If That’s Not All Part of God’s Plan: On Faith in Fictional Characters

This weekend, my husband and I caught up with the world/my tumblr and twitter friends by binge-watching Daredevil on Netflix. We enjoyed the hell out of it (haaa). There’s some unnecessary leaning on tropes, especially where some of the women are concerned (Preeti Chhibber has a great post on this), and the world doesn’t always feel fully realized in weird ways. But there’s also much to love: the Matt/Foggy friendship, the well-timed and engaging flashbacks, the gruesome and kind of beautiful fight sequences, CLAIRE. It was, as one of my friends had said, very reminiscent of Angel the Series, which we love–dark and grim without being “grimdark,” fun group dynamic, lots of delicious moral struggling.

In fact, one of the elements of the show I felt most drawn to was the way Matt Murdock deals with his moral struggles. I’m such a sucker for a superhero who’s trying to do their best with a murky sense of that means, and I’ve rarely met a hero–or any character ever–in that position and not immediately welcomed them into my poor wasted heart. But Matt is different from many of those characters in what is, to me, a really significant way: Matt is worried about what God thinks of his ethical dilemmas. Matt sorts through his morality in a confession booth, over coffee with a priest, in the shadow of a cross. Matt’s world is on fire, and he feels compelled to act and react accordingly, and he wonders what his actions and desires mean in light of his belief in a God who has a plan for him and for the world.  Continue reading


Wildlife by Fiona Wood – review

Happy April, friends! Today I want to talk about one of my favorite March reads. Technically this was a fall 2014 release in the US, but it pubbed in Australia earlier.


I finished Fiona Wood’s Wildlife late last week and haven’t had a chance to write about it until now. I probably could’ve found time immediately after I finished it, but I was too busy hugging the book to my chest while I rambled at my husband about how happy I was. Really. This is that kind of book.

Wildlife is a dual narrative, alternating between new girl Lou and newly-popular-girl Sibylla as their class embarks on a school term in the wilderness. Lou is recovering from the loss of someone close to her, while Sibylla is navigating and reevaluating her own close relationships. Amazon calls the book “a tender, funny story of first love, good friendship, and going a little bit wild.” Continue reading