Saturday, November 22, 2008

Twilight hit the theatres this weekend; is it good for our daughters?

I have just read the book and I say definintely not. Catholic Mom who writes here, agrees.
Here is another post on the "Twilight" phenomenon from a man who graduated from St Thomas More College and works as a DRE in Illinois.
Here is a review from Julie at a Connecticut Catholic Corner. She works in publishing and seems to be an ardent Catholic. She also has a movie review on the blog.
I'll be posting reviews of both shortly.
Just let me add my own warning; I have been a teacher for 20 years, and I never saw such mass intoxication with a book, yes, even compared with the Harry Potter series. This near hysteria came to a head in my seventh grade study hall Friday afternoon, when I could not keep the girls quiet enough to study; they were all a flutter about their plans to see "Twilight" that evening. This is a phenomenon which Catholics must examine before embracing; anything that the Culture of Death embraces with such ferocity can't be healthy.

10 comments:

Barb, sfo said...

My teenage son commented, when my 12-year-old daughter hinted at the movie and I said "NO WAY"--he said "Thank you! It is a VIRUS!" He said all the girls in his classes are "addicted" to these books. Probably as you described here. I think my daughter can find something better to read and watch.

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

From the reviews, it sounds like the movie viewers have been disappointed with the movie. Maybe their fascination with the books will die when they exit the film. Thank God the boys recognize the weirdness; these girls need our prayers. My mother always said you were inviting the devil into the house if you brought in a book containing the occult. It was not allowed past the doorstep. I've been encouraging my pre-teen daughter to read L.M. Montgomery and L'Engle. The natural and traditional courtship behaviors displayed in these books are romantic and healthy.

Journey of Truth said...

What bothers me is that I may have to study it to see where it leads - I'd rather NOT waste my time reading any of this rubbish. I will not buy the books and the library waiting list is miles long (mass addiction anyone?). I did not read Dan Brown's book and just said to anyone who tried devilishly hard to get me to read it, "Quite frankly, I would rather read edifying books - one's that aren't creating mass histeria over." I don't like riding the "in thing" tide. I keep telling my 12yo daughter to read Emma and Pride and Prejudice. That's romance!

Good reviews. Hopefully what you have said here, that I can parrot, will be enough to hold off those who keep telling me I should read it.

Anonymous said...

I read the first two books. I think the sensuality is rather mild compared to, say, the Princess Diaries Series. And the violent parts are hardly worse than Harry Potter, or, rather, pro wrestling. The acting in the movie is mediocre, and quite obviously bad acting is so pathetic that the violent parts of the movie and the sensual parts should be laughed over. I have no problems with the books.

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

I was shocked to find the middle schoolers at my own Catholic school are reading this series and going to see the movie! I have just written a commentary on this in my blog. http://elizabeth-kathryn-gerold-miller.blogspot.com/2008/11/standing-all-alone-in-twilight.html

Johnthereader said...

The Bottom line is, Twilight is here to stay. The rest of the series will be made into movie and more money will be generated by this movie because let's face it: the devil will always get his due. But I guess i should put my two cents in about these discusting and revolting stories, It's not so much their origin but the fact that girls have given up so much for finding a good romance or, god forbid, giving their heart to Jesus that they are willing to consider this story "love". First of all, this is a story about vampires which just goes to show how stupid the plotline is. Secondly, it's nothing but a lite version of a smutty sex novel. But because the vampire "protects" the girl, girls are so happy about it. It's addicting, it's satanic and is far from the heart of Christ. Arms of Love, Surrender, A Moment of Weakness, Offerings, All the Regina Doman books and A Walk to Remember are much better.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I love twilight. Other people, however, might not think the same. I have read the first three books, and I must say, they were very well written. However, I don't think "Edward" should be drolled over considering he is a dead vampire! Seriously people, come on! He is dead! I also think that some people are just over the top! I have heard so far of Twilight board games, shirts, jewelry, and even twilight makeup! I also have a strong opinion about the fourth book. I think that it is not appropriate for girls at the ages of twelve! This "twilight obbsesion" thing is just going over the top if you ask me! I'm sticking with the Chronicles of Narnia!

Anonymous said...

I have read all of the Twilight books and find them very well written and a bit of an escape for teens. Sure, the book does mention things like vampirism and sex, but overall it is a sweet love story between two individuals. I have to say that there is a lot of obsession and it is a little bit crazy but still, before you make a judgement on us teens, think about when you where in high school and all the things that you thought where awesome. Maybe that will help you better relate to your daughters. Twilight is pretty good and safe. It is not like a major passionate romance novel. It is mostly just A TEEN NOVEL! I am sorry to have to say this but your daughter's are growing up and they probably know more than you think. These books are nothing compared to other vampire novels.

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

Anonymous, you seem like an intelligent young lady. My parents steered me toward literature that didn't contain the occult or sex from a worldly perspective, but also taught me what I needed to know about sex in a loving way. I really didn't understand their protectiveness until I was a mom too.

Anonymous said...

I've read all four books and am in high school. Although the writing style is addicting, it is not exactly a well-written book (think classics). There is too much "tension" between Bella and Edward, and I do think that Bella would have been better off telling her father. However, I appreciate the couple waiting until after marriage to get things going and the pro-life way Bella handles her pregnancy (she decides to keep the baby, opposed to virtually every other character's opinion). Over all, it was a nice escape from reality and I can see why so many people are obsessed with the series, but we need to realize that there are no "Edwards". Edward, the main attraction of the series, is an ideal boyfriend. I think that teenagers should realize they don't "need" a boyfriend to survive, and that it is highly unlikely they will find someone like Edward (especially at this time in our lives). I'm glad that my friends are reading this instead of some other books I could name and I myself enjoyed them, but there are definitely better choices out there.