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TODAY’S HOT TOPIC: The Pros and Cons of Twilight — Will You Watch?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | November 7, 2012
It’s finally time for the last of the Twilight movies, Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Will you be watching?
The controversial story of Bella and her two love interests, Edward and Jacob, has audiences divided. While many Christians, young and old, choose not to watch them because of their dark storyline, violence and sexual content, others can’t resist the seductive elements, such as the gorgeous characters and romance.
First, the PROs, because there are some positive elements in the movies. I have to celebrate Edward’s desire to save his and Bella’s virtue until marriage. The storyline also features values like loyalty, family and friendship. But are these Christian principles enough to deem the movie appropriate for young Christian girls?
Here are the CONs: The biggest negative is that the movie glorifies darkness, vampires and werewolves. It romanticizes Bella’s relationship with both Edward and Jacob, and there are very graphic scenes of both a violent and sexual nature. And Bella, well, she’s just not much of a role model for any girl.
She has limited strength and influence. She doesn’t appear to stand for anything. And she lacks good values. She tries to convince Edward to sleep with her and she encourages Jacob to pursue her (or at least, she doesn’t stop it). She doesn’t seem to care that she’s hurting both boys and she’s desperate to become one of the undead.
This is even more obvious in the trailer for the upcoming movie, where she opens with, “After 18 years of being utterly ordinary, I finally found I could shine. I was born to be a vampire…”
I’m sure young girls watching these movies try to relate themselves to Bella. Why not? She’s beautiful. And so are the boys interested in her. But I believe none of it inspires Christian values. What do you think?
So, am I wrong? Do the Twilight movies have enough Christian elements to make them appropriate for young Christian girls to watch them? How do you think Stephenie Meyer could make her future books more appealing to Christian girls?
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