This is horrible isn’t it? I recently was talking to two 14 year-old girls about a camping trip they had coming up. (I am thinking about writing a post on teens in the wild) Anyways, I asked them what they packed and the ‘essentials’ for their trip. Here is what they said:
“Well, I guess the top five items we have to bring are our sleeping bag, water, flashlight, matches and The Book.”
I was a little surprised, because I did not think these girls were religious, and of course, I assumed ‘The Book’ was the Bible.
“No,” they said, “The Book, is Twilight by Stephanie Meyers, primarily New Moon and Eclipse, but they are all included.”
This worries me for a number of reasons:
-It hints at a decline in teen’s value of religion. This is actually not something I believe is universally true. Yet, it was an eerie kind of disrespect for the Bible, which is so important to many religions.
-It shows the obsessive nature of teen’s love of Twilight. They literally could only go a few days without reading and re-reading sections of the books.
-Girls worship, literally Edward Cullen. Now, I am not one to judge, but the way girls (even my 24 year-old friends, hint hint to some of my friends reading this) talk about Edward as if he is some sort of God.
-Twilight is a way of life. There are some serious twihards out there who practice twilight mania like it is a religion.
Is this good or bad? Well, I think it is a little disturbing, but I think it is a passing trend and a stage that girls (even the 24 year-old ones) will definitely grow out of.
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