On Day Four, the Lit Blitz takes a majestic dive into the unknown...
Today's piece: "Curelom Riders" by Annaliese Lemmon
No piece of writing starts from scratch: writing necessarily builds off things readers already know. One advantage writers of Mormon Lit have is that their audience has a lot of specialized pre-existing knowledge that can be drawn on.
In her short piece, Annaliese Lemmon draws not only on this specialized Mormon knowledge in her use of the book of Ether, but also on a broad cultural awareness of the tropes of epic fantasy. The success of the alternative history/ epic fantasy Temeraire books, which Lemmon has cited as an inspiration for this piece, shows that many readers today are happy to let writers draw on traditionally distinct genres simultaneously. Does anything change, though, when one of those genres is scripture?
What do you think of the cross-genre work this piece does with the Book of Mormon?
What other interesting experiments with cross-genre work involving scripture have you seen? What might be the next cool experiment for a Mormon writer?