The New Bible: Twilight [Mini-Article]

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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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  • Suzette Valle

    I agree with what you say about the growing ease with which teens become deeply obsessed with Hollwood celebrities, real or fictitious. But, you’re right, it passes albeit too slowly sometimes. I’ve been a witness to the fan-atism and how it can go stone cold as soon as the next media idol is out there, i.e Jo Bros. past, Edward Cullen present.
    I think it’s OK to have fun with it, but know the limits; stalking’s a clue you’ve gone overboard!

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  • Sleeping Bag

    I don’t see what so special about Twilight?