This book is a genre on its own. Though it is religious at its core, the readers need not practice any. It welcomes all readers from any type of background and unites them by the last page. The last page though may take awhile to reach, so we begin with what comes before the first, the cover.
Though we should not judge a book by its title, one cannot help oneself when first seeing the cover. Bible it reads. It comes from the Latin word for books. Unoriginal or unimaginative one might say. But I see differently. This is a mere testament of what the book is. It is the benchmark, the standard. It is not thuh book but thee book. I feel that it has earned its title. The trend continues to its first chapter with Genesis. A word that needs no introduction therefore a chapter that doesn’t as well. Although this is the first chapter of a book that is divided into two, we still see the story as one.
The Writer’s brave decision to introduce the Main character well into half of the book proved to be a smart decision. This allowed Him to recount the Protagonist’s story an absurd but well worth it four times. This is due to the anticipation built for the Chief character’s introduction. The anticipation was a result of the first half of the book, which featured an unusual style of writing.
The Author was candid in admitting His use of ghostwriters. Ghostwriters are those who are commissioned to write material that will be credited to the author. At times it is criticized for the involvement of the middlemen. This involvement would obscure the connection of the writer and the book. But in this case, I feel that it works in its own literary style. It mimics the popular J.D. Salinger’s work, Catcher in the Rye. Because of the large number of ghostwriters involved in the piece, each segment feels distant from the next. Likened to Salinger’s work, it leads to a tone of digression. This style of writing has proven to be easily recognized by its readers and continues to do so here. The reason this style is effective is due to how we think. We do not think in connected but in fragmented thoughts. Therefore this style of writing would only make sense.
When we finally get to meet our Main character, it is well worth the wait. We are not just given one character or one story but a multitude. The titles given to Him are numerous with the Nazarene, the Carpenter and Christ. It feels as if the Author used different characters to represent the Protagonist. This style was seen in the biopic, I’m Not There. Director Todd Haynes uses six different actors and actresses to represent the singer and songwriter Bob Dylan. Again this was done in Heath Ledger’s final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Due to Ledger’s death during filming, he was replaced by a total of three actors. Although for different reasons, all three instances of the use of style have a common element. This element is the magnitude of the character and his story. This is clearly evident with the Character found in the Bible.
Although the Character steals characteristics from different stories such as Disney’s use of uncommon parental situations, He still holds His own unique attributes. These are that of a lack of love-interest as well as character flaws. The Protagonists does not have any one love-interest but claims to love all. He also holds no character flaw. This is very unusual because character flaws are what fuels the story to progress. It is the reason we embark on the journey. In this unusual case, the Writer claims that it is not the Protagonist’s flaws that are put on spotlight but that of everyone else. It is because of our flaws that He goes on the journey and fuels His story.
Is He the greatest Protagonist ever?
Is this the greatest story ever told?
Aside from that, is this book even fiction or non-fiction?
I cannot answer the first two but I found an answer for the last. Whether or not the events of this novel happened or not is unimportant. We do not need truth in these stories to be able to show belief. One cannot value the lessons learned in real life over those taught to us by our favorite fictitious characters. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, good characters exist in both. We don’t need to believe in the Protagonist, we merely need to believe in His love.