It’s been a long time since I read the book but I’m hoping to go see the movie soon.
Read Katherine Paterson’s interview in Christianity Today.
I particularly like her answer to this question:
How does your Christian background inform the story?
I think C. S. Lewis said that a book cannot be what a writer is not. Who you are informs what you write on a very deep level. You reveal yourself whether you intend to or not. So you don’t signal that you’re a Christian; you write the story as well and as truthfully as you can because that’s how you glorify God, and you have to be true to the characters and who they are and how they talk. If it comes from a person who has a Christian hope and a Christian knowledge of grace, then I think hope and grace are going to infuse my work—not that I put them in, but because I can’t help having them there.
This is the concern I have with a lot of Christian fiction – it seems forced – more like a Christian pamphlet than story.
What do you think?
Have you read the book? Seen the movie?