The other day, I was talking to someone about the difference between Christian novels being reviewed and secular novels being reviewed. Often, I have noticed that for Christian novels, it appears that they are forgiven for faults that would not fly in a secular novel. On the other hand, I have seen some really harsh reviews for secular novels that could have said the same thing without being cruel or derogatory to the author. I am not saying that Christian novels are exempt from cruel people. I have seen these reviews too (usually aimed at Christian novelists because they share their faith). That said, I do think that there are a few Christian novels that have 5 star ratings on Amazon that are probably not true even amongst the reviewers.
For example, the secular world has this expression TSTL or too stupid to live. It’s applied to a main character who just acts with profound stupidity. Though I think it’s a harsh way to evaluate a character, it is honest and straightforward.
I guess my question is, are we too concerned with feelings when reviewing Christian novels? Or do we just rate them at a lower standard because they are Christian novels? Or am I making all of this up?