Thursday, September 11, 2008
Don't judge me!
Ok, here's the deal. I have decided to let my 12-year-old daughter read "Twilight." *gasp!* If you aren't familiar with this series, it's all the rage with teenage girls right now. It's about a girl that falls in love with a vampire. I know what you're thinking...vampire love story?! Hayley's teachers all have these books in their classrooms and all her friends have read them. I don't normally give in to peer pressure but I told Hayley that I would read it first and then make my decision. I thought that was a good compromise. I expected to read it and hate it and then tell her she couldn't read it. (Then she would probably read it at school and not tell me...I wasn't born yesterday and I used to be 12 too!) But much to my surprise, I couldn't put it down! It is very well-written and not at all scary or gory. Edward is a vampire with a conscience. He's a gentleman. It's not racy like most books geared for teens these days. Really the only problem I had with it is the obsessive nature of the relationship on the part of Bella. But I actually think it's pretty typical of teen "love" and may prove to be a good point of discussion. There are no spiritual or occult themes, no witchcraft. It's just a really nice guy that happens to be a vampire. There's not much difference between this book and any other fairy tale. It's actually less disturbing that most fairy tales. If you think about it, most fairy tales involve missing or dead parents, evil stepmothers, etc. but we don't bat an eye at reading those to our children when they are very young. I think that as Christians we really hurt our cause when we are quick to ban or boycott things. We do it so much that it loses its impact. In the end, we just look foolish and the world doesn't take us or our message seriously. The Disney ban comes to mind...and the Harry Potter hysteria. I just think we should be careful what we label 'evil.' That label should be saved for things that are really important. So, there you go. But don't take my word for it. Read it for yourself before letting your kids read it. However, I should warn you that I also liked Harry Potter. Oh, the shame!