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The Left Left Behind (Outspoken Authors) Paperback – October 1, 2009
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In a delightful coincidence, I had read J.R.R. Tolkien's essay On Fairy Stories about the same time I read Bisson's parody. Much like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, LaHaye and Jenkin's series is fantasy. Granted, many Christians would argue the Rapture is real, but their support lies in their willingness to ignore reality, suspend disbelief, and have faith in a future supernatural event that is physically impossible. I'd say that is fantasy.
Tolkien addressed the willingness to suspend disbelief and described it as a prerequisite to enjoying fairy tales. An author, he claimed, must create for his readers a secondary world, outside their primary world (reality), where the audience can willingly suspend disbelief and accept as true impossibilities like: elves, goblins, hobbits, magic, wizards, and supernatural events. A good fantasy writer works very hard to create a credible secondary world for his or her readers in which these creatures and events can plausibly exist. LaHaye and Jenkins, however, skipped this creative step. They expect their readers to already believe in the Rapture premise, their secondary world. In essence, they use religious dogma in place of hard work, creativity, and talent. It is this cheap trick that The Left Left Behind book so rightly exposes and makes fun of. I applaud Bisson for his parody. It was needed.
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Terry Bisson is a great writer, but he's not terribly prolific, not like Sheckley or Dick. It's hard to imagine how Bisson can feed his cats on the little writing he does.