Hello! So, I’m ashamed to say that I yet again forgot about my blog. I apologize most sincerely. But I’ve had my focus on less important things…like getting good grades and other COMPLETE time wasters like that. Haha!
So, this time I’m doing a post that I’ve really been wanting to do for a while now- the reasons why the brilliant Mr. Dekker is my favorite author. Hands down. And I’ve read a lot of books over my time.
Well, I might as well hop right to it!
Reason 1: He’s Christian. Ted is my inspiration in writing because he is the PERFECT example of how the themes Christian and Thriller CAN be in the same book together! His books are laced with adrenaline and they all have a beautiful deeper meaning weaved in between all the action! Some people don’t think you can have a good, creepy, thrilling, plot twisting book when it’s Christian- and it’s just not true! Dekker is a living example of that!
Reason 2: His descriptions are crisp. Honestly, guys. Dekker blows me away with his descriptions of the simplest things like a room. Sounds lame, I know. But it’s his wording that really makes me shiver with awe. He uses the most crisp wording that I’ve never seen its equal. And it’s not even just the words- it the way he puts them!
Reason 3: He makes the most brilliant characters! There’s not one Dekker character that I don’t completely love. Antagonist, Protagonist- you name it, I love it. The “bad guy” I hate sometimes- but even in my hatred I love them because they’re just so evil. Let me give you an example: In his book Showdown the Antagonist is a black-clad tall stranger that goes by the name of Marsuvees Black. He’s ridiculously creepy, and a complete psycho but he’s just so interesting that even through all of his psychotic-ness I STILL love him! Because I respect the fact that Ted can think up a character as brilliantly unsettling as Marsuvees. Another example would be with honestly every Protagonist he’s ever written into existence. Thomas Hunter, from The Circle Trilogy, Seth Boarder, from Blink of an Eye, Billy, Darcy, and Johnny, from Showdown, and Saint. Kevin Parson, from Thr3e. Just, each one has such unique things to them that it’s honestly hard to remember that they aren’t real.
Reason 4: He’s mastered the art of hooking his reader. What’s the point in reading a book if you barely like it? Or the author is taking FOREVER to get to the action? The thing I love with Dekker is he almost ALWAYS gives you some insane action within the first ten pages. Believe me- if you aren’t completely addicted to the book by chapter 5— you’ve got the wrong Ted Dekker, because that’s not the author I know and love!
Reason 5: He’s not afraid to explore the dark side a little bit. That by itself may sound uber weird to some of you. But hear me out: what I mean by that is I love that he isn’t afraid to give his reader the world for what it is. Yes, in some instances I just want to read to ESCAPE life, not read more about the idiocy of it! But even when he does give you life for what it is: there’s always a resolve to the conflict. Another example: In his book Chosen one of the main characters, at the young age of 16 is thrown into battle. This shows us that crap happens sometimes. HOWEVER, the story takes place in another dimension where sin is a disease that grows on the flesh that can only be rid of by bathing in the god, Elyon’s lake. (like the sacrificing on the lamb in the Old Testiment) There are fuzzy white bats that speak, and the main character Johnis just may of found love through this insane journey.
Reason 6: He’s hilarious. Seriously. Dekker has this sense of humor like no one else I’ve heard. It’s this dry, quick wit that keeps me rolling on the floor in the mists of something horrible happening in the story.
Reason 7: He is descriptive, but not TOO descriptive. To me, there is such a thing as TOOOOOOOO descriptive. You know what I’m talking about. Those authors that take up five pages just to describe what Suzie’s dress looks like, or how blue the sky is that day. It makes me ill, and it makes me lose interest in where the story is heading swiftly. Dekker is very descriptive, but he does it in such a way where it really doesn’t feel like he’s describing something. Allow me to give you yet another example: Let’s say he writes a character and names him Sampson. Sampson has some really blue eyes.
Way #1: Sampson had blue eyes. His blue eyes were like two raging oceans. They easily pierced whoever looked into them. His blue eyes were soft, though. Like he never would hurt anyone. So many people loved Sampson’s eyes. They said they were his best feature, although he disagreed.
Way #2: Sampson looked into my eyes and the depth of the color blue pierced right into my very soul. They were by far his best feature, I could see this now as they sparked with passion.
See how way number two kinda keeps things going, AND INCORPORATES the details into a scene? That’s what Dekker has been able to master!
…And these are only a few of the many, MANY reasons why I love Ted Dekker, and his breathtaking work! If you haven’t checked out his works, PLEASE do! Go to http://www.teddekker.com and you can see a list of his titles, and which ones would interest you!
Have an awesome, Force-filled day, my friends!
Until Next Time,