Fred Clark has posted a new Left Behind post, TF: Post-Rapture economics, at Patheos
This week Fred writes about pp. 406-407 of Tribulation Force.
I find myself responding to Rayford’s short-sightedness differently than I do to the overall problem here of woefully inadequate world-building. The latter I blame on the authors. They keep tossing out these huge, world-altering events without ever bothering to show the world being altered — or even to acknowledge that the world has been altered. Every child on earth disappears and life continues unchanged. The United States government is dissolved and life continues unchanged. Every religious believer is legally required to convert to a brand new, ill-defined and infelicitously named new religion and life continues unchanged.
That’s infuriating, but my frustration is directed toward the authors and I find that frustration with the authors — thinking of them as careless, thoughtless hacks — doesn’t impede my ability to continue slogging through this awful book as much as frustration with the characters does. Rayford’s obliviousness makes me frustrated with Rayford. I realize, of course, that Rayford’s faults are also the authors’ fault — that he behaves like an idiot because that’s how he’s written, but it’s difficult to exempt him from all blame. And that makes this book an even worse experience for me. Reading a story written by idiots is bad enough, but reading a story written by idiots that’s also about idiots is even worse.
[Fred Clark, TF: Post-Rapture economics, September 7 2011, posted at Patheos.com]
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