying decision. Thanks for the input. I'll do more research on these authors.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jessica -

I saw a guy on TV, who spent $100,000 on Star Trek stuff. He spent so much time in the basement playing with it that it was wrecking his marriage.

I'm sure most people don't go to these extremes. However, when any hobby/activity takes precedence over relationships, a little soul searching is in order.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sarah -

I'm glad the book arrived. Enjoy!

I didn't even think of Isaac Asimov. Many years ago (I won't say how many), I read a book about people being shrunk, inserted into a tiny submarine, and sent through someone's bloodstream to cure a disease.

Susan :)