I just finished dramatizing 2 Samuel chapters 9-10 for book two of The Chronicles of Kings and Dragons series. Now for the event that I’ve anticipated since I finished The Presence of Shadows. 2 Samuel 11 – David and Bathsheba!
I’ve looked forward to this chapter with both excitement and trepidation. This Biblical event, along with others, is the reason that I chose to consider my series in the young adult genre. While I intend to dramatize this tale of adultery and murder tastefully (Is that even possible? I’m soon to find out.) it’s not something that I can recommend eight and nine year olds read. I want to do the events justice without being so descriptive that the reader feels like he’s in the bed room with David and Bathsheba. That would just be “Eww.”
Believe it or not, that is a disturbing trend in young adult fantasy these days. I’ve read one author that unashamedly has explicit sex in her young adult fantasy books and, here is the kicker, her books get rave reviews by teens and adults and they are top sellers. This is why I keep writing. Even if it takes me five years to write book 2, our youth need something that is good for them to read. Not just “good” but edifying stories that draw them into a closer relationship with God. Every time I read a mainstream book with questionable content, I feel the fire light under my tail to keep writing. Now, if I could just remember that when I have a new sewing project to work on, the book might not take five years.
So, here we go! David and Bathsheba, what was really going on with the two of you?