The Need for Invading All Genres

All of the genres have a proper use. Each can tell true and beautiful stories.
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I was talking with a bright, literate, faithful Christian last night about some of her favorite novels. She held up one and said, “You’ve got to read this! It’s exactly the kind of story I love. A sweeping life portrait that covers two generations of a European city!”

That is exactly the opposite of the kind of story I like. I will probably read it (because of how much she loved it), but I like small character studies. Moments, details, minutes and hours of existential crisis. Micro-communities and sub-societies pull my chain.

It’s the same with jokes. I like wit and wordplay. I have friends that love acerbic satire. Others that love absurdism.

But which is right? That’s not the question. Every one can be done well and used properly. But Christians have a tendency to confuse their taste with moral judgement. “I like this kind of thing and here’s why it is the correct moral position.”

But the truth is, all of the genres have a proper use. Each can tell true and beautiful stories. Faith-based isn’t a genre. Every story is faith-based. The only question is which faith.

And until Christians are working in every genre, legitimately loving their genre, salting it with the yeast of Christ’s kingdom, we won’t see the glory of new genres and new storyforms being born.

That is why LOOR.TV is willingly pushing the Christian artists working in all of the genres. We want to see great, true storytelling flourish. We want to see the worldviews that push for art-limiting, anti-freedom wokeness chased from their places of influence with torches and pitchforks.

The Christian author of Beowulf adopted the epic. Dante transformed the epic. Milton perfected it.

Lets do the same with the film genres!