Tuesday, July 22, 2008

CSFF Tour - What about Dragons?

Here's day 2 of the tour focusing on Donita Paul's latest book, DragonLight.

I had a couple of responses to the "are dragons appropriate for Christian fiction" question. Thanks guys. My opinion fits in with both of the comments on this matter. Dragons don't have to be intrinsically "bad", as in never write about them. I don't imagine people running out to find dragons to hang with (except maybe this guy). It depends wholly on how the author uses them. A dragon could be an example of evil (such as Frank Peretti's The Oath - chilling!) or a force for good like in the world of the DragonKeeper Chronicles. Like Mark shared, God has given us imagination to use for his glory. And Robert made a point that God didn't make anything that was evil in origin - the evil came from choice. Dragons and fantasy in general can be used for evil purposes, but there's no reason a creative, imaginative Christian couldn't use them for good.

My other thoughts on this tour came from looking at the reviews and summaries of Donita Paul's books on Amazon. I wasn't sure of the plot and how dragons were used, so I browsed each of the five books on Amazon. I wanted to share this quote from the School Library Journal regarding her first book, DragonSpell:

As in C. S. Lewis's "Narnia" books (HarperCollins), Christian allegories and messages are clearly presented and easily found, but it is equally possible to read this as Kale's story as it happened in Amara, a world completely separate from our own. It would be a shame to limit readership by relegating this clever and inventive story to the genre of Christian fiction. There is plenty of room for sequels, and readers will want to know much more about Kale and the remainder of her quest.–Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA

Note the quote in bold - don't miss this series! Make sure to see the other tourmates for more...specific information on this book, like reviews and such.


  1. Excellent thoughts, Jason. Actually this topic came up in a part of Steve Rice's interview with Donita.

    I read someone on a discussion board who said just because Satan is called The Dragon in revelation doesn't mean a writer can't have a dragon in a work of fiction.

    BTW, CS Lewis also used a dragon, very effectively, as you might expect, in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.


  2. Telling a story about a good dragon is no worse than telling a story about a good Samaritan--- which was a very shocking concept at the time Jesus told it.


  3. Nissa, I had never thought of the comparison of dragon to Samaritan. Clever, very clever.

  4. Late to my own conversation. Nice point Nissa! Very insightful. Thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting.