For some reason I can’t post in the CA book club forum, so I hope it’s okay that i ask this question here instead.
So, are they? I have read the first book, and I really liked the story. The second book is about good and evil, about how a demonic being, or even the books equivalent to the devil, called “the keeper”, tries to break out of “hell” and how the heroes are going to prevent it. However, I am worried I might offend the Lord by reading them because both the first and the second book, which I am currently reading, have some material which may not be suitable for Catholics. these are:
1). It’s elements of pre-martial sex and stronger love for another person than the books equivalent to “God”, called “the creator”. The books even portray detailed and sometimes explicit descriptions of persons “making love” with each other which often is the opposite of the Churches teachings. (In one of the chapters, there were even a shocking description of a beast raping a woman in an occult ritual).
2). The main protagonist does not want/do believe in “the creator”.
3). It contains occult magic and rituals, and worshiping of higher beings.
The third point bothers me the least, because I have played games and watched movies with occult magic before like Warcraft and Lord of the Rings and so forth. As far as I know, it hasn’t affected me in a negative way.
I should also say that the author of the books, Terry Goodkind, has some philosophical views which may, or may not be of approval to the Churches teachings. I will quote from Wikipedia:
While he acknowledges writing in the fantasy genre, he perceives his novels to be more than just traditional fantasy because of their focus on philosophical and human themes. Goodkind believes that using the fantasy genre allows him to better tell his stories and better convey the human themes and emotions that he desires to share with the reader.
Goodkind has been strongly influenced by the books of Ayn Rand and is a strong supporter of her works and her philosophical approach known as Objectivism. Writing about the series in The Atlas Society newsletter, Willam Perry states that Goodkind’s “characters, plots, and themes…are clearly and directly influenced by Rand’s work, and the book’s heroes occasionally invoke Objectivist principles” with Goodkind using the novels illustrate these themes. Perry notes the Objectivist themes become most obvious in Faith of the Fallen, which made the novel controversial among Goodkind’s fan base; morever, the novel contains several scenes which echo plots of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.
Still, I don’t think its worth risking the Lords friendship because of a book. What do you think? Have anyone read these books before?