Presented below is a brief essay that I wrote on the subject of fiction literature.
A lot more could be said and written on this subject, and I would be happy to
discuss this further.
For example, let us briefly look at The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Speaking of the Ring, which has been given to Frodo to destroy, Tolkien writes: "'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo. 'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'" In this quote, Tolkien, using the time-honoured way of speaking real-world truth through fictional characters, thus gives great depth to the story, and subtly brings out the doctrine of God's sovereignty in the affairs of men as well.
You see, reading a story, fiction or not, is not just enjoyment. Whether we realize it or not, the author seeks to influence the readers minds. In the old myths, through middle age fables, down to recent fantasy literature, the real truth revealed through the created world, and in the hearts of authors, is exposed to those who read it. If we read with a discerning mind and a wise heart, we cannot but help read wonderful fictional and fantastical literature, gaining wisdom and insight, and courage and hope in so doing. May all such reading be to the honour of our King.
Written and Posted by William A Moore
*By 'God-honouring' I mean any fiction or fantasy, fable or myth, written by Christians or not, that teaches Biblical morality in a specific or general way.