Twilight—dangerous drama or just fun fiction?

I’ll admit it; I’m not a teenager. In fact, I haven’t been a teenager for…a while. But, you don’t have to be an expert in teen culture to have the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer on your radar screen. It has become quite a pop culture phenomenon.

In case you haven’t heard, Twilight is part of trilogy of books about a romantic love triangle between three teenagers. But, there’s a twist, the plot focuses on the relationship between Bella, a normal teenage girl and Edward, who just happens to be a vampire. The story also includes werewolves, clashes between good and evil vampires, and a great deal of teenage angst.

It seems these books are creating quite a stir in the culture of today’s young women. To date about 8 million copies of the books have sold, mostly to young female readers. Let me give you a crash course in the publishing world. Eight million copies is huge! It is very rare for a book or series to sell that well. Plans for a movie are in the works (and apparently highly anticipated), the web is loaded with fan sites, and release parties are drawing huge crowds at bookstores across the country. The bottom line is, these books are big news and I am guessing that at least a few of you are catching the Twilight bug.

So, I want us to take a look at whether this series is a good choice for those of us who are committed to pursuing God’s Truth in our lives. And I don’t want to make this decision for you. This time, I want you to do the talking.

On page 155 in Lies Young Women Believe, Nancy and Dannah lay out some standards we can use to determine whether or not our media choices are God-honoring. I’ve copied that section of the book below (with a few changes to help you better evaluate this particular series). Use these questions as a guide to determine whether or not Twilight is a fun summer read or something we should steer clear of. Then, share your thoughts right here on the blog. I can’t wait to read your decision.

Media Mash

Not sure if you should mash the media in your life or make it the main event? Maybe for you, it’s just a matter of setting better limits. Use these simple questions to guide you.

Does it violate the standard of Philippians 4:8? (Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”)

Would you be embarrassed to [read] it with Jesus?

Does it create conflict between you and your parents?

Is it something you have to hide?

Does it cause you to isolate yourself from family members or friends?

Does it cause you to neglect other responsibilities?

Do you have a greater appetite for [reading Twilight] than you do for spending time in God’s Word or in some other activities that nourish your spiritual life?

Are you addicted? (Here’s a great way to find out if you are addicted to a particular form of media: Give it up for 30 days. If you can’t do it, you’re addicted!) (Lies Young Women Believe, 155).

I would add a couple more question to the list. Does it negatively affect your thought life? More specifically, does reading these books cause you to spend a great deal of time engaged in romantic fantasies?

Does reading Twilight seem to increase incidents of nightmares for you?

Nancy and Dannah offer wise advice to those of us who are willing to apply these questions to our media choices. Take a look. “If you answered yes to any of the above, ask the Lord to help you evaluate your media usage and establish wise boundaries that are pleasing to Him and healthy for you” (Lies Young Women Believe, 55).

About Author

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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