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Why I’m Not a Fan of Twilight Anymore, Part 2

19 Jul Posted by in Articles | 3 comments
Why I’m Not a Fan of Twilight Anymore, Part 2

After receiving some comments and questions about Twlight, Lori Twichell put together an article sharing her thoughts and experiences. (See Part One here.)

TwilightVampires have no choice:  The Twilight books started a trend that I find utterly disturbing. You see, the vampires in this series had no choice about whether they should live or die. Many of them don’t want to really be vampires and they live this horrible tortured existence, but they are unable to do anything about it. The choice is out of their hands. They must live this way and for the most part, they’re emo and tortured about it. But Bella makes their lives better. She’s everything that they needed. She rescued them from a difficult and miserable existence. She gave them a baby and peace and hope and joy…

Now look at the trends in the YA market. Because of this, there are hundreds and thousands of books out there with a female hero who loves some tortured soul (fallen angel, demon, werewolf, shape shifter, angel – fill in the supernatural appropriately) and ends up ‘saving’ them because she loves them. It’s always been out there, but now, because of Twilight and the phenomenon thereof, it’s everywhere now and it permeates the everyday culture. I’m not sure I want my daughter to think that no matter how bad someone is, she can ‘rescue’ them because choices to be bad are outside their control.

Parental/adult Role Models:  The only adult role models in the Twilight saga are the vampires. Seriously – stop and think about it. Charlie, Bella’s father, is never around. He’s always off on his own and barely talks to Bella at all. We know he loves her and all, but he’s not really involved in her life. Neither is her mother – who is repeatedly described as flighty and someone that Bella has actually had to care for. There are no married people in the books who are together – except the vampires. The vampire family who makes sure to care for Bella and show her what love, affection and acceptance truly are.

The books also encourage Bella not to tell Charlie the truth and she does many things outside of what should be acceptable for a teenage girl. These obvious issues (like having a boy sneak in your window every night or having him come to your house when your father isn’t around – and hiding from your father) have already been discussed many times in many other places online, so I only mention them here to bring them up as another point of discussion.

Now outside of the plot issues I have and the concerns with the lessons learned through the Twilight saga, there’s also the issue of Twilight as a gateway drug. Yes, you read that right. A gateway drug. I brought this up when talking to my friends about some of my concerns and then recently, in one of the comments here on Radiant Lit, someone else referred to Twilight the same way. I find it an interesting concept. Stephenie Meyer wrote a ‘mostly harmless’ and clean vampire story that entranced the world. No sex. Not graphic violence. These are a lot of things that allowed parents to be able to share the story with their teens or tweens. But what happens when Twilight ends? When the movie is over and you’re waiting for the next film or looking for the next form of entertainment? There’s tons of stuff out there just like Twilight right? Well, that’s where we see the gateway part of it. Twilight has caused people to look for ‘more’ and subsequently, we’ve had the rise of The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Teen Wolf, and a ton of supernatural based television shows, films and books; none of which remain as ‘clean’ or ‘pure’ as Twilight. All of them usher in a level of sex or violence or even witchcraft that is unseen in Twilight.

And then there’s fanfiction. If you aren’t interested in ‘other’ vampire entertainment, there’s always TONS of Twilight fanfiction and fanfiction sites. But nearly every single story out there is written for adults. They include vast amounts of pornography (50 Shades of Grey anyone?), violence and even same sex pairings. So if you’re looking for your ‘Twilight fix’ –what will you find to fill that gap?

Relatively speaking, I am aware that Twilight is mostly harmless entertainment. I know that. But I also know that anything Satan can use to reach people, he will. And I do think the fruits of the Twilight phenomenon have proven that even if it were absolutely squeaky clean and perfect, satan is still gaining some momentum with the Twilight fans. Maybe it’s his gateway to other things as well. I don’t know. But I do know that I haven’t missed much since I gave it up. And for those who asked, I didn’t just throw away the books or dvds. I destroyed them. If I feel strongly enough to take a stand that I won’t read it for reasons I think are dangerous, I don’t want to be a stepping stool to anyone else’s downfall. So I didn’t just pack it away or give it away. I made sure that when they were gone, they were utterly and completely gone.

Now I’m curious about what you think. Tell me about your Twilight experience! I’m open to respectful discussion and conversation here. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

About The Author:
Lori Twichell is the owner of Beyond the Buzz Marketing which handles publicity and marketing for a variety of clients. She is Jill Hart’s partner on Christian Work at Home Mom radio and a featured blogger at CWAHM. She and Jill own Radiant Lit and Fiction Addict; both websites designed to help people find the best books to feed their love of reading. She is a proud military wife and lives with her husband, three kids and two dogs in San Antonio, Texas.

 

3 comments

  • Lori says:

    Thank you both for the insightful comments. I appreciate them! Though I didn’t include this as part of the article, something really important to me was that I had a very close girlfriend I watched all the movies with and when this came to me, I needed to call her and talk to her. I was worried about it and prayed over it for a while before I called her because I REALLY didn’t want to damage our friendship. I love her very much and she’s very important to me.

    When I called her, she said “Lori are you KIDDING?” She had been having problems in her house with spiritual attacks and been praying over them – and the Lord made it very plain to her that she needed to get rid of Twilight. Her answer was “But God, why’s it bad? Lori likes it too!” She said this had been going on for a couple of days before God led me to get rid of it too. And with both of us, we felt that we needed to destroy it. For myself, I sat down with my husband and my 11 year old daughter and we burned everything. We had a long time of prayer over it and I explained to my daughter why I was – and I apologized to her for bringing it into our home. I felt it was important for her to see me acting on removing it permanently from our home. She knew I read it and she knew I watched the movies. It was important for her to see me do this. It was a big moment in our family. My daughter learned a lot about obedience to God – that I never could have taught her any other way.

  • Cam says:

    Yes, yes, yes. For me, it was indeed a gateway drug. I fell under the Twilight spell two years ago, and after roaring through all the books and the first 3 movies in a matter of weeks, I was desperate to have more, more, more Edward & Bella. I seriously went around for several weeks, feeling oddly depressed and unhappy in my INCREDIBLY BLESSED life. I knew something was wrong with that, but I couldn’t shake the need for more Edward & Bella (well, to be honest…more EDWARD). This led me to fanfiction, which led me to the Fifty Shades story, which…oh my word…took me down a dark and destructive road. A road I’m still paying the price for traveling. I got my wake-up call early this year, and am still trying to cleanse my mind from the Fifty Shades spell, and somewhat from the Twilight spell. I also got rid of all my Twilight books (I had two copies of some of them! One to read and one to loan people!) and DVDs. I couldn’t bear to destroy them (is that a little scary?), so I donated them to a thrift store. Oops. I wish I would’ve destroyed them.
    Basically, God told me in prayer that I needed to get rid of everything: The Twilight stuff and the Fifty Shades story I had saved on my computer. I seriously was like, “Please, Lord, not THAT! Anything but that!” And then I realized exactly why he wanted me to get rid of it all.
    I still long for them more often than I like to admit, but it has gotten much less than in the beginning. In the beginning, it was extremely hard to go without them all.
    Thanks for sharing your reasons for your change of heart. I identify most with the gateway drug aspect, but I certainly see the issues with every other point you brought up. For me, the love I felt for oh-so-perfect Edward of the Twilight saga, and the oh-so-perfectly-flawed Edward (Christian) of the Fifty Shades story, was also a huge problem.

  • Kim says:

    I too, fell under the spell of Twilight when it first came out. My daughter and I read the books but then, as the craze continued to grow, we both came to realize something deeper may be going on. I hadn’t thought about them being a “gateway” but I believe you’re right. The unbelievable amount of YA paranormal and soft porn available now is mind boggling.We exchanged our books at a half price store, but now I wish I had destroyed them as you did.

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