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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Twilight--Emotional Porn??

This blog had an interesting take on the Twilight series. I will be adding my own thoughts a little later.

http://joyfullyliving.blogspot.com/2009/12/to-twilight-or-not-to-twilight-that-is.html

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

To Twilight or Not To Twilight... That is the Question

The answer.... no thank you. I'm not even going down that road. I won't be joining the fan club of the ever popular Twilight Series.

Sometimes, I'll pick up a book that has gained some populairity and read it for the sake of discerining and reviewing. I did that with books such a Harry Potter (read the first three - had one of the worst weeks of my life spiritually when reading through them) and The Shack, among a few others.

With the Twilight series, I have NO desire to go there at all. Vampires? Enough said.

However, I did want to share with you two EXCELLENT reviews on the series.

One was done by Jasmine Bacham. She has this to say in her article (you can go over and read the full post HERE).

One of the "hallmarks" that has been spouted by ardent supporters of Twilight is that it teaches a lesson of abstinence. But, even though Edward and Bella do abstain in the most basic sense of the word, their relationship is filled with hands-on passion: lengthy embraces; breathless kisses; violent declarations of devotion. They are obsessed with one another. "Abstinent" they may be --pure they are not. And as Bella and Edward's intimacy increases, despite continued warnings that the relationship is no good for either of them --

We watch with bated breath, crafting an obsession of our own.

As daughters committed to emotional purity, we watch as Bella Swan gives her heart and soul to Edward Cullen, and he gives eternity to her --and we celebrate the exchange.

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases. ~Song of Solomon 8:4

As we watch Bella awaken dangerous desires -as we watch her willing to give herself completely to the one she loves (uttering, again from New Moon, page 69, "I don't care! You can have my soul! I don't want it without you -it's yours!")

The Botkin Sisters over at their blog Visionary Daughters have some incredible insight. They say this: (you can read their full post HERE).

Emotional Pornography

“He grinned his crooked smile at me, stopping my breath and my heart. I couldn’t imagine how an angel could be any more glorious. There was nothing about him that could be improved upon.” (Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 12, p.241)
For this discussion, we would like to set aside the dark paranormal element of Twilight, though that is a concern on its own. We believe what ultimately draws women into this series and other romance novels in millions-strong droves is the same thing that lures men into an estimated $3-4 billion-a-year pornography industry.

Journalist Alisa Harris explains: “It’s called emotional porn. When men glut their physical lust with pictures of airbrushed girls pumped full of silicone, they become dissatisfied with real women’s bodies. When women plug their emotional caverns with chick flicks and chick lit, they become dissatisfied with the real men they know because they can’t measure up to the guys from The Notebook or Pride and Prejudice or Walk to Remember.” (Alisa Harris, “Beating Darcy Down”, Kritik Magazine)

Pornography is not simply about pictures. At its core, pornography starts with:

1. A desire to use people as self-gratification machines

2. A preference for man-made reality and man-made people over the real thing.

These hold as much temptation for women as for men, though romance novels often feed their fire better than pictures.
I found these to be pretty convicting words. We try very hard to filter everything we watch or read through Scripture. No, we are not perfect and there are probably still some things we need to give up... it's a journey and a process.



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. Philipians 4:8

http://joyfullyliving.blogspot.com/2009/12/to-twilight-or-not-to-twilight-that-is.html

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