So I've been reading the Twilight book series by Stephanie Meyer. Too many of our teenagers were reading them for me not to know what the big deal was. Now I know. The books are good. And by good, I mean, they are well written, perfectly postured to the teenage mind (even more so toward the female mind in my opinion), thrilling, page turning, historical, legendary, romantic, and filled with real life family tension that any person can identify with.
My knee jerk is to say that the series isn't much different than other mythical writing (The Mists of Avalon, The Lord of the Rings, Prince Caspian). Each brings it's own villain and fantasy to the imagination. However, the Twilight series is so different from the normal fighting scenes of Lord of the Rings...there is a romantic element that may be far more powerful than the vampire subject.
How many girls wish for a type of relationship where you would sacrifice ANYTHING to be together? It's a pretty strong premise. I'm thinking maybe it's not vampires we should be worrying most about (since they don't exist) but our daughter's overwhelming need to feel deep and sacrificial love (hmmm...I wonder where they can get that?).
Parents ultimately need to make the choice about this series and their own children's involvement reading it. I'm just curious as to how many other youth workers are having this conversation? I'm trying to picture how this discussion is going to look in the small group circle, guards down, Doritos and Oreos in hand.
If you're a youth pastor or worker, or a parent of teenagers, pick up the first book and join the discussion. You'll be glad to be prepared. (the movie comes out 12.12.08)
Labels: Youth culture