OK, in one of my stories, the protagonist is a female Vampire Detective
, whose backstory involves Stockholm Syndrome
from The Spanish Inquisition
. Now, in the interests of being historically accurate, I obviously had to make her a Catholic fundamentalist
. She is obsessed with trying to atone for the 'sin' of being a vampire (despite living in a verse where non-angsty FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires
coexist with cold-blooded killer vampires and everywhere in between). She sees everything in black and white, good or evil. And through the course of the story, I make it obvious to everyone but her that she's wrong and somewhat mentally unhinged. Oh, and her main antagonist, who everyone but her can see is a troubled but basically good kid, happens to be an atheist.
Now, this is not intended to criticize christianity. It's intended as a deconstruction of the Vampire Detective
trope, where I show how unhealthy that kind of character really is. But I'm worried that, given that she's Catholic and I'm an atheist, people will mistake that book for an anti-Christian Author Tract
How realistic is that fear? Would it help if I edited the story to make it clear that her sidekick (whose religion is never stated) is a more secular Christian?
If I'm asking for advice on a story idea, don't tell me it can't be done.