“Honestly, Edward.”

I recently took on a major project. It turned out to be not-so-major. I decided to read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. How could I possibly criticize a book I had never read? It’s very much like not liking a person you’ve never met. (Yes, you guessed, books are like people to me. ;))

In most of the reviews I have read there are 3 major topics that people attack: Unhealthy romantic relationships, bloodsucking vampires, and a terrible writing style.

Anyway, first of all, here are a few of my more random thoughts on Twilight:

Bella was just as pale as Edward. In fact, most people in Forks were pale. Excepting Jacob Black et al. 😛 Chapters 13-14 (ish) were almost purely (no pun intended) emotional pornography. It was immensely frustrating to read a picture of sexual tension without consummation. It’s just pointless. Especially when there are so many ellipses and dropped-off suggestions. I don’t mean this in a dirty way, just that once the ball starts rolling, it’s not meant to stop like that and it makes me mad for reasons I will outline later. 😉 The fact that Edward’s breath was so irresistible is disturbing to say the least. I think I liked it best when the vampires’ perfection was described as “outrageous”. At the beginning, a feeling like electricity coursed through Bella’s body when she touched Edward. Closer to the end, nothing happened. Novelty must’ve worn off. 😛

Now, back to the sexual tension (or the tensions between the two, period). Twilight is written in a fashion (and I realize it’s fictional, but still…) that makes it sound like you can have foreplay, then stop. Easy as that. It’s written off as “Edward is a vampire with ultimate strength and he doesn’t want to hurt her”. To which I say, “Umm, Edward, with your ultimate strength, you can please resist Bella, act totally normal, and/or move away.” Anyway, hopefully this doesn’t, but it may lead teenagers to believe they can do the same. It is appealing. Who doesn’t want to be loved — especially when your hormones are raging and he’s really uber-cute. And they can just stop, just like that, right? Like I said, though, once the ball starts rolling it’s not meant to stop. More often than not, one won’t be able to stop after foreplay. Best not to tempt fate there. Mostly, it just sets up an unrealistic view of a pre-marital romantic relationship. It’s not all bad. There’s a quote that especially stuck out at me as very true and something girls need to hear more often.

“I’ll be the first to admit that I have no experience with relationships,” I said. “But it just seems logical . . . a man and woman have to be somewhat equal . . . as in, one of can’t always be swooping in and saving the other one. They have to save each other equally.”

This is extremely true. No one wants to be the one always being saved. Both genders want to save. They serve different roles here, I believe, but the woman is just as much built to save as man.

As far as writing style goes, I didn’t see a whole lot there. Of course I saw things she could’ve done to make the book more effective, but that doesn’t make her a bad author. It makes her a learning, growing, real-life author. Same with the vampire theme. I don’t take a whole lot of issue with that. Vampires are fictional creatures. Anybody can do anything they want with them. Yes, they are inherently evil in nearly all of literature. But so is man.

As a Christian, I saw plot holes. What if a Christian was bitten by a vampire, not by choice? Would they be sent to hell? Or do vampires not have souls. Edward seems to believe he does, so basing it off of that, it’s a pretty hopeless lifestyle and completely destroys the lifechanging work of Christ. I would be inclined to say that, if it were my book, when the human died the first time to become a vampire, that’s when the soul went to its place, whether it be Heaven or Hell.

In conclusion, I saw flaws. I see the way it can affect our culture. (Which, really, is not much different than the way girls idolized the Jonas Brothers or Zac Efron or anybody else. Or, for that matter, the way Christian girls idolize Christian singers/bands, their role, or their fathers.) However, it opens the door to more darkness. What if, not all vampires are evil. What if, not all evil is evil. This leads down a dangerous path. One that needs to be lead with the light of His Word, dispelling all lies and darkness, and uncovering the truth lying in the shadows.

Reading Twilight does not predispose you to become a groupie, a maniac, a vampire, a werewolf, a bloodsucker or any other creature of your imagination. 😛 Neither will reading Lord of the Rings predispose you to becoming hobbits, orcs, elves, wizards, etc. Or reading Love Comes Softly to becoming the most amazing bride on the face of the planet and having the most amazing, patient, sensitive husband. However, you may try to become any one of these things because you are giving up on the hope of Christ. The only way to be dissatisfied with yourself is to reject who God made you. Rejecting who God made you rejects God and His changing grace.

The End. 😀

(P.S. I stole the title from page 84. It about summed up the book for me. :D)

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~ by neverxxforsaken on January 3, 2010.

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