I’ve been tempted for years to pick up a copy of Left Behind, the Tim LaHaye Christian fantasy about the End Times. I’ve just wanted to read it, to see what the Rapturists have gotten themselves all in a froth about.
Yesterday, I finally went to the library in my town and borrowed their copy. I’ve read quite a way into the book now, and I have to say that I’m disappointed.
I knew that the theology would be kooky, but I didn’t expect that the characters would be so flat, and the writing would be so awkward. The weirdness of things like fetuses rapturing out of their mothers’ wombs aside, Left Behind is painful to read. I keep on trying to think of it as science fiction, but it only comes across as bad science fiction – kind of like the Pentacostal version of that terrible John Travolta movie featuring aliens with blue skin.
That, and there was a female character who seemed to be speaking in Sarah Palin’s voice, and once that started, I just couldn’t get it out of my head.