In Zachary Totah's article "On Behalf of Young Christian Readers Who Don't Want Clean, Unrealistic Stories," posted on the August 8, 2017 edition of Speculative Faith, he says,
"Don’t give us stories filled with characters peering down from their ivory towers, removed from the struggle and mess and brokenness of living in a fallen world.
Rather, give us stories with real, raw, vulnerable people. Who deal with hard situations. Who live in realities where life beats them down and doesn’t always work out as planned. Stories that aren’t afraid to use fantastical elements."
"And that’s exactly where stories by Christians enter the picture. If they can stop the obsession with making sure nothing offensive, scandalous, or challenging gets within 100 feet of the storyline, they can offer hope.
They don’t live in a timid, perfect world that can’t emphasize the brilliant light of Truth because it refuses to acknowledge the darkness plaguing the world and the characters themselves. They live in stories where rough things happen. Where characters make big mistakes and there isn’t always a clear right answer."
So, what do you think? Is there a place for edgy fiction dealing with tough topics that uses realistic language (read: swearing) in Christian books? Or do you think Christian authors should steer clear of controversy and language? Let us know both what your opinion is and why you hold it.