Or at least one I fervently avoid in blogs/on-line discussions.
A dirty word to some and joyful enlightenment to others. I personally have alternative beliefs and leave it to that. Before I go any further in this conversation let me set out the rules.
There is no wrong or right way.
Please understand and respect the word OPINION.
I am NOT writing this for a theological debate. If you want that look elsewhere.
I met a person online via a forum where I posted seeking writing buddies and critiquers. This person responded that he’d love to help. I was delighted as most my reviewers so far have been female so another male POV would be very welcome. He was instantly hesitant when I explained that it was fantasy but still gave it a shot. He managed seven chapters and sent his thoughts. It was very visible that he really didn’t like fantasy as most his comments weren’t valid (as in he had obviously skimmed – his comprehension level was low). So I thanked him and reassured him that I wasn’t offended at all. I’m not. We just weren’t a match and that’s going to happen.
Then he sent through an e-mail explaining why he didn’t like fantasy as a genre. And wow was it an eye opener!
I won’t go into major detail but the short and skinny is he despises the attempts of authors (mere mortals as he put it) who attempt to create their own worlds when none can possible compare to this world which was created by God. How can anyone possibly consider attempting such an impossible feat was his question and the feeling of the e-mail was that it was practically blasphemous to do so.
I didn’t respond. Really how could I? It is his opinion and he’s absolutely entitled to it. But I was shocked. More than a few of you I’m sure believe in God – but does it stop you from allowing your imagination to soar?
I feel sorry for him that he has this view, though I know he doesn’t want or need my pity. But that would really suck in my opinion. Surely no matter your beliefs you can still have fun imagining things? How else would anything get created or made?
I don’t know about anyone else but this really threw me. It’s the first time I’ve ever come across it..