There was recently an article in the Deseret News that talked about the author’s feeling of shame at reading and liking LDS fiction. She was embarrassed for her friends to know she read it and felt she should be reading more “weightier tomes.” (She's an English major). She never puts any LDS fiction on her Goodreads shelf (for fear of what others might think of her?) and, as she put it, “LDS fiction is like the mac and cheese at a grown-up buffet.” Although she liked LDS fiction, she thought it wasn’t very literary.
I was a little surprised.
I mean, I know LDS fiction has a stigma attached to it and that some people still believe that it is merely conversion stories or sappy stories. (And you can probably still find those out there.) But, for me, LDS fiction has improved by leaps and bounds over the last ten years and I find the stories available to me now are just as good as some nationally published books. The only difference is, in an LDS fiction book, I don’t have to worry about any language or other scenes popping up that I would prefer not to read.
For me, if I want a great mystery book, I immediately think of Stephanie Black, Josi Kilpack, or Jeff Savage who give me mysteries that curl my toes. And if I want a great suspense I’ll reach for the latest Traci Hunter Abramson or Jennie Hansen. My go-to historical romance authors would be Sarah Eden or H.B. Moore, I mean, there’s something for me in every genre that I am interested in---quality authors who produce quality stories. I don’t get the idea of people being ashamed of that.
Is LDS fiction a “guilty pleasure” for you? Do you tell other people that you read it? If not, why not? I’m truly interested in knowing.
And, if I may, who are your favorite LDS authors these days?
(If you’d like to read the entire Deseret News article that prompted this blog, click here.)