Prince Charming in Christian Fiction

So Rachel, while you are busy in Massachusetts doing things like starting that travel blog thing (gosh, Rachel, what is that about? I thought we had something special), I have been ranting as usual to a select few people. Do you remember that time when I confessed to you that I used to love Christian Fiction when I was a preteen and that turned into us ranting about the problems with Christian Fiction? Well I wanted to rant to you something a little more specific, the Prince Charming and the Princess concept.

The Prince Charming and the Princess concept is something I’ve observed after years of reading Christian Fiction. It involves an perfect princess for the heroine, who is beautiful, modest (but sexy), kind, sweet, loving, and rich, and a perfect prince charming for the hero, who is handsome, modest (but hot with muscles), kind, hard-working, intentional, loving, and rich. Of course these characters have their failings, they will readily admit that they mess up when the princess was briefly in a bad mood with her prince. The prince and the princess will each go through their own wrestling about whether they are actually right for each other or about their faith but in the end all of these wrestling are resolved like a tightly neat-wrapped package and the prince and his princess get married, have sex, and live happily ever after.

Now I realise that I sound a bit cynical so I should declare at this point that I don’t hate love or romance and in fact I like a little romance in my books. But I don’t like the depiction of men and women in these kinds of books. I don’t like how the women seem to be waiting or yearning for this godly man to come and rescue her. I don’t like how the men are like these mini gods who come down with their bulging muscles and who never seem to make the mistakes. Love, romance, or even marriage doesn’t look like this. This is not realistic. This is not even biblical. This is ridiculous.

Of course it would be extremely unfair for me to condemn the whole spectrum of christian fiction. It is entirely possible that I’m an grumpy cynic who just hates cheese of any kind.  If you ask me, I can recommend certain Christian authors who I have enjoyed and who don’t follow that line of rules. Unfortunately I have just read a lot of books who have that concept of prince charming and his princess and that has made me hate these kind of books. I’m just tired of reading about the ideal godly woman or the ideal godly man. I want to read about people who are human and who make real mistakes. They don’t just get moody every once in a while but they actually mess up. We need more down-to-earth characters in fiction, not ideals.



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