Music & Culture
Vampire Trend: Innocent or Evil?
Written by Christi Given | September 21, 2011
Many would agree that the “vampire fad” has taken over the imaginations of teens everywhere. You see it now with the Twilight series. True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and other popular shows becoming all the rage in Hollywood. Granted, Count Dracula has been around for ages, but it’s undeniable that many of today’s teen heartthrobs are of the vampire variety.
Twilight has made well over 142 million dollars in the box office in the first opening weekend alone. This isn’t even including annual sales which is over one billion dollars. The films are full of passion, romance and very good looking actors and actresses. Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are huge teen idols along with leading ladies such as Kristen Stewart.
Stephanie Mayer who wrote the Twilight books was placed on the Top 100 Most Influential Celebrities list in 2009.
“Meyer, who sold 29 million books and created a vampire frenzy, earned $50 million during the year-long period.”
It’s safe to say that vampires are everywhere. There is even a Canadian show coming out called My Babysitter is a Vampire due to be released this Fall.
Do you believe that the vampire craze is a sneaky way for the enemy to creep in and try to expose young people to dark, demonic material? I suppose you may use wisdom and use discretion when you watch and read this kind of material, but for the most part, young people are still learning and growing. Of course, there is an aspect of love to some of these stories, which is the most positive aspect of vampire-themed entertainment, but I have some food for thought:
Why not read the Bible and learn wisdom and truth rather than read dark, false fantasy? It’s your choice, of course, but I want to get people thinking.
Personally, I am drawn to light, positive things — things that nurture my spirit. The more I grow closer to the Father, the more I thirst for righteousness. Granted, I understand there are those who enjoy fantasy and romance novels, but I do think we need to be watchful and mindful of what we put in our spirits.
“Let no one deceive you with empty words; for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient…For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” -Ephesians 5:8
I want to ask the readers of Project Inspired, do you believe that vampire TV shows, books and films are all just fantasy or do you think there is a bigger spirit behind it? Do you think it’s innocent or evil? It would be easy to watch the newest show with the hottest actors in Vampire Diaries and the like, but it takes courage to stand against the current of society.
Is there an undercurrent or message that could lead innocent fans to watch shows about witchcraft and that glorify death? Ask yourselves: Is it innocent or evil?
“The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”
— Romans 8:6
Sources: Imdb.com, Forbes.com