Biblical Fiction or Biblical Fantasy

The truth about Biblical fiction is that those of us who write in this genre generally believe the Bible. I say generally, because over the years I have read books supposedly in this genre, but the writer has taken a person, or part of the Bible then write a version of their own.

Biblical fiction or Biblical fantasy

I like Biblical fiction and have learnt a lot from good Biblical fiction writers. In the story there might be a character or a few of them who are not named in the Biblical narrative, but the plot line follows the Biblical narrative.  On the other hand, to readers like me, Biblical fantasy takes a person, or situation and then uses it as a base for his or her own version. For readers like me this is more than disappointing.

How to tell if it is Biblical Fiction or fantasy

First to find it.

  • Go to Amazon
  • Find books or Kindle in the drop-down list.
  • Type in Biblical Fiction 
  • Choose a book from the list
  • Read the ‘blurb.’
  • Download a sample if you are not clear from the ‘blurb.’
  • Scroll down and read the categories it is listed in. (In Product details.)

Here are two examples of Product details. One is a by a Biblical fantasy writer, the other is by a noted Biblical Fiction author.

Listing for Biblical fantasy

Under the ‘Best Sellers Rank’ section you will see the categories the book is listed in.

Then you choose what you are interested in.

As an award-winning author

My aim was, and is, to tell the truth of the Bible in a way that brings the people to life. 
This led to months of research, in fact –years. I am still researching, checking facts and comparing articles, Bible studies, and sermons from different sources.

I receive many newsletters offering me ‘tricks’ to have my books ranked more highly on Amazon. In many cases this is listing the books in wrong categories to make them near the top. I prefer honesty.
The Apostle John Series is Biblical fiction based on fact. Yes, there are characters in them that are not in the Bible, there is no record of the Apostle John having had a family. However, all the events are from John’s writings. The books were written with the Bible open on my desk.

You can find a list here.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Susan+MB+Preston&i=stripbooks-intl-ship&ref=nb_sb_noss

The Novellas

Side stories of fictional characters in the books of the series. Not Biblical in themselves, but cover the themes and characters.

I enjoy good Biblical fiction, but each to his or her own taste.

This is been part of a short series of blog posts on Accuracy in Biblical Fiction, and research.

It is my hope that it has been helpful.

God bless

Susan

2 thoughts on “Biblical Fiction or Biblical Fantasy”

  1. Hi, Susan. Helpful article. Many people don’t understand Biblical Fiction, which I write. My debut “Rain” released 3/5/21 and is based in I Kings 17-19. My method is that the Bible is fixed truth, and I treat the Bible story in much the same way a Historical Fiction author might include facts from World War 2, for example. Then I imagine a plausible story that fits in with the Biblical facts. Check out a sample if you’re interested. I also offer a free novella if you sign up for my newsletter at https://danamcneely.com

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    • Hi Dana. You sound as though you approach your writing as I did for the Apostle John Series. I have downloaded a sample, putting into practice what I wrote here. (Had a dreadful experience of Biblical fantasy recently.) Look forward to reading it… and buying it after the sample.

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