Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twilight

By Reviewer Shawna (originally posted February 23, 2008)

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Primary Audience/age group: Young Adult
Genre: Thriller, Romance
# Of pages: 498
Year of Release: 2005
Part of a Series? Yes, 1 of 4
Rating: 2 View Scale
Recommend? No (See Below)

Description: The budding romance between Bella and Edward is anything but typical. It’s downright scary. Bella Swan is distinctively average herself until she finds the love of her life Edward in the gloomy little town of Forks. She discovers that he and his family are vampires, but even that doesn’t stop her from falling in love.

Review: Stephenie Meyer brings a new twist to the traditional vampire stories of death and mayhem. She weaves a tale of forbidden love between Edward and Bella that draws you in with utter abandon. The passion between them is so mesmerizing that you forget about the world around you. And that’s the main problem. It leads your mind away - ever so subtlety - down a road you want to take but knowingly will regret later.

Positive: Compared to most other vampire books, this one is much less gory. The Cullen family has chosen to rebel against their inborn desire to kill humans and hunt overpopulated animals instead. Carlisle, Edward’s adoptive father, has even chosen to become a doctor in order to save lives instead of take them. They are truly a family that lives by their convictions.

Spiritual Elements: Carlisle’s father was a Protestant pastor in the early 1600’s. Carlisle was following in his father’s footsteps until he was transformed into a vampire. His deeply-rooted religious beliefs caused him to despise what he had become, but he eventually came to the realization that he could control his blood lust, to a degree. He chose instead to hunt overpopulated animals and start a coven of vampires who would choose to follow his beliefs as well.

The vampires are compared to gods in regards to their remarkable beauty and immortal nature.

Violence: As a young vampire, Emmett, Edward’s brother gives into temptation and kills two unsuspecting women, which he later regrets. Before becoming a vampire, Esme, Edward’s adoptive mother, runs off a cliff and kills herself after her child dies. Carlisle, Edward’s adoptive father, brings her back to life by turning her into a vampire.

Bella is almost attacked by four men who have malice on their minds. She is rescued by Edward.

James, a visiting vampire, is a tracker, which means he hunts (tracks) humans with his senses in order to kill them. He has is sites set on Bella. Spoiler Warning: He traps her by telling her he will kill her mother. Then he attacks her, throwing her into a mirrored wall and breaking her leg. The only way to stop him is for the Cullen family to kill him. It is implied that they rip him to shreds and burn the body in order to succeed. The scene is somewhat bloody.

Language: H*** and different forms of d*** are mentioned a few times. At one point, Bella “internally curs[es] Jessica to the fiery parts of Hades” for telling another student a secret.

Sexual Content: To be perfectly honest, there are no inappropriate love scenes or risqué behavior to mention. But, the book is very intense, passionate, and sensual in regards to the love between Bella and Edward. They are star-crossed lovers, who have a huge obstacle between them. Edward is a vampire, and although he’s very much in love with Bella, he’s always tempted by her blood. He kisses her seductively several times. Edward tells Bella that they will never be able to be totally intimate because of his fear that he may lose control and kill her.

After Bella meets Edward, she begins to dream of him every night. He eventually admits that he watches her through her window every night. He is so afraid of losing her, he wants to protect her at every moment. He even spends the night in her bedroom, holding her until she falls asleep. Her father is unaware or else he would not approve.

The Cullen family consists of a mother and father, three adopted sons and two adopted daughters. They live in this manner as not to draw attention to themselves. The rumor going around school is that the children live as couples, which is true to an extent. Emmett and Rosalie are married, but their façade is that they act as brother and sister. Alice and Jasper are a couple as well, but there is no further mention of their relationship.

Other: Bella’s parents are divorced and her mother has remarried. In order to gain information about the Cullen family, Bella flirts with a younger boy. Bella is so nervous about seeing Edward, she takes cold medicine to fall asleep. There is a crude joke about heroine. Edward can hear others thoughts, and Alice can see the future to a degree. Bella is rude and disrespectful to a concerned adult.

Rating: 2 for intense sensuality/passion

Recommendation: Even though I greatly enjoyed the book, I think that is a bit too intense and that Bella and Edward's relationship could quickly and easily become very physical. It however does not result in premarital sex although their relationship is extremely passionate. Their behavior towards each other seems to be quite obsessive as well. The electricity between Edward and Bella was very mesmerizing. The book drew me in in such a way that my mind took their relationship way beyond what was actually written. This is a subject that hits very close to home for me. I love to read a good love story, but I would prefer a more God-centered tale that teaches about God’s perfect plan of intimacy within the context of marriage. I want to teach my daughter to have a pure heart and mind. Although the book is extremely well written and engaging, I am not able to recommend it to teens under 18.

135 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify the only error I caught...Alice and Jasper are a couple, and Rosalie and Emmett are the "married" couple.

Anonymous said...

Alice and Jasper are actually married.
"They are stated to be soul mates and have been legally married.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Cullen_%28Twilight%29)"

Anonymous said...

I think the fact that they are vampires and werewolves is alright
as long as you know that they aren't actually real

Anonymous said...

I've read all three books out so far, so I have to mention that when you said "seems to hold a supportive view of pre-marital sex" is completely untrue. In the third book Bella is very insistent that she has sex with Edward, but he says flat out no. He wants to protect her virtue (and his own as well).
Also, there's a bible story told by the character Jake in the third book, (the one with the two woman calamining a child as their own... he was going to be cut in half... etc. etc.)
One last thing - the father figure and influential man in the vampire world, Carlisle Cullen, (from what I have read thus far) stands completely firm in his faith, and is convinced that there is a heaven, and a God, etc.
So anyways, I think these books are very enjoyable, and I love them. Although I am mature enough to realize that it's completely fictional and there definitely is no such thing as vampires, so as long as you think your child will understand all this, I don't think there is any harm.

Shawna said...

Thank you all for your critiquing comments. I have updated the changes I felt were necessary. As far as the supportive view of premarital sex in the original review, it was only the impression I got from the first book without having read the others. I did update the recommendation with the accurate information.

Anonymous said...

When the Cullens are compared to gods because of their looks, the author probably meant the mythical gods of the Greeks and Romans. She, i believe, is not trying to say that the Cullens are gods just that they have that alluring appearance so that they can get their human prey, which they refuse to do. You also forget to mention the things the cullens go through to insure Bella's safety.

Anonymous said...

Like Abby, I have read all three books. I really was not interested in reading the books at first because they were about vampires and werewolves, and though I would love to blame my friend for forcing me to read the first few chapters of the first book (Twilight), I really have no one else to blame but my self for actually buying all three books and reading everything else that Ive missed. In short, I loved the plot, I loved the love story that blossomed between Bella and Edward and I loved the action packed storyline that kept me hooked until i finished reading the third book.

On the other hand, the morals that the books try to instill in the readers leave a lot to be questioned. For one thing, Bella's love for Edward consumes her to the point that she is willing to give up everything she has - her family, her friends, the life she knows, even her own soul, to be with Edward. It does sound very, very romantic. On the other hand, as a Christian, this is something that really bothered me. After all, what would it profit a [woman] to gain the whole world, to have the love is she dying to have, if she loses her own soul? The danger is that people who are unsure about the reality of heaven and hell might be led astray by Bella's seemingly right decision, no matter how romantic it sounds.

Another thing that did not seem quite right was how Edward's reason for not consummating a more intimate physical relationship with Bella was the fact that he might kill her. The writer does mention marriage in the plot; on the other hand, it seems that marriage and valuing each other's purity was not the most important reason for delaying sex. The writes points out that given another circumstance, Edward would give in to Bella's desires if it was safe enough for her. The danger is that even Christan readers might believe that sex without the commitment of marriage is permissible. It is the thoughts of the heart that counts, and pleasing God is not in theirs. Both Bella and Edward's virtues are being desecrated already whether they actually commit the act or not because pleasing God by delaying sex is not their priority.

All in all, I concluded that it is not the fact that the books are about vampires and werewolves that cause me to be troubled. It is the message that is engraved in the book that might cause people to be lead astray that does bothers me.

Nonetheless, if the books actually did me any good, it made me examine my heart and what exactly it is that I as a Christian would do (or NOT do) in the same situation as Bella.

It is true that the books are very entertaining. On the other hand, it is not something I would recommend to someone who might stumble in their walk with God because of its content.

To Christian readers, enjoy your freedom. By all means don't let other people dictate what you are allowed to read and what you are not allowed to read. On the other hand, if you know that certain messages in books will lead you astray and shake your faith, stop reading it. And dont let your love for books or reading take away the time that you spend seeking God.

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little naive said...

To anonymous above
Thankyou that is exactly what I needed to hear.
I started reading twilight and like everyone else in the world (it seems) was captivated by them. More than once I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading them...but something didn't stick with me right. The kissing scenes where SO intence. Not that they did anything but they where playing with fire. God examines the heart.
Their relationship consumed their world and they seemed to live only for each other which may be very tempting in a relationship but God made us for more than that.
Ok enough about that. These characters where not saved, or at least didn't claim to be but myself as a reader felt conviced in reading them and stoped because of the intencity of the relationship being described. Yet eversence then I have really really wanted to keep reading. I don't know what it is about them...but thank you anonymous for your comment. It's what I needed to hear.

Anonymous said...

My 17 yo daughter has been a fan of Twilight for a year. I homeschool,so I never have much time to read fun fiction. I had to carve out time to read these books, she was so into them. Needless to say, I read them all in 2 1/2 days. WOW! I had no idea she was reading such a "dangerous" book. When I say dangerous...I mean spiritually.

I am a mature christian, 21 years a believer. Keeping a teens focus on God is hard enough already without the distraction of such wordly passion put into the mix. We are not to be of this world and this book makes this world to young, vulnerable readers delicious. My daughter thankfully has not waivered her faith from this saga, but has said,"If I would of found this 2 years ago I may of strayed."

The sexual passion in this book is very intense. The bible teaches us not to burn with desire for the flesh. This book is on fire with it. Yes, they don't actually have sex, but they can't because he may kill her. He is clear that he would cross the line in Eclipse. The only reason why they don't is due to her convincing him it would be best for her not to. Not that she is morally convicted to wait for marriage, because she dosen't want to doom his soul to hell.

Yes, the book is action packed, fun, romantic, exciting, suspensful and entertaining. I love the feeling of first love. Dosen't everyone...I even remember that far back. It was a nice escape for me for a couple of days. My daughter even wanted to read Pride and Prejudice. Although, that book is another story...Sorry, I am rambling.

My conclusion is I agree with Shawna. Unfortunatly, my daughter has influenced several other chritian girls to read this series, before I read it for myself. She won't be telling anymore teens to read it now.

Thanks, for listening, LK

Anonymous said...

I personally think that the Twilight Saga is not for everyone, especially those young and not strong in their faith. I am a sixteen year old who read the first book (Twilight), and was completely taken in by the romance and over all thrill of the story. It was so out of the ordinary and so different that I was completely hooked. My best friend and I read the book together, and we both basically fell in love with Edward. We loved his willingness to do anything, even stay away from Bella to keep her safe and alive. We both love Pride and Prejudice, and are, frankly, suckers for love stories, but I fear for A) younger girls reading a book with such passion, and then desiring that very thing for them selfs, and B) girls, and women for that matter, who aren't deeply rooted in their faith. This book could be potentially dangerous for anyone under the age of 16, anyone who has a weakness with romance that is not centered around God, and those young in their faith that are easily persuaded one way or the other.

I think that this book should only be read if you have a firm, strong relationship with God, and you know that it will not cause you to sin, or wish for sin. If you have a problem with desire for sexual impurity, and you are really struggling with that, RED FLAG!!! Don't read it.

I hope this was slightly helpful, coming from the, I think, intended audience (+16). I know that some people will struggle with the content, and some will struggle with the seemingly absence of God, but for fiction, it was well written, and an intriguing read.
God bless!

Anonymous said...

I didn't have time to read all the other reviews, so maybe this has already been addressed.

I think it's important to consider Edward's treatment of Bella. I'm only halfway through Twilight, but I'm noticing a trend in his behavior that can only be described as bipolar. He is alternately furious and infatuated with her. He blames his fury on his love for her. He drags her down the street by the back of her shirt and orders her into a vehicle. She is blind to the fact that this behavior is borderline abusive. Her infatuation is so deep that she has lost the ability to demand that she be treated with respect by a man. His physicality is emphasized and glorified but no mention has been given so far to his inappropriate, unkind, inconsistent behavior.

I do not like that this book is treating this sort of behavior in a relationship as normal. It sets the precedent that "If he's hot enough, he can treat me however he wants." This is unhealthy in the extreme, and if you choose to let your daughters read this book, ought to be a discussion topic later. Make sure she doesn't buy into this!!!

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munchkin said...

I'm sorry but most of the people who commented above clearly don't understand these books. In Eclipse Edward explains that his main reason for not having premarital sex with Bella (other than not wanting to kill her accidentally) is that he wants to save her virtue, and his, by following the Ten Commandments as closely as he is able to. Someone pointed out that the morals that are taught by the book are wrong. Again I'm sorry but they clearly aren't. If anything the main moral of this story is to have hope. In New Moon there is a part where Edward thinks that he is dead. And as the person who commented about morals pointed out, he doesn't think he has a soul, but when he sees Bella he says, "Amazing, Carlisle was right." He means that Carlisle was right about vampires having a soul and being able to go to heaven.
Also, Stephanie Meyer is mormon. So the kisses wouldn't have become sex even if Edward wasn't a vampire. I am mormon as well, so I have a slightly more than fairly good idea what her standards and morals are.
One of the people who commented said she is a 16 yr old girl who found these innapropriate for younger ages. I am 14. My sister is 11. My friend is 14. Three of my other friends are 13. Two of my thirteen year old friends are mormon. NONE of us have found anything wrong with these books. NONE of us have felt the urge to "stray in our faith" because there is nothing in this book that would lead to that if you just read it with an open mind! If you only read Twilight and then decided these books were bad that was because you didn't read the next books, which explain everything supposedly "bad" in the previous books!This is not a spiritually dangerous series! If it was the author wouldn't be MORMON!

Anonymous said...

Ok...why is everyone saying that people under 16 or those not stong in their faith can't read this?? i personally found nothing that made me want to stumble in this book. Yes there were some intense sceens of romance in this, but i felt that it wasn't a problem. And Edward is not an abusive boyfriend, he is trying to do the right thing but is angry at himself for loving Bella when it puts her in danger. Yes he is a little bipolar but he is trying to the right thing but he loves her to much just to leave her. I am just curious to why you guys think that. I realize some of Bella's flaws but i never saw anything that would cause even weak christian to stumble. I would really appriciate some insight on this...thanks

Stephanie said...

An anonymous commenter above said something along the lines of "you should only read this if you are a strong believer". My question is, if you are a strong believer WHY would you want to read these books. Regardless of how "good" these vampires are, they are still mythical beings that many people "give life" to in their imaginations and some people even practise this lifestyle. It's clearly darkness. What fellowship does light have darkness??

These are my views, I'm not trying to make anyone upset.

I have a friend obssesed with the books, a strong Christian, she is waiting in line to get the last book and I couldnt help but ask her "If Jesus published a new book, would you wait in line at midnight to get it too or would you swing by the bookstore sometime that week to pick up your copy"

We are sadly becoming a people who are fascinated by anything but the man-Christ we call saviour. We are captivated by so much of the media. We are polluting our temples with darkness.

Again, I have a trong view on this. Not trying to make anyone mad :o)

Gary said...

I just finished reading Twilight and, although I liked the story and the action, I was disappointed in the book from a Christian point of view. I agree with the earlier posters that the book certainly does make the "pursuits of the flesh" enticing (whether it is Bella wanting sex or Edward wanting to drink her blood - an interesting euphamism for sex). I had a couple of other problems with it, as well. Bella consistently hides her relationship with Edward from her father. As a Christian man, I believe if a girl feels the need to hide a relationship from her father, she should be questioning the relationship. Additionally, the book glamorizes the girl chasing the "dangerous" boyfriend. Early in the book I felt Bella and Edward's relationship was borderline abusive. If she is afraid to say something because it may set him off, then that is abusive (at least mentally). Plus there was the constant threat of the physical danger. Now I have not read the second book and based on the romantic nature of this book, I believe that was not necessarily the ultimate direction the author was intending to go, but it was in this book, none the less. Overall, I would only recommend this to mature teenagers who are strong in their faith.

Anonymous said...

To the younger audience posting on this board. If you do not see anything wrong with this book, that is exactly the problem. Books like this make you believe there is nothing wrong with a slighlty abusive relationship (which can then move into a not so slightly abusive relationship). I understand that the Mormon author deliberately had the main characters be chaste and pure, even Edward's bloodlust was kept under control. Sex in the real world is exactly the same. Do you really think that when you get into a situation where you're alone with a boy (and your parents don't know you're with him) and you start kissing that he can and will keep himself under the same control as Edward does with Bella? Books like this can make you believe it to be so, and for some people it definitely is, but not for everyone. The point that I am trying to make is that IF you are not mature, or if your parents aren't taking an active role in your development, a book like this can make you believe things that put you into a dangerous situation. That is what we mean when we say we would only recommend this book to mature people or people strong in their faith.

Nicole said...

Ok i'm 19 and I am reading Eclipse right now. and i guess while reading the first 2 i didn't see what you guys were saying...but now that they have been pointed out. Yeah, it could make a newer christian stumble. I still would recommend the book. I didn't in any way see their relationship as abusive. Actually while reading it, it is a lot like my current fiance's and my relationship. the intensity and all.

blondiie95 said...

i am almost 13. Alot of people i know have read twilight and said it was addicting. they don't even like to read but they couldn't put the book down. the read it in the bath tub in the car and just EVERYWHERE! I thought that maybe i should read it if it was that good of a book.i asked my friends and they said it was great and about a vampire. when me and my mom came home with the book yesterday, my sister(Who is 17) and dad seemed a little iffy about it. My sisters friends had said it was awesome but had a bit to much talk of sex and other passionite feelings. So my dad was looking at reveiws and found this website. When i wokeup this morning he came and told me that he read some reveiws and he did not think it would be the best book for a young godly girl to read. at first i was kinda mad/sad that i couldnt read the book that EVERYONE always was talking about. when i got on the computer this morning, this reveiw page was still up. i read the reveiws and realized that my father was just looking out for me and my spiritually walk. i dont think i could have read this book with out filling my mind with thoughts of sex and intamite relationships . I just wanted to thank everyone who wrote on this reveiw for watching out for your brothers and sisters in christ.

Twilight Lover and Hater said...

Thank you to everyone for their comments. They have helped me put into words what I was feeling. I loved the creativity of the story and the excitement, but I find some strong issues in the spiritual parts of the books. I am thankful that I have been given the discernment to see problems in what is mainly accepted by nonbelievers. This book should not be read by those weak or undiscerning in their Christian faith.

Anonymous said...

Thanks SO much for your review. My friend in TOTALLY in love with the series, but I'm thinking she may regret putting those mental images in her brain later. I haven't read the books, and now that you said that you wouldn't recomend it to teens, It confirms what I had previously thought. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

To all the previous reviewers:
Your comments all hold merit to some degree or another; however, I am surprised by all that not one of you mentioned the purposeful mis-use of cold medication that is contained within the storyline of Twilight! As the mother of a teenager who read the book before me, I was much more concerned with the planting of potetially dangerous drug abuse ideas, than the controlled passion of teenagers. As a parent, I have enough "known" troubles to steer my child away from, I don't appreciate the author suggesting new ones.
In closing, I think those that have reservations on this series of books have a misguided focus of concern. Premarital sex is not the issue. If anything the books show how intense love can be without sex; How commited and fulfilling just a relationship can be. As a parent, the ideas of passion, lust and even premarital sex are not what frighten me for my child. Deadly violence, abuse of OTC's and the casual acceptance that these behaviors are somehow acceptable is much more dangerous to my child's spirtual journey.
May God's love continue to bless you all,
Mrs. "Z"

Anonymous said...

I have TWO points.

ONE, is to warn against the popular belief found in some of the reviewers ... that it is ok to read these books if you are a "strong beleiver" or "a muture Christian." I think that is a miseleading and dangerous argument.

One of the consequences of such a reasoning could be that a "mature, strong Christian" might be made "less strong" could be lead astray.

He who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.

If you think you are strong, be careful, that is the perfect opportunity for Satan to put something in your path to make it easy to fall.

Notice, I did not say, don't read them. I say instead, be careful what defenses you use to justify the reading thereof.

I'll admit, I haven't actually read the entirety of Twilight. I skimmed the first half of it, reading in detail some of the scenes etc.

I work in a bookstore and when the 4rth book, Breaking Dawn came out, teen girls were coming in, practically panting for the book. The backorders for warehouses all over the States on the 3rd book Eclipse was still into the millions.

I wanted to see what the rave was about, what skill the author was using to engage her readers so intensely that the media clips I saw on the internet was calling Stephenie Meyer's series an 'eclipse' of Harry Potter.

The beginning of the book does a good job "snagging" the reader. There is definitely an effectiveness in the fist person perspective which mirrors "Jane Eyre."

BUT My SECOND point is the following:

The author's descriptions of the romantic scenes are extremely sensual, but with a slight restraint of "keeping her characters out of the pre-marital bed."

Heres my thoughts on that. I once was part of a secular writing group. One of the ladies wrote "romance" which until I began reading her stuff, had no idea that that was really a euphemism for women's pornography. Her characters "slept together" half way through the book and I of course skipped pages of what I later found to be graphic material as revealed by the discussion in the following meeting.

But, my point is this: I found no motive to read the rest of the book. It seemed to me that the tension was removed, the couple got together in the most intimate and final sense, the only action left in the book was the peripheral mystery which was as substantial to the point of the book as air is to whipped cream.

Meyer's, whether intentionally doing so or not, has created an effective marketing tool by postponing any "sex" scenes. I believe there is less concern for the purity or "safety" of Bella and Edward and a greater obsession with holding off the "most intimate of intimate" in order to draw audiences along.

Anonymous said...

I have to say that as I read reviews, I am astounded at many of the comments. Where are all of the parents? I made the mistake of allowing my daughter to read Twilight because one of my close believing friends had read it, as well as her mother, and said they "weren't bad". After discovering the real content of these books, I'm saddened that so many think they're "strong" enough to endure such writing that is the opposite of what God wants us to fill our minds with. There is no middle ground with the supernatural--it's either of God or it's not. Being set apart from what the world sees as popular is exactly what God means when He says, "Be holy as I am holy."

Anonymous said...

i have found, after reading all four of the books that there are actually quite alot of paralells between Edward Cullen and Jesus. I know that sounds really strange but it is actually quite real. Here are a few of the main parallels - he lives forever, he can pretty much do anything, not human and saves humans.
Also, all the differences between Jesus and Edward Cullen are just Making out Jesus as the better one.
I just had that thought, any comments?
I have read all the books and i see nothing wrong with them, i am 14 years old and i am a christian and have been all my life, i have had no problems reading the books though the new one, breaking dawn, Edward and bella do have sex but they do not describe it at all, it jsut says that they did it. Also they are happily married when they do have sex which is a good thing. My mum read twilight after me and she has had no problems with it and she is not worrrid in any context, she absolutly loves the books.

Anonymous said...

This book carefully leads you to push moral lines and to be obsessed with sex and bodies. The first book is not that bad, but it is sneaky.

Surndr said...

Thank you for your site. I have been struggling on whether i should read this book or not so i goggled christian reviews of it.Your site was the first to pop up. I will not be reading this book. I will however be reading your blog often. thank you this is a valuable site
(i am a teen) :P

A. Newcastle said...

Hi Katelynn -

I stumbled across your site looking for a Christian review of the "Twilight" series. Admittedly, I did so a bit late as I have read 3 of the 4 books now. I did so for the same reason I read the "Harry Potter" series - curiosity. I wanted to know if the controversy was all hype or not.

The comments here are very enlightening. I have a hard time passing judgment on the Twilight books (if "judgment is even the proper term to use) because I see both positive and negative elements. But I am willing to take a leap of faith here and say that the positive elements won out here and even took me by surprise on a few occasions. A couple examples:

1. The concept of redemption.

Now, I'm not a big sci-fi/horror genre reader, so I don't usually pick up stories that involve mythical creatures, but I have to say that the Twilight books caught my attention when they began toying with the idea of redemption. The author seems to use the character Carlisle to convey this with the story of his Christian father and his continued insistence on the idea of redemption for those whom most would consider damned (the vampires). His career choice as a doctor and his choice to abstain from seemingly overwhelming temptations presents an interesting question for those grappling with the idea of heaven, hell, sin and redemption.

2. Bella and Edward's relationship


First, I have to say that I read this story fully expecting the author to eschew the idea of traditional marriage in a situation with such untraditional characters. I was pleasantly surprised - no, shocked - to see Edward's insistence on marriage as a pre-requisite to a physical relationship not only taken seriously but actually, for once, not presented in teen literature as something antiquated or laughable. For me, that fact alone turned the story into a real "romance" in my opinion. There were obviously other elements that I wasn't in favor of such as the deception, and the occasionally graphic kissing, etc - but I think those things are certainly relevant to most teens today and when presented in the context of self-control and marriage they take on a whole new dimension.

3. The ides of self-sacrifice and family

The whole Jacob story/sub-plot to me seems to echo some important truths about redemption (mentioned above) but also brings out a few awesome points about the togetherness of family and the intensely close ties that can be shared throughout generations. The families in the La Push reservation seem to exemplify this quality and are presented in stark contrast to today's modern society where the young people often give little or no regard to their elders. Even Jacob (at the beginning) seems to think that his grandfather's stories are nonsense, but later on comes to realize the importance of tradition and family ties.

I'd go so far as to say that there are some Biblical similarities with Jacob from the Bible and the Jacob here, but I think that might be stretching the author's intent a bit. But who knows?

Anyways, those are my two cents. I wouldn't recommend the books to very young readers due to mild violence and the like, but I think that they definitely have redeeming qualities and present some heavy issues in a refreshingly new and surprisingly Bibical way.

mississippiskippy said...

When my adult niece gave Twilight to my 15 yr. old to read this summer, I was somewhat concerned about the theme & content of the book. My niece knows that I have very conservative views & assured me that it was appropriate, so I let my daughter proceed. I kept questioning her about whether there was sexaul content or not. Later in the summer my 20 year old began the series, too. I have never seen them so interested in a group of books! Because I believe it is my responisbility as a Christian parent to guide my children in truth, and because someone at church questioned whether it was appropriate, I decided to read the books myself & see what all the hype was.

I do not usually choose the fantasy genre--preferring Christian fiction--so that was the first challenge for me. However, the books were easy to read, and hard to put down.

While I liked the book generally, there were some themes that disturbed me (also mentioned by other reviewers)--the way the Cullen's were discribed as god-like in their beauty & the way Bella seemingly "worshipped" Edward. Also, as was mentioned in a previous review, the way that Bella would give up everything for Edward. I believe that some teens (and adults) are too easily led by emotions that can get them into trouble.

I was pleased with the fact that Carlisle seemed to understand redemption somewhat & that he helped his family rise above their natural propensity to prey on human life. I was also pleased with the fact that Edward held to not having premarital sex. I was disturbed, though, by Bella's continual willingness to put them in a situation that a normal teen would find hard to get out of. I believe that many teens commit to sexual purity & really want that to be a reality; however when they put themselves in a compromising situation, it is hard to say "no" when their hormones are saying "yes".

To parents of teens who are reading or want to read this book, I say--use caution & read it yourself. Only you know your child.

As I read the books, I was impressed with the idea that my daughters & I should have a "book club" type review session to discuss the book. I want my children to be able to discern truth, fiction & lies in any media/entertainment they come in contact with & measure it against God' truth. I want to help them develop a Biblical worldview & use that to guide them. Before long, they will both be adults and will not rely on me to help discern the truth.

In reviewing the book together, we have been able to discuss the things that were appropriate, those that were questionable, and talk about what they would do if put in a similar situation (not that they will ever come in contact with a vampire ;-).

My daughters really liked the series--they understand that it is fictional and entertainment only. I enjoyed a visit into their world, as well as the opportunity to strengthen our relationship & discuss our faith together.

Use your common sense, God's guidance, & be involved in the lives of your teens!

Meg said...

Thanks to all of ya'll who have posted reviews! Several Christian friends of mine LOVE these books, but after reading the back of Twilight, I suddenly was unsure of what to do. It's supposed to be good, but how far would the author go with the romance? After reading most - if not all - of these reviews, I've decided to wait at the least, though I probably won't end up reading them. I feel like I am maturing in Christ daily, but I don't like the idea of testing the strength of my will to not give into the temptation of love (not sex so much as passion) in something that I do not have to - I'm not all that strong, I guess you would say, in the love area, even though I know Christ can and will help me, I'm too keen on refusing Him. Satan seems to get into me the easiest through seemingly harmless fiction that develops into something out of control. I was worried when I first looked at Christian review sites and couldn't find a review of Twilight; apparently most sites only review Christian literature (which I love and read all the time) with different perspectives. Having a site review non-Christian books by a Christian standard is WONDERFUL!! Once again, thank ya'll so much for helping a doubtful teen! =D

In Christ,
Meg

The Saved Depraved said...

OK. So I admit, this is a parental post. As such I will admit to being overly cautious, boring, and a truly committed geeky fuddy-duddy (or is that fuddy-daddy?). HOWEVER can i bring up one point, totally ignored in all the other posts?

These are vampires, people. Not 'oh by the way, it a really great love story, and it happens to feature a really cute vampire," but for real (ficttional) vampires. Does that in itself not give us as Christians cause for pause.

Why you may ask. Well, for one, there is the whole, if 'I drink this blood i can be eternal' thing. The bible clearly directs us that 'without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.' The blood was first the blood of sacrificial lambs, then the blood of Chirst. The concept of drinking 'blood' and consuming 'flesh' (symbolically) was given to us by Christ at the last supper. At that time he said, "As often as you do this, do this in rememberance of me." The whole vampire myth 1)seeks immortality apart from Christ 2) makes mockery of the blood sacrifice and communion, and 3) sees blood-lust as a means to an end, rather than an act ordained by Christ to symbolize identity with him in his death burial and ressurection.

Wasn't it Satan who first whispered, "Did God really say..." and later implies that God was only jealous and afraid that we might become like him if we ate from the tree. Sadly we are still living with the Echoes of Eden ringing in our ear. At the edge of every cultural conundrum we hear those same dealdy whispers. "C'mon is it really as bad as all that? God just doesn't want you to have any fun. All your friends are doing it."

I am not advocating running and hiding from all elements of modern culture, but we should at least use discernment and refuse that which flies in the face of God at its core.

Pertaining to the other issues addressed by others far more adequate than I, I can only add "whatever is good, whatever is holy, whatever is noble, whatever is true, think on these." With that as a litmus test, will this book stand?

Finally i will leave you with one last condemning thought. ONe which has plagued me of late in regards to my own viewing habits (TV and Movies). Things which are not 'bad' but are not needful. In Jeremiah 3:3, 6:15, and 8:12 God speaks a damning indictment against Israel. "are they ashamed of thier loathesome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; They have forgotten how to blush.

Lord forgive us for forgetting the concept of shame in our rush to be culturally relevant and socially accpeted.

Okay, I am through, I will go back to fathering my own kids and being their fuddy-daddy. (pray for them, having to put up with me has to be a challenge). Besides, I think and episode of sponge bob is about to start.

Sign me,
One Of The Saved Depraved

Evan said...

I would like to address a misconception that I have noticed occuring multiple times on this page in some of the earlier comments.
I'll start by admittiing that I have not read any of Meyer's books- I'm a guy and don't think I would enjoy a fantasy romance [even though I love fantasy]. However, I know people who have read these books- some of them are guys- and all that I have heard is "Oh, these books are great. Yes, there's some inappropriate content, I wouldn't exactly recommend them, but..." the point I am making is that there can be no "but". Jesus says that as His disciples we are called to abstain from every appearance of evil. The issue is not necessarily- "Does it cause me to stumble?" If that were to be the litmus test for appropriate entertainment, then I should be able to watch any movie that is riddled with profanity- I'm a visual person, after all, so I shouldn't have too much trouble cleansing my mind of filthy words. But no, that's not the issue. It doesn't matter if I stumble or not- the primary issue is, would Jesus particpate in this? What would He find objectionable about it? And if He would not read these books, then why on earth should I?
A number of people have said in their comments that "You can read these books if you are a mature Christian- but if you are newly saved, then don't." That is twisted logic. If you are a mature Christian, then this means that the life of Christ is more completely manifested in you, which means that you will hate sin and abstain from it more and more. The point is that maturity in Christ results in increasingly fleeing from sin, not tolerating it more and more.
In conclusion- don't read the Twilight books. Look at me- I haven't read them, and I am perfectly fine. There's plenty of other good literature out there that doesn't have to employ sensual imagery to suck in its readers.

confused said...

From Confused!!! Hello I am trying to figure out if i should read Twilight but I don"t know the reviews on this web site says not recommended for girls under 15. And I am 12 turning 13. I want to read it but my mom is saying she does not want me to because she thinks it will make a bad influence she says it is not a very good christian book. So someone please write a review. start it of by dear confused and than tell me what I should do. Oh and only write back if you are a christian please i would like a christian opinion.

Lysandra Elena said...

I would like to thank Evan for his honesty. We definitely should avoid the appearance of evil. I just finished Twilight and I'm questioning whether I'll read the rest of this series. The problem is the way the book draws you in- it's such a strong pull, with the romance/suspense factors and all. I'll definitely be praying about this-whether to read the rest of the books.

Anonymous said...

Dear Confused,

I am a Mom with two daughters, and I would like to tell you to follow what your Mom is telling you to do! She is only protecting you and has your best interest at heart. The bible tells us to honor our father and mother that we may have a long good life full of blessings. By you doing what your Mom has asked you not to do you are not ony honoring her but God, as well, and He will bless you for it in the end. She will be proud that you did what was right and you will also be proud of yourself.

Anonymous said...

I am a 12 year old christian. Me and my freinds love the twilight series. I think it is fun and exciting. I would definetly recomend it. Edwrd does have good morals. Everything he does is to protect Bella. He loves her and tries to convice her to stay mortal. He is not an abusive boyfreind. He is never even angry at bella. He is always either angrry at himself for putting bella in danger or he was angry that one time on bella and Jess's shopping trip at the other men. It is made clear that Edward would never do anything to hurt Bella. Stephenie Meyer does not go into any detail on Bella aand edwards honeymoon. By the way, it was their honeymoon. They were happily married. For all of the people who think that it is unchristian because it has vampires and werewolves, it says right on the cover of the book that it is fiction. Not even realistiic fiction, fantasy. As for the "crude joke about heroine" I showed that joke to my own overprotective parent and even she says that it is nothing to get worked up about. I think that this book is fun to read and it would never mess with my relationship with god.

Anonymous said...

This is confused again actually my name is Kelsey and thank you very much for responding to my comment? i would like to tell who ever wrote me back that my mom said i could read twilight but she would have to keep a close eye on what it talks about on there. And that she is reading it to so she can make sure it is ok!! thank you so much for who ever wrote back that really helped alot...and i was just wondering are you a mom too or are you a 12 year old girl to and i was wondering what church you go to???

Anonymous said...

Well, without going too deep into all of this, (I understand all of these viewpoints,) it's a nice change to see a book published for young people that does not feature the main characters diving into sex and all sorts of other activities. I have read the series just to see what all of the fuss was about. (I am a student teacher this semester and I wanted to figure out a way to relate to my students a little better.) I admired Bella and Edward's ability to place value of their virtue and save sex for marriage. No matter where we are in our Christian walk, no one said it would be easy. It is a struggle day to day and I think this series illustrates very well how much of a struggle it is to maintain purity but reveals in the end that it CAN be done by the average human (and vampire alike.)

In a world full of divorce I appreciated that for once, an author is portraying a close and happy family, even though they happen to be a family of mostly adopted vampires. None of the characters rebel against a parental or authority figure which is rare in contemporary young adult fiction, but on the contrary, treat them with old-fashioned respect.

These books are far from perfect and are probably only meant for older teens to young adults, BUT I think there are many Christian values embedded in this series that are simply very well hidden.

I have though for a while that the biggest reason why so many young girls are flocking to this series is that the books portray many strong male leaders that are both protective, virtuous, and loyal,....which is something that has really fallen by the wayside in an era where dysfunctional, broken households are the norm. Anyway, I think the fervor for this series is a loud cry that the young people, (girls especially,) are in desperate need of something more. But I don't think they're going to find it in a book series,....more like Jesus. : D

Anonymous said...

As a youth pastor and Christian school principal, I say this...get real girls! A boy and girl "cuddling" in bed and not resulting in sex is not exactly the norm and it is not a recmommended path to purity. The danger of these books it that they walk you as close to the edge of sensuality without any ramifications. The true can be said about the occult. Technically, there are no issues, but it is a dangerous curiousity that is sparked.

Anonymous said...

I have heard all about Twilight and about how great it is. Almost all of my friends have read the book and some all of the books in this series.
Today I was begging my mom to let me read this book and she said that she would have to look into it and read some reviews. I found this page and read some of them myself. I am so thankful I had found this page because I was really close to buying the book. I had heard some things about the romance and such in it and thought that the book must be ok if a lot of my Christian friends are reading it. THe movie is actually coming out in about three weeks, and now I am probably not going to see it. Though from what I have heard, Twilight sounds like an action packed and exciting book, I don't think that as a growing Christian I should put such things in my head.

Thank you so much for these reviews!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a nineteen year old christian girl struggling to think WHY I want to read these series. I think I might, but I have some lingering doubts. As a young teenager, barely 12-13, I foolishly started reading christian romances. These romances, while God-centered, merely whetted my appetite for a passionate romance. This unfortunately lead to some even more foolish choices in ungodly romances. I won't go into detail, but I regretted reading those romances while I was still so young.

I have many questions about Twilight and I want to warn these young 12-13 year olds about love stories. They can be deadly traps, taking your eyes off of God. I am planning to read these books, but I do not go into these books thinking I am very strong in my faith. That is another reason why I stayed away from Harry Potter. I have a tendency to love supernatural, magic stories that could potentially destroy my relationship with God. Another issue is that it is about vampires. They are typically signs of evil. I would strongly recommend great discernment.

I read the reviews and they seem very fair, but I want to warn my little sisters in Christ to take these issues to your parents and let them decide. My mother warned me about these romances and I stupidly refused to listen. How I wish I had listened to her advice! Girls of 12-13 and even older do not have the wisdom to know better. I read some of the comments from girls that age and I want them to know that while you may enjoy these stories now, they will haunt you later. Especially with a charismatic character like Edward. He is not real and in real life, men like him COULD be potentially dangerous.

As for the "fuddy-duddy" dad, I wish more fathers were like you. Your love and protection for your family is a shining example and I hope my husband, whoever he is, will be like you.

I do not mean to condemn anyone. But especially for young girls, I have been there and I regret it. It has affected me now. I would strongly urge you to take this up with your parents.

Anonymous said...

The discussion on this page points out the exact problem with these books. It is a blurry line. In case Christians haven't noticed lately, we are descending into a Satanic world. Church attendance is way down, partly due to the ineffectiveness and out-of-touchness of the modern church, and partly due to culture. Do you think that world-wide Satanic culture before Christ returns is instantaneously forced on the world? Did the serpent stick the fruit in Eve's mouth? No, he coaxed her into eating it, blurring the lines between what God commanded and what he wished to happen to the point where Eve thought it was GOOD to eat the fruit. If a book is so questionable on the line between whether is suitable or not for Christians, especially young Christian ladies, but it is impossible to put down... I don't see much doubt in today's world that it IS NOT appropriate. Nevermind the obvious darkening of the world. Nevermind the fact that for the first time in human history all the apocalyptic predictions of the Bible could actually be achieved on a global scale. Just look at how Satan works in the bible. He even tries to rationalize with Jesus, trying to blur the lines of right and wrong with the very Creator of those lines. The wall between God and man is built brick by brick. This is just one more brick in the wall. Women are the final creation of God and Satan delights in bringing them down first.

Caitlyn said...

Here's my review/ opinion...
Okay, I'm 11 and all around the middle school all you hear is TWILIGHT. I felt really left out and EVERYONE was recommending it so I started reading the first book. I am madly in love with it and I am only at about pg. 140. I really love how all of it seems so realistic even though its totally fiction. The whole love story is just so interesting. The love seems so real. It's so addicting. I can't wait till the movie! I am trying to finish it before then, so im going to go read now.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, something about that book seems all wrong to me. I read to about page 260, and when I came back to reality to finish my homework, I had this scary feeling that I should NOT be reading that book...like I was making a HUGE mistake. I'm not saying that is how it is with everyone..but all I know is it gives me the heebie jeebies!

Anonymous said...

Hello. I am a 12 year old girl about to turn 13, and I happened to notice a pattern here. I have read the entire series and although I have noticed that Edward is a little bipolar, I think it is wonderful how loyal and protective he is of Bella. Even though vampires and werewolves are staples for evil and gore, these books present them in a new way. The Cullen family do abstain from hurting humans, and the father of the family is even a doctor who saves many lives, and resorts only to changing patients when the situation is desperate. The father believes in God, and believes there is a heaven, also. I have also noticed that there are certain sensual scenes, but there are no inappropriate details, and they only have sex after they are happily married. I just think the books were a great read, and I know that it is just fiction. I have been a Christian my entire life, and these books haven't caused me to lose focus.

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Anonymous said...

Hello all,
I am a young teenager who is saved and I stand up for good morals and values. I love the Twilight series and I have read all of the books. Yes, I believe that these books are not appropriate for younger children and people that do not have a firm foundation in God, but I believe they are ok for those who know what is right and wrong.

an english teacher said...

I am a 26 year old english teacher, and I read these books originally because so many students were reading them and I like to be familiar with popular youth lit.

I have to admit, I was sucked into the stories. Stephanie Meyer is a very talented author. Really, the plotlines are almost ridiculous (especially as the series progresses - the final imprinting of Jacob after all of that love triangle angst was very supernatural soap-opera...) but she is able to make the ridiculous engaging and entertaining.

Another (teacher) friend of mine and I were also impressed with the way that Meyer's morals were inserted into the book without being "preachy" - thus making them feel more relevent to a teen audience; clearly, the author is in favor of waiting until marriage to have sex, and Bella's complete resistance to the idea of abortion (even in the face of something possibly being "wrong" with her baby) was nice to see.

Personally, I would reccommend that PARENTS take the time to read as many of these (or ANY) books that their children want to read as possible, so that they can discuss them with their children (or decide whether they think their child should avoid one altogether).

It is very difficult to live in our society without being exposed to popular stories - whether in books or film or t.v. I'm not saying that we should allow our children (or ourselves) to watch or read any and everything out there, but if your child is mature enough, I think sometimes they are better off reading or watching it WITH you so that meaningful discussion can take place about it. Then perhaps they will have the confidence and tools they need to have meaningful discussion with others about the same, or be more discerning about other books and movies (especially as they get older and won't always have their parents present to protect and shelter them from the world...)

Over all, the greatest concern is likely the nature of the fantasy - focused on vampires and werewolves, which work as an excellent vehicle for the story being told (the "star-crossed" lovers, redemption, etc...) but could lead to interest in other books of the same genre, of which many are exceptionally inappropriate...

an english teacher said...

Just thought I should add...

I am likely coming at this from a pretty different angle than most people posting here. I am neither a parent, nor a 15 year old girl. I am looking at this book from the point of view of an english teacher. So, I'm not asking "Should this book be read?" because the point seems pretty moot. The book IS being read. Lots and LOTS of people are reading this book. So it seems more helpful to me (since, honestly, I DON'T think the book is particularly immoral thematically) to look at is as a resource for teacheable moments. How great then to use these stories as a way to broach issues like obsessive love (which, let's face it, is not an uncommon daydream of many teen girls who love the idea of wanting and being wanted so completely). Or perhaps, spark debates on capital punishment (Edward is an admitted murderer, but justified his killings at the time because he only killed "evil" men.)

I even think there is value in having read together and discussing (with older teens) The Golden Compass. (This is a trilogy I disliked and was uncomfortable with even when I read it back in high school. No one had told me not to read it. At the time, most peole hardly knew about it - everyone was too busy yelling at J.K. Rowling to notice Pullman's MUCH more subversive novels... I didn't have anyone else to talk about it with, and had to struggle through what bothered me about it on my own.

How much better to be able to learn from such situations and have some sort of parent or mentor discuss with you WHY it is wrong, so that you have the tools to be able to defend your faith in the face of other uneasy situations.)

I'd be interested to hear what others think about my perspective on this.

Just a personal opinion said...

I read the Twilight series several years ago, and I found that it was something that I was completely sucked into. It envelopd me, and I was pretty much obsessed with it. I do believe that's one of the dangers of the book; it has the potential to absorb a person to the point that even the "real world" is seen through the lens of Twilight. This is something to be careful of, definitely. I feel as if it is playing with fire, in some capacity, especially for young girls.

Anonymous said...

How would you feel about two 11-year-old girls reading it? It all starts with the one "popular" girl reading it, then BAM, there's more and more. I get the feeling you're a Christian. I am too, and those girls go to a Christian school. And yes, they have parental consent on reading this book. One of the girl's mom has read these books and is letting her read it with full knowledge of the violence and sexual content, interesting isn't it? The other? I get the feeling her mother is allowing her only because the other's mother is. I would NOT approve of this book, why fill your mind with this when there are other things to read that are much more Godly? And, a sickening thought, the apple on the cover is compared to the book of GENESIS, in the Holy Bible! Sickening, sickening, all I can say about that!

Olive said...

I really think we are looking at this book in the wrong light. It seems that everyone is judging the Twilight Saga as if it were a disappointing CHRISTIAN novel. TWilight is NOT a christian novel, nor was it meant to be. To give it a fair review, we must all remember that it was written to a secular audience and should therefore not be judged solely on christian principles.
When i think of Twilight i see an interesting story filled with plot twists and a writting style that i can learn from. There are both positive and negative elements in this book from a moral stand point.

On the positive side there is the incredible restraint showed by Edward in the sexual situations(no matter his reasons). The comments about an after life and the existance of God will lead anyone, Christian or non, to dwell on the subject for atleast a moment. Good family values are portrayed as the Cullens family comes together to confront their enemies. The book is very clean compared to other teen lit. Very little cussing, sexuality, or violence is shown until the third book, and even then it is downplayed in comparison. Even the scenes focused on Edward and Bella's physical relationship are made to emphasize the fulfillment hand-holding,kissing, and being in one another's presence can give without the need to continue on to more explicit things. The fact that Bella is the one who instigates much of the physical interaction does not bother me because that is tempered with Edward's reprimands.

On the negative side you have the unfortunate fact that the Cullens family are vampires, again, not surprising considering the secular context. there is also the incresingly explicit physical elements in the fourth book and the increase in violence. Edward's hovering and controling actions and Bella's obsession with him.

All in all, i enjoyed the books. I am not blind to the faults, but i refuse to pass judgement on it simply because it doesn't stay true to "christian" ideals. I see the book as a source of entertainment. A series so masterfully written that it captivates the reader's mind and draws them into the story(something any great book should do). I have learned more about the art of writting from this series and have been lead to think on subjects brought up in the book as well as intelligently discuss this book with my Christian and non-Christian peers(that's part of being in the world but not of it, we can't tune out something like this when it is sweeping through a whole generation). I take the good with the bad.

Without the bad, The characters would be unbelievable. they each have their faults, even the seemingly perfect Edward, and even if Bella refuses to see them, we as the reader sure do. Just because someone doesn't convert and confess their sins at the end of a book doesn't mean the book is trash. I warily enjoy the intensity with which this series draws you in, being careful not to fall into the trap of obsession.

Because of this, i see no reason why people shouldn't read it. Then again, i won't be buying the books for my younger less mature friends. each person must decide for himself if he/she can resist the pull of this novel and decern what is real from what is false. If you struggle with physical purity, this may not be the book for you, if you struggle with occultic influence, read with extreme care, don't be sucked into something you aren't ready for, but don't write the book off because of your peconceived notions. Don't judge a book by its cover, especially not this one. there may be more there then you ever imagined.

Anonymous said...

i am 14 years old and have read all of the twilight series. I am also a christian and i do not feel that these books are really giving a wrong message.
in eclipse edward does say that he is protecting bellas virtue and that is there was a soul then they should keep it safe (obviously if the were going to go to heaven they would have to put faith in god..but there is still no 'wrong' message). throughout the book edward talks about the fact that they may have a soul and bella believes that after becoming a vampire you still have a soul, as she tells edward many times when she is still human.

Anyway...i dont think this is a bad book to read anyway as it is purely a fictional love story that may get readers hooked but they know its not true. Also we meet many people in life that do not have the same views as us but we should still respect their opinion as they are free to believe what they want. so this story should just be enjoyed for what it is and not be looked into much!!

in all twilight is the best series of books ive ever read and i am none the worse for wear!... so teenagers you should get into the books as they are a great read.

xxx

E. Wellman said...

I really appreciate the dialogue that is going on here regarding the Twilight series. I am a 21-year-old college graduate who read the series this last summer. My husband has teased me a lot about getting so into the books but as I do mostly heavy, non-fictional reading, I really was excited to get so involved in such a passionate love story. As a young woman, I can relate to Bella's character. I would here like to outline some of the good things about the Twilight series.

-Bella and Edward do not have sex until they are married. While I understand the argument that some lines of intimacy have been blurred, I think we are missing something fairly vital. For once, teenage girls are being told by someone in mainstream culture that abstaining from intercourse while unmarried is a GOOD thing. We cannot underestimate that!

-Edward demonstrates chivalry, protectiveness, and politeness with all women within the story. Yes, a gang of men try to attack Bella. But this is an opportunity for Meyer to write about the courage and honor of Edward, as a hero, someone to look up to.

-Family relationships are emphasized. While Bella does deceive her father (a bad thing), the deception of her father is an issue for Edward who begs her to tell the truth, and later, an issue of remorse for her. Her father's role in her life is crucial. Bella spends a great deal of time taking care of Charlie, fixing him dinner, cleaning the house, worrying about him. The same can be said for Edward's family and Jacob's family. But just like real families, they have disagreements and make mistakes.

-Bella is portrayed as a girl who cares about her education and her relationships with others more than her looks. She is described as beautiful but not typical, not wearing a lot of make-up or expensive clothes. Edward loves her without her making any changes to her appearance, etc.

-The numerous Biblical references are refreshing and remind me that the Bible stands as both profound truth and beautiful literature (leave it up to God to do both!).

-The Twilight books exemplify passionate, sweeping romance which is a true gift from God and should not be taken lightly. While I agree that the love between Edward and Bella borders on obsession, it is also true and deep. Their relationship is not taken for granted, their feelings for one another are not casual. A tween or teenager who remembers that true and lasting love is from God and cannot be awakened too early can still enjoy a beautifully written love story in the style of the great love stories - Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and so on and so forth.

-Marriage is taken very seriously. Rosalie and Emmett, Jasper and Alice, Carlisle and Esme, and later, Bella and Edward are all married. Bella doesn't shun the idea of marriage because she doesn't believe in it! Quite the contrary, she believes in the importance and sanctity of marriage so strongly that she doesn't want to risk it not lasting. Her bad views of marriage come from her mother, a very realistic plot device. How many poor views of things have we learned from our parents? No one is perfect or above fault. Edward, on the other hand, sees marriage as the fulfillment of his eternal love for Bella, his dream for the two of them.

-Education is valued. Carlisle is a well-trained doctor. Edward holds several medical degrees and pushes Bella to attend college.
Bella herself attends to her grades. MUCH mention is made of this. Even in New Moon when Edward leaves and she is profoundly depressed, she continues to complete her school and family obligations. Much of Bella and Edward's early romance centers around school. This portrayal puts school attendance in a new, positive light.

I am not ignoring the spiritual flaws this book possesses. But on a YA shelf in any bookstore across the nation, you will find countless volumes of teen fiction that espouse casual sex, heavy duty language, violence, abortion, disrespect for authority, and shallow desires for fame, fortune, and material possessions. It is refreshing to read a book that describes and honors passion, committment, self-control, and true, head-over-heels romantic love.

I would allow my older teenage children to read these books as long as I felt they were capable of separating fantasy from reality and determining both the good and bad elements of the book.

Angi said...

Note to Olive - please keep in mind that Teen Lit Review is a place where the main objectie is to review teen fiction from a Christian perspective. We do review both Christian and secular books that teens are reading - and evaluate them with the same criteria.

Anonymous said...

i have not read the books, and i don't really plan to. though i am waiting for tthe movie to come out, then i will check the reviews from focus on the family and make the decision weather to read the books or not. i don't feel comfortable reading it if it will pull me in and distract me from the Lord. thanks so much for writing this review! i have looked all over for a Christian review! thanks again.

Anonymous said...

I am 33 years old and an avid reader. I am also a Christian and proud of it. I believe (but I am sure that many people on here may disagree with me) that there is nothing wrong with enjoying these books. I have enjoyed other vampire tales (such as Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, etc) for years but do not find that it affects my faith in God. I am smart enough to know the difference between fantasy and reality, as others should.

Anonymous said...

I have not read these books nor do I intend to..

My teen daughter suddenly became interested in the books when a new girl 15 started in her christian school. The girl had always went to public school before..

Without me knowing it, my daughter bought the book and was in the back seat of the car with a flash light reading it on the way home. I asked her what she was reading and she said it was a book that ALL the girls were now reading from her school. She told me it was a story about a boy who was a vampire who only drank/ate animal blood. I had her pass it up to me so I could read the back cover. I was very upset to say the least that christians were reading this type of book just on the face of it.

I was outraged about the fact that this book seemed to downplay the severity of drinking blood, human or animal makes no difference..The idea is so satantic to me. And then you have the girl who at first may find it morbid but then is attracted to him more so because of it..

I cannot believe how such black and white issues get twisted into gray areas in the church..I hear things like 'good witches' 'good wizard' 'good vampires' You have got to be kidding me!

We have children/teens whom God has said "foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child" Proverb 22:15, tring/succeeding to convince parents that evil is good. Parents start out feeling uneasy about certain books, movies, ect..but because of their desire to appease their children they give in and lose their senses in most cases and even end up fighting for their cause..In many cases they are afaid to say no because of the repercussions they may have to suffer at the hands and from the mouths of their 'spoiled' children..My daughter knows that I put God before her and my devotion to live by His word..

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Three weeks ago when my daughter bought the book I explained what God has to say about drinking blood and how the Bible calls it an abomination, even warnings about blood issues are reiterated in the NT...She decided that even though I was NOT going to allow her to read the book, she no longer wanted to because of how God may feel about it and she did not fight about it with me at all..

I had no clue about a movie until today when my daughter came home and told me that the new girl's mother had bought tickets and her daughter even talked nine other students into going together tomorrow night...WHAT!! My first thought was ' this girl wants everyone to sin with her so she feels better about it'...

This is a Baptist school even though I am non-denominational, and I highly questioned that the school knew what was going on. My daughter confirmed that they did not. Appearantly the girl was asked by the principle what the books and movie was about and she did not tell him..She begged my daughter not to tell him either..If that doesn't reveal alot!!

The school does not dictate what the kids do off school property but I called to fill them in and express my concern over the secrecy and craze over this book/now movie, that has perpetrated the, what I believed to be a safe haven christian school.

I am disappointed by the lack of educating the teens to be able to make the right choices, and to stand up for biblical truths while fleeing from even the appearance of evil..especially in a christian school..

Sadly, this 15 yr. old girl was raised by the public schools which are breeding grounds and the pulpit for creating " many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." 1 John 2:18

I hope that the principle did some research and sought out christian reviews such as this one, which I am happy to have found, so he can atleast discuss these things with the teens and give them the information to be able to make a conscience and well informed decision for themselves before going to watch the movie or not..

I'm still bummed that the teens that do go, will be describing the details about the movie in the school..I only wish I could go back to homeschooling her this coming Monday, but unfortunatly that is not an option right now...

Anonymous said...

Ok honestly their is no need to get all heaped up over this book.
If you actually read the whole series you would find out that it is not bad!
Yeah they are vampires but hey ITS FICTIONAL!!!

You can actually teach youth a lot about keeping a way from temptation, with something called the "christian cullen"


So what would a 'Christian Cullen' be? It's a Christian who - even though they are attracted to another person - decides to abstain from sex until marriage because he or she knows that breaking God's design is very much like draining blood.
when you violate God's perfect design for sex in terms of it being made for marriage only, it is like draining your own spiritual blood and the blood of another.

there are more things you can learn if you read the whole series. i believe it teaches good values and even though they get a little passionate edward knows to stop because he wants her to keep her virtue as with himself. He believes to wait till marrige which allows teens to search for a man to do the same.
I dont think their is anything wrong with the twilight series. people need to understand that it is just a book.

Anonymous said...

Hey people I've been reading a lot of these...I'm only fourteen and my friends talked me into reading this series...just a year ago I wouldn't have even CONSIDERED reading it and I only just started this year. It was also my first year in public school. Now the friends that introduced me to the series were Christian, and that alone softened my view on it...but I have to say the books ARE dangerously addictive! Part of me...the part I know is right...tells me to PUT THEM DOWN...unfortunately I haven't listened yet.
Being a teenager stuffed to the brim with constantly fluctuating hormones, I was instantly drawn to the love between the ordinary human Bella who thought of herself as nothing but a plain, boring individual...nothing special and the stunningly, "dazzling" perfect vampire Edward. I mean, don't a lot of girls have the problem of thinking they are plain and ordinary? We girls love being loved...and it feels good to read about a girl like us getting the "perfect" guy. Sure, he's a vampire...so?
This book drew me in and it's kind of like a fly trap...you really want that honey, and you're in it and it tastes so good...but it will be the death of you.
I was completely glued to the first book when I got it...I couldn't focus on anything but it...not my family...not recreation...not GOD. DO YOU SEE A PROBLEM HERE??? I do. When I got to the part in which Edward and Bella's relationship becomes sensual, I was like "Oh, it's not sex." So it desensitized me...do the words "lust of the flesh" mean anything to anyone? And the whole idea of vampires...of the undead...does against the Bible...I've heard of vampires as a cross of "ghosts and DEMONS" but maybe that's being a bit conservative.
Okay let me sum this up because I could go on forever: This book is DANGEROUS for the younger audiences and has little if any redeeming values in it...our human sides LOVE it...I mean, what human doesn't like the rush you get when you read a passionate love story laced with danger and exotic creatures and adventure? But the further into the pit you go, the harder it is for you to get out...if you want to read these...BE CAREFUL.
I liked the fact that Edward believed in virtue...that Carlisle was kind of like a pastor...that the Bible is mentioned...but as Christians we should see that this book goes against so many more things in the Bible...I see it, and I'm only fourteen. God bless y'all! :)

Anonymous said...

I'd also like to point out that i don't thik that there's anything non-Christian about these books. I am a Christian, and have read these books. I really really enjoyed them.

I'd like to say that even the cover and first page of the book is biblical. The hands holding the apple is symbolizing the story of Adam and Eve, and the forbidden fruit. On the first page their is a line from Genesis. Come on people, it's fiction, and it's a good book. Don't be so nit-picky.

Anonymous said...

Ok, well let me say a few things. Honestly, I would recommend this book. It's totally fiction. I'm a christian and I read them. There is really nothing innapropraite about any of these books. The love parts are not innapropraite. In the next three books, it's not bad. They don't have sex until they are married. There's nothing wrong with that.

Tracy Turner said...

Thank goodness for your review. I was tempted to let my 12 yr old daughter read this book but after your review I'm thinking she'll be 16 or 17 before she picks this up.

Again, thank you :)

Anonymous said...

It seems that a major thematic element is being overlooked by many in the interest of discussing only the overt content of the book. What is the main appeal of the "vampire" genre? It has sexual overtones - the intrigue of being "overpowered", passion, the allure of a dangerous relationship, etc. I have a 12 year old daughter and she will not be reading this series. She is much safer reading classic romance books such as "Anne of Green Gables" where romance is chaste and endearing rather than sexually charged. It seems that too many Christians, in the modern shift from legalism to license, make choices by asking, "Why not?" rather than, "Why should I?" We would all do well to heed Paul's words, "All things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial." Where is the benefit in this series? It focuses minds not on beauty, chastity, and true love, but on darkness, lust, and distorted views of relationships.

writetools said...

I just finished an extensive blog on the Mormon message that Twilight weaves throughout the story. Many of the themes that are romantized in the story are a sugar coated apologetic on many LDS doctrines. http://writetools.wordpress.com

Dan said...

Let me first say I have not read any of the Twilight series books, nor do I plan to - certainly not for pleasure. I have read several secular articles about them and synopses of their plots.

This blog was billed as a place to post Christian-oriented reviews to aid parents in choosing appropriate reading materials for their children. I was a little surprised to see how little reference to the Bible has been made.

So what does the Bible have to say about the subject matter? The Bible tells us that there is a very real spiritual world in which evil spirits exist. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that "... we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." While vampires and werewolves may just be human inventions, the concept of evil spirits is very real.

The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 that "... your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" We have a very real adversary, the devil, whose mission it is to destroy lives. We are not talking about a novel here. Parents, there is a real devil trying to seduce and destroy the lives of your kids. Just how fascinated and obssessed with evil do you want them to become?

The Bible tells us about our Lord Jesus Christ's ministry to those who had been possessed of evil spirits. He cast them out and delivered their poor victims.

The Bible tells us what we as Christians are to think about. Philippians 4:8 tells us "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Go find an objective synopsis of this book series. Would it pass the test of Philippians 4:8? Several of the kids who contributed to this blog mentioned that they obsessed over the book. Parent, are you oK with your child filling his head with this story line?

Sometimes it is difficult to decide what movies or what books to allow your kids to have. I have kids of my own and I know that making these kinds of decisions is sometimes the most difficult thing to do. But here is something that made it a little easier for me. When I have a decision like this, I visualize myself standing before my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and hearing him say to me, "I gave you stewardship over the minds and hearts of your children. How did you do?" It makes the decision pretty easy for me.

When you talk to your teen about this, keep it on a spiritual level. They need to know that there is a God in heaven who wants to bless their lives. Solomon said in Proverbs 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. What your child puts in his heart and mind will affect what is produced by his life.

Christian parent, exercise the freedom that you have in Christ and say "no" to material like this. Your kids' hearts need to be filled with the knowledge of God, not the knowledge of evil. The world has pitched a battle for your kids' hearts and minds, and the stakes are high.

Anonymous said...

Hey im a young Christin who is highly debating going to see this super new super popular movie on Wed. with friends. first of all, i am extremely thankful for this site and all the comments posted on it. After reading like every single comment and i plan to finish, i don't think i am going to see the movie and, note, i am not telling you not to.
from all these comments, i have gathered that this is very wellwritten and obviously well-liked book. however, red-flags went up when i repeatedly heard; 'well my friend was" my Christian friend was." yes us teenagers are highly affected by our peers. having friends "ok" this book doesn't say "go ahead" to me, in fact having so many people "hooked" on the series is a total sign. in my point of view, obsession is a bad thing whether over a book or over a guy. i also have to add to the concerned parent that i am from a public school. yes, there is alot more evil there but there are also some good guys...anyways thanks for all the comments
God bless you all

Anonymous said...

this is an addition to the last comment. my point on the whole red sign thing was that people who say that they never would have read these books are agreeing to after they talk to their already converted friends. thxs again
p.s. tons of kids at my school are all for this book and i have been tempted many times to read the series.
p.p.s. when i said "i am not telling people not to" i ment that i was not trying to push one side or another. i appreciate this site having both sides so people can determine that on there own. i think that is part of the reason i came to the conclusion i did (if that makes sense)???....

Anonymous said...

If you want to see another great Christian review of Twilight please check out the Nov. 24th. posting of this blog:
www.ChawnaSchroeder@blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

listen people, can't we just let it go a bit? Twilight is simply the romeo and juliet of this generation. ever looked at how saddening romeo and juliet is? for crying out loud, juliet is 14 and romeo is 16 and they die for eachother christian schools read that story. how about hamlet the dark prince of denmark? that's all about murder. And let's not forget about macbeth (haven't read it, but it has black magic in it or so I've heard). And no one ever raises voice against that. Granted, there are some "odd" parts in twilight to say the least, but I figure it's fine. If it's not a stumbling block for you then go ahead, read it.

Anonymous said...

i agree with you, sorta. no one today really picks on hamlet and all of shakespeares stuff. i know im being really nit-picky but romeo and juliet is a way overrated story. these people don't know each other at all and they get married?!?!? anyway back to twilight, i think it has some bad points but the simple presence of vampires and other un-Godly creatures plus its emphasis on obsession over-rides its good stuff.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate all of the reviews. I like reading a parent's perspective and teen thoughts. We have two teenagers in our home and I wanted to find out if others had the same conerns. When in doubt, don't test the waters - just don't do it! That's my personal take on these books. I feel compelled to make an additional comment to the mom who previously homeschooled her daughter. I have some wonderful friends who homeschool and appreciate it greatly. However, I have 3 godly, loving and very discerning "public school" children in my home. I take issue with the "breeding ground for evil" comment. Please be understanding of others' choices of education. I pray that my kids and their godly friends can be "salt and light" to their peers. We will start by choosing not to invite these books into our home.

Anonymous said...

ok first of all half the people on this page have not read the whole series. I have only read the first book and am still debating whether or not i should move on. The first book was absolutely wonderful. I think that critics and like bad non christians are saying reveiws about LUST and SEX and its bad because that is NOT what the BOOKS are about bunches and bunches of my friends have read the book and seen the movie. I loved the book. BUt hey i am not obsessed with the book. i just want to clear up that i have read what other people have said and carlisle in the book in said to be a christian. Edward is awsome he alwasys wants to protect bella. BElla seems more like urgent to want to lose her virtue but edward seems to stop her... so i have heard. I totally think that these books are totally fine. I think that it depends on how you look at it. If you look at it and think its all about sex than it will be if you dont it wont . and it wont. ANd to all you wackos who think that public schools are so called evil bottomless hell holes. YOu very wrong i go to public school and i am a totally normal smart christian teenager. Someone please state if they agree with me or whatever i would like to talk about this further

Anonymous said...

I am 14 and all my friends have read Twilight, and i admit that some of them are obsessed with it. I really wanted to read it, but because it is about vampires, i didn't know if i should. I prayed about it and felt God telling me that it was good to read if i made it glorifying to Him. I didn't become obsessed and read it with discression. I really want to read the second one, but i don't know if it would golrify God, so I am still praying about it.

I want to coment on some of the posts here. A lot of you have said Twilight "isn't bad" or is "ok" to read. I only want to read it of it is GLORIFYING to my Lord, or if there is some way i can make it glorifying to HIm. It is either glorifying, or unglorigying. no in between. there is no such thing as it not being bad. if it is not bad, does that mean it is good? I'm just really confused because I am trying to decide if i should read it, and it is so controversial.

Any comments on if it is glorifying or not??

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you and thank you. I am encouraged by this blog. I was very discouraged because the reaction of my family and friends over the fact that I would not let my 11 year old daughter read Twilight. I esp. apreciated the fatherly/male comments. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am always looking for advise since by husband passed away 1 1/2 years ago and I miss his wisdom and male point of view. Now that I have read all the reviews I see that most of them echoed what I already felt in my heart/spirit. What would Jesus do? All things are acceptable but not all things are profitable. I truly believe that the forbidden love story can be taught from the Bible. Just look at the first 2 people, Adam and Eve. The apple tasted good but they lost everything. It was the fruit of the tree of "good" and "evil" not good and OK. As a youth I delved very deeply into dark books all obtained via my elementary library. It started out very innocently until I could not stop reading every book about ghosts, demons, spirits. Not everyone will be drawn in as I was but the effects still haunt me to this day. There is a devil, there is a hell, there are spirits not from God. You would be wise to test the spirits. What is from God is pure, holy and leads toward God. This sounds like playing with fire and enticement. Once innocence is lost, it can never be redeemed.
God bless you all, see you on the other side.

Anonymous said...

I have not seen the movie, but my 13 year old daughter brought the book home from school. She bought it at the school bookfair. I did not let her read it and it was removed from our home. How can something that glorifies, drinking human blood and the living dead, be okay? Is it not the same thing as saying Harry Potter is a good witch? It's another one of those things that gently slips by our Chrisitan radar and into our childrens minds as not offensive to our way of life. I was offended that it was for sale in a Catholic School (we are Christian, not Catholic) in the first place. I am disgusted that so many Christian parents are allowing it.
It's another grey area (luke warm). Love stories, yes. Vampires, absolutely not. My daughter didn't know what a vampire was, we have never allowed her to watch horror movies. All of her friends are reading the series and it took allot of explaining to make her understand why it was not a good book. It was not her fault, she didn't know. It's up to parents to be watching and paying attention.

Anonymous said...

What is a Vampire?

From Wikipedia,


The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia; cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. However, despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity we know today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early 18th century Southeastern Europe,[1] when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published. In most cases, vampires are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends became so pervasive that in some areas it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people believed to be vampires.[20]

Anonymous said...

I have read "Christian" books that are so much more impure than Twilight. You think Bella and Edward kiss too passionatly? Go through Francine Rivers' collection. You think vampires are dark? Go through Frank Perretti or Ted Dekker's books.

If you are going to allow your children to read ANY secular young adult books, Twilight will be in the top 10 ok books for your kids to read.

Take into consideration that the vampires in Twilight are going against their nature in order to save their humanity.

This is why people don't want to be Christians: there are too many petty rules that we set. Draw your own lines according to what you believe.

Ashly said...

Twillight was a beautiful story.
I am seventeen and a strong Christian. The romance in it was beautiful and there was no premarital sex. I personally don't see anything wrong with heavy kissing scenes. It's all were your thoughts go and God knows your heart.
If things like that make you fall I guess it's not for you but I wouldn't tell you not to recommend it to your friends, I sure will be.

Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote this needs to reread Twilight. The person responsible states that Esme kills herself by jumping off a cliff and Carlisle brings her back to life. That is sooooooooo wrong. She jumps off the cliff and she is about to die and Carlisle changes her to save her life. Esme never dies!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just have one thing I wanted to bring out. I have not read the series, I was actually trying to read some Christian reviews in order to see if it was appropriate for me to read. However, I have a point that is important and is valid even though I have not read the books. I believe the effect of the books on any one person depends on how seriously you take them. Some will read it simply as a work of fiction, nothing more. These people will find an enjoyable book that was fun to read. Others may read it and turn it into much more than it is. I think it is just up to the person. They know how strong they are and how much it takes them to waver. They know their limits and should be smart enough to stay within them. It is up to the individual, and the strength of their faith as well as their ability to withstand being pulled away from their faith.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that this website is Christian parents reviewing books and their appropriatness for teens/'tweens. Book reviews are very subjective and when a parent is in doubt, they should read the book first. I won't allow my 13 year old daughter to read Twilight. She doesn't need to be getting caught up in romance and boy/girl relationships. There are plenty of other books with more appropriate subjects. To each their own.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading everyone's comment. I see where everyone in their own right "was right". However, I must say that if you believe in the Lord you know that the good will out way the bad. Now, I love the way that the books deal with real life issues but always the author put them into context (restrain, love, family, marriage) she focused alot on many redeeming qualities. After looking up the mormon religion I saw the mormon influence as well. That is why you need to understand the core beliefs of the writers. However, I believe our children will be exposed to all of this in the world and it is our reponsibility as parents to guide them (as Jesus does to us). He does not dictate he guides us with Love. I believe in the providence and our Lord and do not believe that this book could have a bad influence on anyone. We are in this world but are not of this world and can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Let's not think that anything negative can have such a strong hold on us or our loved ones that it can win. This fear of the unknown is what makes our kids even more curious. So we need to stop it before it starts. I see no threat in the books. I enjoyed reading them myself and will focus on the good areas of the books and pin point the not so good and allow my children to make the same choices our Lord gives us.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading everyone's comment. I see where everyone in their own right "was right". However, I must say that if you believe in the Lord you know that the good will out way the bad. Now, I love the way that the books deal with real life issues but always the author puts them into context and perspective(restrain, love, family, marriage, sacrifice) she focused alot on many redeeming qualities. After looking up the mormon religion I saw the mormon influence as well. That is why you need to understand the core beliefs of the writers. However, I believe our children will be exposed to all of this in the world and it is our responsibility as parents to guide them (as Jesus does to us). He does not dictate he guides us with Love. I believe in the providence of God and do not believe that this book could have a bad influence on anyone. We are in this world but are not of this world and can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Let's not think that anything negative can have such a strong hold on us or our loved ones that it can win or take control. This fear of the unknown and the forbidden is what makes our kids even more curious. So we need to stop it before it starts. I see no threat in the books. I enjoyed reading them myself and will focus on the good areas of the books and pin point and DISCUSS the not so good and allow my children to make the same choices our Lord gives us. We will not be around forever, and giving our children the decision making skills is crucial. Thank you for listening.

Anonymous said...

i think that before you decide to read this book (or any book) you should talk to God about it first. if he tells you to read it, then gi for it. but if he says not to, then dont. Just listen to what he tells you to do.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why people find the Twilight series so bad, because actually it's not, and I am a very strong christian. I have read the first and second books, and i am halfway done with the third one. Yes Edward is a vampire, but he is NOT bad and whatever people are saying about Bella's lust for love is just ridiculous! Everyone will oneday fall in love and I personally think it is rude to say it is wrong. Yes it does have SOME bad parts, and I don't like that about it at ALL!!! BUT everything else people say is so bad about it is COMPLETELY untrue, I read the book I know. If people think so strongly that it is bad... which it is NOT, but if u do feel this way then don't read the book.
P.S. I don't want to make anyone get mad about this, everyone is entitled to their own opionions, and this is mine.

Anonymous said...

Why would we even give any credence to movie? Is it a positive thing that we can find goodness in vampires, or that we even want to? Does God approve of us calling evil - good? Any part of it? And do we want to pique our kids' interest in the occultic side of life? Why would we even want those images of bloodlust in their mind? I believe we are trying to justify our own unwillingness tell our kids they can't be like the rest of the world, that there are some pools (no matter how popular) that we will not dip our toes into.

Anonymous said...

I just have to say that these books and the movie scare me. I haven't read them or seen the movie, but I've done research on both and I'm getting extremely worreid for all my friends who are obsessed with them. My friends frequently accuse me with "Well, you can't say anything because you haven't read it!" however, you don't have to read a porn magazine to know it's going to hurt you spiritually and mentally!
I just pray that every girl or boy that reads these books would not be sucked into the sensuality and fantasy in them. Please be careful! These books are not to be taken lightly!

Anonymous said...

Where in the bible does it say that vampires are eveil? Where does it mention them? I have read all four books and Edward and Bella are married before they have sex. People are evil, that is stated in the bible. Nothing about vampires. I do believe that a parent should decide if their child is mature enouhg to read the series first however. But please don't push it aside because of vampires. There are lessons to be found in the books.

Anonymous said...

I havent even read the books and I personally am already mad at bella for trying to "seduce" edward. I mean really, she should respect his beliefs or reasons. I dont want to be worldy, and you have to admit it is pretty worldly to want to read this series because everyone one is raving and rantain on how amazing they are. My unchirtian friends are all saying how amazing it is, but i think im the only one who thinks it is a little on the inaporpriate side, we are only 14. I know that my christian freinds and there parents wouldnt allow them to, if they knew what it was about. I honestly doubt they're parents know what they are reading. Im glad my mom stopped me from reading this, because i to would have been sucked into the series, and im pretty sure it wouldnt have changed my mind for waiting to have sex until marriage, but you never know, i have only been a strong chirstian for 2 years. And i know inside there is still a part of me that is sooo curious to read this book, i love love stories <3 lol, but i have this feeling that God is telling me no.
Sorry if i sopunded rude at all (: i just wanted to vent a little. My unchristian friends havent made the choice to wait for sex until marriage yet, and i just dont think this series will help them, i know in the book they dont actually do it, but i really dont think that my friends would be lin love with a boy in that situation, so what would stop them if they are already kissing?
Well thats all for now, i feel a lot better now (:

Jennifer said...

The real important thing to watch out for in these books: as the series goes along it glorifies some very un-Christian themes, like abusive relationships (Edward is very controlling and not respectful at all of Bella's boundaries), stalking (Edward breaks into Bella's bedroom for months before they even know each other), discouraging healthy discussion about sex- even inside of marriage (Bella: Can we please have sex? Edward: No. Where is the loving discussion that brings them closer?), and worst of all, pedophilia (two of the werewolves in the series fall in love with little girls, who they then practically raise with the eventual expectation of a sexual relationship. This is portrayed as sweet).
The women in this series lack backbone, intelligence, and intiative: the men constantly have to rescue them from their foolish decisions. Let us not forget that women were leaders of the early Church, and that Jesus's respect for women was revolutionary. It is an unhealthy idea to place in young girls, that a man is required to rescue them, and that they should then glue themselves to this man. I would suggest that any girl who is idolizing Bella's passiveness should be directed to Judges, chapters 4 and 5, to read about Deborah and Jael.

Also, there's the fact that the "love" between Bella and Edward is ridiculously shallow. They are in love because she is physically attracted to his body, and he is physically attracted to her smell. She truly falls in love with another man as the story goes along- a love based on discussion, on common interests, on the way they fit together. She gives it up for her obsession with a man who is beautiful and rich, who she never has a deep discussion with. That is an incredibly bad message to send Christian teens: love is not patient, nor kind, nor understanding. It is all-consuming obsession, and it trumps Biblical descriptions of true love any day.

Cassie said...

In the third book there is talk about pre-marital sex and Edward denies Bella because he doesn't believe it is right. In my opinion, the series has great moral value and mentions God and heaven more than I thought a vampire book would. Overall, I don't think this book would hurt a teenager in their spirituality.

Anonymous said...

Can I be candid here?

Now I see there are many comments of people here who saying that this book is only for "mature" audiences who are strong in their faith.

I have a problem with that.

First off, those who are "mature" in their faith should be the ones leading by example.

And there is a major spirit of seduction on these books. And you who think you can handle it, better watch out. Some of the most famous, true, and yes "mature" men and women of God have been taken out and lead straight into the pit of their own destruction because of letting little deceptions in or thinking they can handle something they can't.

By they way, I want to bring up the fact that this kind of passionate romance is really just porn for girls. We all know men are visual, but women are relational. It awakens our hearts and makes us lose sight of reality. This sort of "forbidden romance" is exciting, intoxicating, seductive, and very ungodly. Weather you are a young girl, or a mature Christian, you are still indulging your flesh and feeding your lustful thoughts by reading this.

This type of romance was created by the devil to deceive us into being ripped off of what God made us to be. Daughters, whose greatest joy is in raising a Godly family and being loved, respected, taken care of by Godly man.

Anonymous said...

This site is very differnet from anything I've ever read.
At first when I started reading these reviews, I was so upset.
You could say I was completeley and utterly obsessed with this series. I am only 14 years old, so I know what this whole teenage girl craze over it is about.
I am not going to lie, I have been stumbling on my walk with Christ for a couple years now. It's not that I don't believe in him, it's more of the fact that I don't spend any time devoted to him, other than going to church and psr every sunday. But I am well aware that doing these things doesnt mean much if your whole heart isn't into it.
So anyways, back to what I was saying.
I loved this series, and I thought it was wonderful. My mother bought me the first book about 2 years ago, because she trusts me. Me and my friends loved it, and became instantaneously addicted. But when I read the comments made on your blog, I was very upset. Honestly what came to mind at first was "How could all these people care that much? Are the idiots? This is such an ignorant view on things, they are like all other adults, not trusting children, because they think they wont understand."
I am sorry for thinking that. I thought about it for quite a while longer, and I was enlightened.
I understand the problems and issues you all had with these books, and why girls like me should be cautious in reading them.
I am not going to stop reading the books I like.
But I highly appreciate you all looking out for other girls, because they deserve it.

Anonymous said...

It disgusts me to see adults saying "I know better than my kids, so I won't let them read it"
I am... old:)
I BOUGHT this book for my daughter, because I have a relationship with my daughter that she comes to me with everything.
In fact, she came to me asking questions about this book, regarding God.
I simply told her that whatever she thinks is fine, as long as she glorify's God.

Anonymous said...

i do not like twilight at all. i dont think that someone couldf have a love for twilight and still be comitted to god. i will be happy when this fad is over. sorry to all of you twiligt lovers but i have a strong disliking of this book and movie.

jeff said...

Are you guys kidding me? I’m a youth worker and father of 4 and am too tired of watching our youth come up and go out to college and fall away. Is it any wonder when we continue to “dabble” in the things of this world? Not to be prudish or anything, but our “plumb line” is not public opinion, but the Word of God.

Am I right?

Deuteronomy 18:10 - 14(NLT) For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is an object of horror and disgust to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The people you are about to displace consult with sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things.
Psalms 101:2 - 3 (NKJV) I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away;
James 1:26 - 27 (NKJV) Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Some will say, “we’re not practicing these things....we’re just thinking on this! Lighten up! It’s just a story...” Reading many comments, however, gets me to think that it’s “more than just a story...” Many are very captivated by the theme and the emotions....folks, you’re fooling yourself if you think that this isn’t penetrating to your very spirit. Doesn’t the scripture admonish us to “take every thought captive.” (2 Cor 10:5)
As Christians, we are to be “set apart” right? “Not conformed to this world...” The scriptures also say this: 1 Peter 1:13 -19 (NKJV)
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

I dunno folks, seems like to me that our redemption was too costly to pollute His work with stories, fables, lustful thoughts, passion, sorcery, and wickedness, et al....The Bible reminds us to “ Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith.” 1 Peter 5:8 - 9 (NLT)

Call me a prude or whatever, but “as for me and my house...we will serve the LORD.” Run the other way–FAST–from this garbage.

Anonymous said...

To all the Parents out there, please take the time to read this.
I am a Christian girl of 16, and I've read all the Twilight books. I think they are a very good fiction series, fiction being the main word. The books teach high morals and show love from many different situations(parental love, the love of a married love, and the the new love of two people .
For those of you who are warning about the kissing scenes, I hope you are keeping your kids from reading much of the Christian romance novels out there, because they kiss in many of those books, and some show you if you just believe it God, everything will turn out the way you want it too.
I totally agree with the parents out there who would want to read the book first then judge for their child if they are going to be allowed to read the book or not, if their child is young.
My mom, who is also a christian, was okay with me reading the books, after I explained to her what they were about. At first she was in shock about me reading about vampires, not because she deemed them inappropriate, but because that is not what I usually read.
Please understand, I'm not trying to say you are wrong, I understand you are trying to protect your children, and for that I'm grateful, your children are lucky to have you. Maybe you should think of the book as a journey for you and your child, you can discuss it as it is read, talk about the reality of it, and talk about the Christian perspective of the books. Your child may choose one day to read the books later on.
I respect all of your opinion and wish you all the best in deciding whether to let your children read these books or not.
God Bless.

Maggie said...

I didn't read all the comments. But I have read all 4 books, as I wanted to know what my 14 year old was reading. We are Christians. And I must say, that I so enjoyed the books. I loved the film and can't wait for the next one to come out.
As long as one is aware of the content and has God's Word in his/her heart, I think it is ok to read the books.
Should we wrap our children in cotton wool and stuff their ears end blindfold them, so that they don't see the world or hear "bad" things?
Jesus came into this world. He told us to be in it. Not of it, but in it.
Unless we know how this generation thinks, how can we be effective Christians?

Anonymous said...

As Christians I don't think it's whether we're stong enough in our faith to be able to be exposed to something that has themes we know are wrong.
We don't need to be stuffing junk in our mind - or even allowing ourself an indulgence every so often. The Bible calls us to be pure. Please, don't read Twilight.

Anonymous said...

I am a 16 year old, and I have not read these books. But I have read so many reviews on them, that I know plenty. Yes, it was great that Edward and Bella did not actually have sex, but that doesn't cancel out the rest of the book. It's about vampires. God is cleary against things such as vampires, wearwolves, witches, etc...and everyone says "oh, its ok because vampires dont exist." well, i know that many crazy people are trying to become them, and act like them. that is spooky. One day at my church, I was talking with some of the middle school girls in our youth group. They were talking about what they wished they were...,, etc, and one girl said, "I wish I was a vampire like Edward Cullen!!!" This broke my heart. This girl is in SIXTH GRADE!!!! No adult should be reading this, let alone an 11 year old. I have watched basically all of my friends read these books, and go see the movie, and in facet, i was invited to see the movie with a group of friends, but I had to turn it down. I knew it was the wrong idea. This is not the type of thing teens....the rising generation, needs to be reading. There are plenty of other good books out there. I love love sotries, and I am a hopeless romantic. I woulld suggest Jane Austen to any teenage girl, and the author Georgette Heyer. Sorry I went on and on....I feel strongly about this topic. Everywhere I turn I see ths whole "twilight" thing. IT'S EVEN ALL OVER FACEBOOK!!!!

ED said...

Hey guys check out this article on Twilight on bustedhalo.com.Some might say the book is equivalent to soft porn. The article deals with how Christians grapple with the messages in this teen generation's defining book. Here is the link: http://www.bustedhalo.com/features/twilight-zone/

Nicole said...

Thank you Evan! Your insight is invaluable! Your logic is flawless. :) I'm a 13 year old girl and I have not read Twilight. Every single one of my friends has read and loves it. But I try and be careful about what I read so I looked for a Christian review on this book. This has been helpful!


I see many comments saying things like. "I don't see anything wrong with it." and "If you're a mature Christian you can read it." Frankly, I'm not sure which is scarier: the fact that people see that there are huge problems with the book and still read it or the fact that people don't have the discernment to see what is wrong with it.
When someone made the comment that Edward Cullen was like Jesus...That really, really scared me.

Like I said I haven't read the book , so I can't give you my complete analysis. This is just my opinion based the review and a couple of review I've read. But I don't think I'll be reading it any time soon :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting your review of Twilight -- I really appreciated some of the very insightful comments.

I am mom and decided to read this book before allowing my 12 year old daughter to read it. I guiltily read this book through to the ending, enjoying the compelling (though utterly unrealistic story) and realized that the very things that made it so compelling are the reasons I cannot read the other books in the series or recommend it to others.

The obsessive passion Edward and Bella have for each other is particularly unhealthy for girls. Young girls tend to be eager to give up everything dear to them for the sake of romance -- especially with the "dangerous boy", which Edward IS, even if he is loyal and tries to be restrained in his choices. Let's be honest; when a young girl experiences her first love, the boy is not likely to be like Edward and will probably NOT be willing or able to keep his lusts under control! The passion these two experience, even without sex, only serves to encourage our lustful natures, and this is definitely not glorifying to God.

Obviously each person needs to make his/her own choices, but I would encourage everyone to approach all their book and movie choices with prayer and two questions: 1) How would I feel if Jesus was sitting beside me as I experienced this book or movie, and 2) Am I better or worse off as a Christian for having seen / read this material. Please be cautious; it's much better than having regrets. Not necessarily that you will immediately regret reading this book, but that the unrealistic ideas about relationships that it plants in your head can lead to trouble. (And don't even get me started on the whole vampire/eternal-life-from-drinking-blood thing!) God bless!

Alysa said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if your kids want to have sex, they are going to. If she's reading this book, trust me, whether you know it or not, she's reading crap by Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, she's reading any romance novel she can get her hands on that has to do with Vampires.

You should be worried about your kids having sex, it's true. But a book is not going to influence them one way or another. Their friends are and the guy they are with.

You should be more concerned with a girl allowing herself to be obsessed with someone. ANYONE. Even a straight A all american boy with no moral flaws.

If there is ANY danger to reading these pathetic and corny books its Bella and Edward's obsession with one another that should concern you.

The fact that Stephanie Meyer is claiming that these two characters are in love is the worrisome part. Obsession never leads to love, it leads to jealousy, bitterness, resentment and ultimately an nconsolable rage that could end inthe most tragic of circumstances.

But again, the books were lame and so was the movie. Bad writing and bad acting.

HeatherM said...

This book is a fictional book just like Gone with the Wind, Withering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and, Romeo and Juliet. I am a 27 year old Christian and read all four books because it is a great read....just like the books above I mentioned that I was forced to read in High School. The one thing I have stood by and kept me reading and why I think high school age girls should read it..is because it teaches them a relationship can be based on more than just sex....which is hard to find these days in time. Spoiler ALERT----The characters do not have sex until their married in the last book. It is hard to find that in anything you read and watch these days.

If you shelter to much when your children are grown most wont be able to handle the things thrown their way. I believe in letting them when they reach a certain age(16,17, 18.....) to talk to them about books and movies,know what they are reading and watching and then allow them to make a choice.

This book did not make we want to go out and sin while I read it. I did not make me have sinnful thoughts. I simply enjoyed a fictional story about two people who love each other.

The book in my eyes is no worse than Romeo and Juliet. In fact I think it is better.

Ask yourself this....Where you convicted while reading this? Did it prevent from your daily reading of God's word? Did you prevent you for doing God's work?

It is all personal.....just like your relationship with God.

churchnstate said...

What I would like to see here is a discussion on what does God's Word says and its application.

Without reading the book(s), what I'm hearing is it's a worldly, ungodly portrayal of love/lust (even it there is no pre-marital sex). Is there anything wrong with enjoying the things/teachings/doctrines of this world?

* 1 John 2:15-26 - Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

That's a hard one to live by - but, as Christians, that is the standard we're called to follow.

What does Jesus say about lust?
* In Matt 5:28 He says lusting is the same as committing adultery.
* 1 Peter 1 says we are to be holy and to not conform to our lusts


What does scripture say about our encounters with the ways of the world?
* Psa 101:3 - I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.
* Prov 12:20 - He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
* 1 Cor 15:33 - Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."
* 1 Cor 10:12 - Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.


Ultimately, if we are not pursuing God's Word on this matter, then are we seeking opinions to tickle our ears the right way?
* 2 Timothy 4:3-4 - For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

I appreciate the feedback from those who have read the books. That's been very helpful.

I don't mean to be downer but it sounds like the Twilight series should not be pursued for entertainment purposes.

Anna said...

I have never read the books (any of them). I have heard from numerous friends that they are very good (even from Christian friends, adults and peers). My mom has not let me read them because she's very wary of books about vampires etc. and thinks that they are too "modern" "in the world" teen books most of the time. I would agree in general. Really, I believe that these books are no more "dangerous" than Harry Potter. And my mom let my little brother read those when he was eight/nine. I think that it depends on the maturity of the reader on whether or not someone should be allowed to read this series or another like it. Having had the talk with my parents called "what you read is fiction (in most cases) and not real. The morality within many books you may come across is NOT to be imitated in any way, shape or form", I believe that I can handle Twilight.

Just my two cents :)

Anonymous said...

i have read new moon and eclipse(in a second language, so i might not have caught everything) and seen the movie twilight. and shawna was right in at least one thing, they are addicting. my extremely conservstive aunt(my cousins can't watch even mild kissing on tv) gave them to me for my 13th birthday. i would like to clarify that only carlisle's faith was mentioned. edward also believes that god, heaven, and hell exist, but that vampires lose their souls. also, he tells bella that his main reason for staying chaste is for her protection, but later admits that he wants to save their chastity. bella does make some bad decisions, but it is never implied that she is a christian, so she doesnt really have some set of rules to follow as to what is and isn't ok. i definetley don't think that it is ok for anyone who is immature or has issues with addiction but it is okay for the majority of readers 14 and up and some younger. and there is nothing wrong with writing a FICTIONAL book that has vampires and werewolves. do any of you people have a problem with your kids reading the chronicles of narnia?
and when you want to know what the author intended the readers to get from their book, why not read the books and then go online to check out the authors website? i'll bet thaat there is a lot of stuff that stephnie meyer could explain. i also need you guys to know that most of the iffy stuff in the books are either omitted or toned down in the movie. bella should definetly not be lying to her dad, but she could only go so far when telling the truth. it isn't very realistic to expect her to tell her dad that she happens to be in love with a vampire, that another set of vampires are after her life, and that her best friend is a werewolf.you definetly need to be guarded while reading these books and watch the movies, but if anything they have strenghened my faith and made me question the worlds view on things

Anonymous said...

Has anyone mentioned that Scripture commands us to think on what is pure and lovely and of good report? The Bible is pretty clear about not drinking blood whether animal or human. Even Satan believes in God so the fact that Edward's family believes in God is pretty meaningless. On top of that, God doesn't tempt us. We all are tempted when by our own evil desires we are dragged away and enticed. When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and when sin is full grown, it brings forth death. Because of Adam and Eve's disobediance, we now live in a garden of sin. We have the choice to eat of the tree of life and choose Jesus Christ to restore our relationship to God. Taste and see that the Lord is good. It sounds like the idea behind the book is temptation and experience. My mom has served me lots of tasty suppers, roast beef, ham, chicken etc., but she's never served me supper from my neighbour's garbage can. I've never had the experience of eating out of a garbage can and I'm not missing much am I?

Lover of Truth said...

I’ve found the comments on this blog as interesting as the book itself. Is this material what our Heavenly Father, who calls us to holiness and Christ-likeness, would put in our hands? According to Philippians 4:8, we are to think about things that are holy, good, right, lovely, etc. Sound boring? Frankly, gals, that’s not the issue. Francis Schaeffer described the tendency of church groups to compromise as hovering on a watershed. I see individuals as in the same position. A drop of water (or flake of snow) at the top of a mountain can go to one side or the other, eventually ending up in opposite bodies of water. That tiny decision that's "safe" while you're strong could be an influencing factor later in life when you're struggling. As a 47-year-old woman who has was "strong" when I was young and made some hideous decisions later in life (1 Corinthians 10:12), I see "Twilight" as a spark that could ignite a forest fire, even if the heat lies smoldering for decades. It is sensuous, well describes and approves of a relationship with an abusive personality (abusers often honestly regret their ugly tendencies), and mixes supernatural powers of a mystic nature with seemingly biblical worldview. How like heresy; it mixes a smidge of truth with a whole bunch of garbage. Of course, there's always the fact that God doesn't have the time of day for mystics. They were stoned in the Old Testament. We're under grace so God smiles on us as we read about them now and even vicariously fall in love with one, right?

Anonymous said...

I do believe over all to specific readers, specifically ones that are weak willed or seeking love and attention from parents etc., that these books are very spiritually dangerous. It can cause your faith in God or even faith in good things to dwindle.

Over all this is an opinion based on Christian values only drawn from the comprehensive view of the bible, and also from observation of people who are presently reading the series.

A huge rise in obsession over the series has been seen. Also another obvious characteristic observed of readers is they are extremely defensive over the series. Like a spirit of pride of what they have read and the defense of the fictional characters. Its not that there is lore and mythical themes such as vampires because obviously those can lead to an interest in the occult that's not the only thing that is wrong, BUT it is that there is a division made in your relationship with God if you allow your self to become obsessed with the series or the characters. I have seen women demand that their boyfriends allow them to call them Edward. They want to plaster their rooms with idols like posters and trinkets from the series, they become angry when you point immoral characteristics of the book. There is a spirit of hate that lashes when you confront someone who is consumed by the story. Over all I just see a haunting negative spirit over the readers that get to far into it. It also talks a lot about immorality being ok and things just being care free. Plus at a certain point in the story she is technically seeing two young men at once. Which is far from morally correct. I just think readers need to be mature and spiritually grounded in the truth of God before even thinking about getting into the series.

Anonymous said...

This is very sad. Why would a Christian desire to read these books..."what fellowship has light with darkness?" Is it even scriptural for a person to be in a "love" relationship with a vampire? (and yes, they are real.)
We are told that we can not be partakers of the Lord's table as well as from the cup of demons. This book is the cup of demons, and i say that without hesitating. I'm sorry, but for some things there is no excuse. Can we not see that "we" have watered down our personal Christianity when we can justify reading such things? The same God who is against bestiality is also against uniting oneself with a vampire (which cannot possibly be a Christian and vampire at the same time.) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world..... (James 4)... have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5) Come out from among them and be ye separate.... touch not the unclean thing, and i will receive you says the Lord.... be ye not therefore unequally yoked together (vampire and human????)
Those who read this do not know what they're getting into. Why don't you find out find someone who's been there. Bill Schoebelen (spelling?) was saved from being a vampire, and i'm sure he would agree it is not something you should fancying yourself with. Plus that, it can open up the door for demons to wreak havoc in your life, and you open yourself up to deception. But you aren't deceived, are you?
Let's love Jesus more.

Jo said...

This book is NOT well-written. I have read books since I was a child and was reading novels of a writing style obviously targetting adults' comprehension and not teenagers, yet I was still a teenager at the time. The style of Twilighht is simple and easy and the udse of adjective is over the top. This novel holds nothing of good writing. Of maybe that's just because I was an Honors English student.

Also, the passion is not mesmerizing. Not for me. I read the book, questioning what did these two see in each other that made them want the other. All I saw was that Bella viewed Edward as perfect and superior to her and Edward was driven by his 'bloodlust' to be next to her. It was utterly superficial. Instead I saw the 'head over heels' and illogical, passionate craze that so many teenagers delve into.

This story is a dangerous one and set on destroying our world all the more. Perhaps you don't agree with me, but this is how I view it. A girl who relies on a man utterly and goes behind her father's back to be with this man, despite the danger. Also she makes herself feel absolutely inferior to Edward. So this is part of a book that's engaging? I don't agree.

I have many bones to pick with this novel and had to force myself through the story and was only able to for the fact that I found it hilarious in how Meyer only goes to prove how mindless she is in writting a novel of her own childish fantasy. I will admit that I felt the book was better than I thought it would be, but not by much.

I'm sorry, but I just had to voice my opinion in how this book should not be enjoyed by anyone.

Bryan said...

I think it's pretty awesome how Bella and Edward DON'T have premarital sex. It really made me feel like the author was trying to keep the respect level very high. There are some books out there that ride the line when it comes to content that might not be appropriate, but I think Stephenie Meyer did a great job keeping it clean!

This website has some really good information about how there are some Christian themes in the Twilight books... if you're interested in a Christian perspective, you might want to check it out:

Christian Twilight Book Review

Bryan said...

I have a master's degree in English... I've read just about every piece of Classical Literature in the Canon, so I don't think it would be necessarily fair to say that it's poorly written... I honestly think that the Twilight Series is beautifully written, but I also know that if someone is bound to find fault with something, they will. So if you're honestly trying to discover whether the Twilight series is good from a Christian perspective, just read it. If you're looking for a book to burn and get so caught up in being a Pharisee, then don't read it... nobody's making you... but remember... you honestly have no right to comment on something that you haven't read (and no, flipping through it so that you can find something to point fault at doesn't count).

Marci said...

I understand that this story is very alluring and easy to get caught up in. However, I have one point to mention. God says that we are not to entertain evil. We are not to be involved in it at all. Whether a good witch or bad witch, or good vampire or bad vampire, they are all still evil and are not of God. There is no such thing as a "good vampire." The mere though of those words together is ridiculous. Sucking human blood is an occult practice, which is evil and of Satan. Just because we are drawn in by the romance, doesn't make it okay to entertain evil.

Anonymous said...

One perspective to consider; If pornography is wrong (especially a problem for men) because it detracts from God's design for intimacy and one-ness in a marriage, don't romance novels fall in that same category? Just because you're not looking at actual pictures doesn't mean you're not fantasizing, changing your perspectives just a little bit. Slowly, bit by bit, you alter your ideas of what is "normal". No human man can live up to the super heros written in romance novels, just as real women are not the air brushed animal crazed sex fiends portrayed in the porn mags.

Reading passionate novels can be very troubling for women, who, in this culture anyway, are starved for genuine chivalry. Try building up a healthy relationship at home instead of a fantastical one in your head that will only result in real world disappointment.

Bryan said...

Many of you on here seems to be going on about this book solely on the basis that it's "passionate."

Have any of you ever read the Song of Solomon?

Everyone has their own opinion, and that's fine... it makes this world an interesting place.

I have worked with youth for YEARS and one of the hardest things that I've discovered is that it's hard to find creative ways to introduce spiritual concepts to them.

I'm not saying, on any level, that this book is the holy of holies... I'm not saying that it's a book that portrays every aspect of the Christian life.

I AM saying, however, that there are good points brought up in this book. There are very strong references to many themes in the Christian life.

For those of you who haven't read the book (and it's obvious that there are many in this thread who fall into that category), Bella and Edward DO NOT HAVE PREMARITAL SEX. In fact, Edward makes a BIG DEAL about how he doesn't want to have sex before marriage.

Also, Edward is willing to sacrifice his own life and well-being for Bella and shows this on many occasions throughout the series.

There is a strong reference to avoiding the lust of the flesh, because everyone in Edward's family, though they may be vampires, dedicate their lives to living a lifestyle that is against their very nature as vampires. They choose to abstain from feeding on humans because it is WRONG.

I know that many of you are going to automatically disagree with me just because I support this book, but YES, I think that Jesus would like this book. Honestly... we're talking about a guy who hung out with tax collectors and hookers. Do you think everyone Jesus hung out with always went around speaking King James English, wearing white all the time, and frowning at anything that didn't "seem" holy? That sounds more like pharisees than the folks Jesus hung out with to me.

Jesus looked beyond the outside... beyond what everyone else sees and into the meaning behind things. I think Jesus would be glad at this creative way to discuss themes that are relevant to the Christian life.

You don't have to agree with me... take it or leave it... but I think there is some merit to what I'm getting at.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to point out if this wasn't already said that Edward and Bella do marry and have a child. But they're married so that's absolutely fine.

Anonymous said...

People who are concerned that the Twilight Saga will encourage teens to give in to their passions and have premarital sex...get used to it. Teenagers were faced with that temptation long before Twilight was written and they will still be tempted long after the books are forgotten.

Anonymous said...

I have not read the books. I am a Christian home school mom. My 12 year old daughter just had the books brought up to her by a Christian friend and many girls at youth group. I was uncomfortable with what I have heard about the series, and how the 12 year old girl first described them to me, so I decided to research and found this site.

My 18 year old daughter is currently in a Bible study class about "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" by Josh Harris. She must discuss each chapter with us and write a review of each chapter, so we have really considered the points Josh Harris presents. I would highly suggest that ALL mothers and fathers, of girls and boys, read I KISSED DATING GOODBYE. It is not what I expected. It is not about what we shouldn't do but more about what we can do to deepen our relationship with God. I believe it has a wonderful focus away from our societies hyper focus on dating.

I was very enlightened about accepted behaviors (and innocent enough looking situations) that actually lead us away from a closer relationship to the Lord. We are so easily side-tracked by our obsession with physical romance. I have chosen to take very seriously the influences that may negatively impact myself or my children and our walk with the Lord. There is no delete button on our mind. We have decided not the read the books.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that the parable of the 10 virgins describes 5 foolish virgins and 5 prudent virgins living in the end times. Prudence is an aspect of wisdom that deals with the providence (provision/oil) of God to make fine distinctions and effectively discern between good and evil. The 5 prudent virgins received provision for their lamps and were ready when the bridegroom called, where as the 5 foolish virgins were unprepared and unaware of what was really going on. Keeping our lamps alight, as the scriptures warn us to, speaks of those who train their senses to discern good and evil. The counterfeit of Satan feeds the "sensual" nature. Can a man take fire to his bosom and not be burned? Jesus said, "Take care what you listen to for by your standard of measure (to the degree you embrace something), it will be measured unto you (it will ensnare you). Psalm 101:3 says "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those that fall away; it shall not fasten its grip on me".
"And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues." Rev 18:4

Anonymous said...

Thank God for the Bible - our road map for the best decisions for our lives.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy,think about such things.

This is a story about vampires - thinly veiled by 'good morals' and a love story which makes it okay in some people's eyes. Intense sensuality is also a theme.

The devil is a master strategist. His most sophisticated strategy is is subtlety - to veil evil with things that appear good. If the film is about vampires - corpses that drink the blood of living humans - I think it's pretty obvious Christians should decide not to see it. I agree with those that say the film is spiritually disturbing. This film is not praiseworthy in a Godly sense.

Anonymous said...

I read a lot of comments but I do want to give my opinion. I too am a Christian, I became on when I was 9 because of spiritual strong holds passed down from generation to generation. So of course as a teen ager I had a Bella/Edward relationship. I was so in love and I slipped into sin which. When he left me I felt as though I might die.

So when I read the book, this is what I got out of it. When I talk to Christian girls about the book I tell them what I read, because I am a grown up and have been on their level and can put myself in Bella's shoes they really listen to what I am saying.

As grown up we know that if you start out holding hands it leads to more, the first kiss is so sweet and innocent. But it gets the juices flowing and makes you want more so you start to push the envelop which will kill you spiritual...Thank you Jesus for you Grace. With Edward having the poision on this Teeth would start to passionatly kiss Bella, the juices would start flowing and end up killing her both litterally and spiritually.

As far as the leaving her family and friends. She was such a miserable girl that she really didn't have friends...until book 2 when she had Jacob.

She risked life and limb to have the tracker follow her out of Forks to get away James away from her home...Stage a fight.

Just last night I spoke with my nephew who saw new moon. He is worried about not having a girlfrined. I was able to use Bella/Edward as a reason to not get involved...too much drama. I said enjoy you time in highschool. Have fun with your friends.

I then tied my personal experiance and Bella/Edward into my relationships 20 years later. Because I still have the gapping hole in my soul because of the boy that broke my heart 22 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I think that everyone out there has some opinion of twilight. And I am very disappointed when I hear people talking about it and saying how bad it is when they haven't even read the books.

I've read the first book, and I think that although there are some "iffy" parts, overall it is very good. And it is more clean than some "christian" fiction. But then again, I think that what really matters is, Is the bad behavior glorified? Do the evil people get punished in the end?

In twilight, to the first question it is somewhat, to the second, it is yes.

I have not read further in the series, because I've heard it's bad. I don't tell people they oughtn't read it, because I don't think that's right. But I would say that its a good thing to read reviews so you know what you're getting into.

I don't think you can give a specific age, like no one under 16 should read this. Maturity levels are different in everyone.

Overall, I would say, Does reading twilight make you feel closer to God?

Anonymous said...

I,for one, am not extremely religious, and I'm also Catholic, but this site recommends such good books and has great discriptions of the book too. I've read the twilight saga many times, and I have to say, put by the standards I've read about on this website, that Twilight is not innopropriate for girls 12 years and older. There is kissing, though it's always brief since Edward has trouble controlling his bloodlust for Bella. Other than that, there is extreme passion,to the point where it might get too mature for younger readers. Still, I know girls who have read the Twilight saga in fifth grade, and I believe that Twilight is only a beautiful represention of true love.

hope said...

Wow,that was a lot of comments. I couldn't read them all, but did read interesting perspectives from both sides.I haven't read the books, but all that I read from both sides show me all I need to know. The arguments in favor of the books seem to rely heavily on the fact that the books are enjoyable and are not immoral. The arguments for and against the books reveal their ability to really pull you in, that is, they are attractive to the flesh. That is the one thing blaringly obvious. They are attractive to the flesh. Also the arguments against the book show more spiritual discernment, and are actually derived from God's word. I can only make an assessment of the arguments as I haven't read these books, but this is what I see people. I would not have read a book about vampires anyway, recognizing that the whole idea of vampires comes from the flesh,at best, from which no good thing comes. This is true also of Harry Potter. Some people argued it was okay because the witchcraft, although exalted, was fantasy. This argument has little perception behind it. Would you read some books that exalted pedophilia, if say, they made the pedophilia a good thing? Would you read a book that exalted drug use, so long as it was fantasy drug use, and the heroin gave you special powers? See, we firmly believe pedophilia and drug use to be wrong. As Christians, we may not be so sure about witchcraft or vampire themes. They may be amoral in our estimation as opposed to immoral. It might be ok to fool around with them and enjoy themes centered on these. In actuality, the whole enjoyment argument is not well thought out. When we are small we enjoy hitting our siblings and getting away with things. When we are older some of us enjoy getting drunk. I must say I thought that rather fun. Some of us enjoy a little porn. I might ask, "Is porn really wrong? It's fantasy sex. It engages our fantasy. We aren't really committing fornication or adultery right? Enjoying something doesn't make it alright or good for us. In fact the Bible says there is pleasure in sin for a season. However, God also says not to fulfill the lust of the flesh, but to live to the spirit. He also says we haven't resisted to the point of shedding blood in our struggle against sin. Sometimes we have to RESIST things that are bad. Do you know what this means? It means our flesh would enjoy that very unbeneficial or bad thing,but He provides the way of escape from every temptation. So, in conclusion, the argument of enjoying these books is no different than saying,"I am human and my flesh enjoys what flesh commonly enjoys." My neighbor enjoyed his joint this morning too, but I remain unmoved in my mind about whether or not I should join him tomorrow morning, because I have a conviction. Let us not be lazy Christians.....Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.-Hebrews 5:14

Anonymous said...

Parents, this review is very informative of some things and very lacking in others. I suggest going to some other sites and looking into the author and her self proclaimed method of coming up with these books...she says the character of Edward would come to her in dreams and once even confessed "I think he wants to kill me" This sounds extreemly demonic to me. This link, posted on facebook by some very good friends I respect very much will shed much light on the authoress and has many direct quotes.
http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.6099193/k.76B1/The_Darkness_of_Twilight.htm

Hopes this gives you all some true insight.
Liz

Anonymous said...

First of all, Twilight is a FICTIONAL story. It is not going to make you go out and make bad decisions. If a silly fictional book is going to make you go and forget your faith and throw out all of your morals, then perhaps your faith wasn't so strong to begin with.

Also, these books aren't very good reads anyway! Edward is perfect. Too perfect. Even if he DOES do something wrong, the author justifies it, by saying it's only because he loves Bella (So what if your boyfriend hits you it's okay, if it was because he loves you?). Bella is pretty much the same way. Bella Swan is whiny and selfish and can't do anything without Edward there. She's horribly immature. She's not a strong character, and no the fact that she's willing to give up everything for Edward when she really doesn't even know him (seriously, what does she know besides random stuff about him being a vampire?)LIKE HER SOUL makes her dumb, not strong. They don't even REALLY know eachother, which I believe was somebody's complaint about Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare was TRYING to get across how stupid young love can be, by the way). Seriously, Bella doesn't know him for longer than a month and they're in love? He's practically bipolar towards her and she wants him anyway? Their whole relationship is based off of the fact that she finds him "dazzling" (by the way, the book wouldn't be half as long as it is if you deleted all of the parts where Bella is describing how beautiful Edward is) and he likes her because she smells good. And Edward is a hundred years older than her. What? It's okay because he doesn't look it? So if your grandfather got plastic surgery to look seventeen he can date a highschooler? And Bella wants to be changed so she can't get older. SHE'LL NEVER BE OLDER. It isn't possible to jump ahead of someone who's already a hundred years older than you. Seriously, their relationship is based off of completely superficial things. These are just SOME of my problems, I've read the whole series, and trust me, I've got loads more complaints.

kit said...

Could you please put an age range in actually age instead of just "teens" because teens could mean anywhere between 14-20 year olds

Shawna said...

Hi Kit. I wrote the review. I do not recommend the books at all, but especially for anyone under 18. I updated the review. I still have only read the first book but have been told that the 4th and final book in the series is not clean, meaning it has fairly descriptive sexual situations.

I wanted to read the book because I heard that it was clean, and I love romances. It only took me three days to finish this book. As a teen, I would have read the whole series. I read many books like this and didn't think that the language, darkness, and sex would affect me. It did, in a very negative way. And the lies I took in from the books I chose still affect me today. God convicted me of what I read and what I watched in my early twenties. He opened up the door for me to start this ministry with another reviewer because I don't want teens to have to go through the sames things I went through. There are better books out there.

Anonymous said...

I have read the book and I actually kinda wish Bella had resisted Edward more in the beginning. I think the story would have been more interesting then had that been place throughout the whole first book... That's all I have to say!

Anonymous said...

read this book, its like THE best book in the world :D