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27 December 2007 @ 06:22 pm
Help Please?  
I sort of have a problem with a new project I started.
The main plot of the story is an actual war between heaven and hell, angels and demons. The two sides are fighting for control of, well, the mortal world i guess? The problem with the idea is that it has a big focus on Christianity. Some people who have already heard the idea have told me that some people may not like the story because they belong to another religion, or the fact that it contains demons, and they are afraid that it will attract negative feedback. I've been advised to change the parts about Christianity and satanism (if thats what its called) and make up a totally fictional plot. That includes the two opposing sides, the reason for the conflict, everything, but stick to my plans for the characters and the events.
So this is my question to all of you:
Should I keep the Christianity, Or make up a totally new and original story with no religious connection??
I would really appreciate it if you would send a comment and tell me what you think.
Thanks =)
Si: trinity's old librarypolkadot_magic on December 28th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
My advice would be this:

You cannot please everyone with a book. Some people will like it, some won't. Some will agree with the themes and messages, some won't. If you write anything containing demons, magic, satanism, mythology, etc., you will have some Christian protestors. (Now, I hope no one takes offense to that. I am a Christian, but some people just can't accept written words.) As for members of other religions...well, I know many non-Christians, and I can't think that they would not read something simply because it involved Heaven, Hell, Angels, and Demons.

I would keep the Christianity, because if you change the forces from angels and demons to something else, the connection is still there and everyone will know what they symbolize anyway. It sounds like a very interesting plot that a lot can be done with, but I certainly would not censor for other people, especially if you write for the love of it and not for the approval of others.

Hope that helps!
hellz_angel_802hellz_angel_802 on December 28th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
That really is true, about what each side symbolizes. I am writing for the love of it but won't the approval of others play a part in the number of readers i attract?
Si: trinity's old librarypolkadot_magic on December 28th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Content will always affect how many readers you attract, who likes it, who says it's satanist. There is no way around that. Content will always turn someone away from reading a piece. But the people who can really appriciate art in writing will read no matter what. I think that you ought to write it as you want -- as it was meant to be written -- and see what happens. What will be will be, but you will have written something that meant enough to you to complete, and if one single person gleans something from it, than there is one person affected by your writing. (I know that's kind of...well, I know what it's like to want lots and lots of readers, but remember that it's stories that weren't altered to fit the politically correct times that lasted!)
hellz_angel_802hellz_angel_802 on December 28th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
I see what you mean now, and I'm becoming more and more convinced to keep the original story, thanks to you and others who have replied to this post.
Jill: manaphy egg gaspunowncafe on January 1st, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
hmmm? well i would say you could a write another version with no religious connection at all and after you read both of them over see which one you like best. Of course you can't please everyone so if you like it then well some people have to. ^^
hellz_angel_802hellz_angel_802 on January 1st, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Your the first to give an idea like that, and I think I might just try that =).