As a disciple of Christ and a fanfiction writer, I have an interesting dilemma to solve. How do I write my stories so that I don’t compromise what I believe, yet still make them interesting for my readers? Do I mention my beliefs, and if I choose to do so, what way is best? When and where do I cross the line into sin when I write?
I’ll start with a universe I have ideas for but no stories in progress at the moment, having deleted my last ones for being against what I believe: Percy Jackson and The Olympians. This is an interesting situation because the Greek/Roman gods are real, and the main characters are them and their children like Percy Jackson, who’s the Greek son of Poseidon, God of the Seas and King of Atlantis. Most of Percy’s relatives are either demigods or Gods, with the sole exception being his mother who’s a clear-sighted mortal, meaning she can see through the mist and see that the gods are real. Obviously I have to respect this to keep the story in line with canon most of the time, but at the same time, avoid writing stuff which is inappropriate to me like homosexual behaviour, sex outside of marriage, murder, and other similar things. I have also have to deal with war, as Percy Jackson and his friends have fought in two so far according to canon (and as far as I know, the second war is still not yet over). The only thing I don’t know how to deal with is harems. I will have to talk to my church’s evangelist and my friend Emanuel before I get a clear decision on this, though I’m pretty certain that I will likely be ruling them out in any writing I do for fan fiction.
I’ll next deal with Pokemon, as I have lots of stories in progress here in this universe. There are two ways of looking at how this universe came to be:
- Pokemon and humans always co-existed together in this universe.
- Pokemon didn’t show up until after the end of a great and devastating war.
If I use the first option, then it’s an alternate universe to what we live in right now. If I go down the second road, then it’s in our universe, but the future in which case I have to assume Christianity and other religions are likely still around and write them in accordingly. No matter what, the same rules as the Percy Jackson and The Olympians universe apply here, but if I can squeeze in a bit of religion, I will. I have plans for a bit of it to creep into one of my stories where I’ll have one of Ash’s older friends rebuke him sternly for having sex before marriage with multiple girls and not worrying about protection.
My third and final universe is Stargate, whether it be SG-1, Atlantis, or Universe – I have one story in-progress here that I adopted from another writer. This universe is pretty much our own, but with the Stargate being real technology and their being other intelligent beings out there other than humans. As two of the four main team members are from the military, I have to deal with the topic of fighting for one’s country and other such related matters besides the ones that I have to deal with in the others above. I guess my best shot here is to try and introduce religious references into the stories and to try and write it while avoiding writing about stuff which is clearly wrong.
This is how I deal with fan fiction and my beliefs in my writing. How do you deal with it? Let me know in the comments! Until the next time I post, take care!