Confessions of a Twilight Critic
April 03, 2013
I admit it. I read Twilight…and…I liked it. Whew! Glad I got that off my chest!
For all you concerned parents or other Twilight critics, please allow me to tell you about my experience with the books.
- My Original Attitude: "Vampires? Sparkly vampires? This is only going to teach teenage girls to like scary guys! There is so much abuse in this world, do we really need to encourage a romantic fantasy with vampires?!"
- My Fear: "Oh dear…what if a teenager I know/love wants my opinion/permission to read it?"
- My Plan of Action: "I will read the first book so I know how bad it is, that way I can give specific examples of why it’s bad."
- My Surprising Conclusion: "It’s not bad!"
Now that you have heard my thought process, let me present my case for the Twilight Saga.
- The quality of writing is actually decent. Good sentence structure, etc.
- The hero [Edward] is self-controlled, unselfish, mature, and disciplined.
- (Note: Edward has many qualities you want to see in a guy your daughter dates, unlike a certain pop star who cannot keep his saggy pants up and lives with his girlfriend…)
- In the whole series, I think I only came across 2 or 3 "mild" cuss words.
- Sex AFTER marriage is emphasized. (And, it is Edward that insists upon this! Talk about a revelation!) *Spoiler Alert: They do get married later in the series, and there are no "sex scenes." The author writes "around" it, but not directly about it.
- Morals and thoughts about God are discussed in a good setting, nothing too controversial, but still insistent that we are responsible for our actions.
- Bella is a fairly typical teenage girl that worries about fitting in and is overly obsessed with a guy she likes. However, she does mature as the series progresses.
Overall, I give Twilight two thumbs up. It isn’t a bad influence. Quite the opposite, it actually introduces some good ideas. I enjoyed the series. If you tend to like young adult books, then you should give this a try!
And a big Thank You to all you parents who care enough to check up on your kids!
North Oak Branch