Here’s something you might not know about me. I’m just about to finish the Twilight series. Yes, you read that right. A grown man who leads all of the student ministries at DBC is wrapping up the teen fantasy romance series about vampires, werewolves, and humans. Sound strange to you? It shouldn’t. It’s only the biggest phenomenon in teen culture since Harry Potter and we all know how popular those books were. In fact I’m actually a bit behind the times with it but I wanted to share my thoughts about them. Let’s get this out of the way first: I admit fully, they are an entertaining read, pretty clean overall and have some pretty good action for being essentially about the forbidden love between a vampire and a human.
Now that I’ve said that let me also say this. Though they are “clean” in the sense that there is very little bad language or explicit scenes, they absolutely present some disturbing and wrong behavior. The obsessed Bella is a picture of emotional instability (not to mention whiney and self absorbed) who really should see a counselor. The fact that Edward spends the night in her room just to watch her sleep is wrong on many levels. Does anyone really thing that kind of behavior is ok? As a dad I certainly don’t. These, and others, are the themes that require parental involvement if your kids are reading this book and why many probably shouldn’t.
So why am I writing this review? Because there is a deeper theme found in this story that resonates. A theme that involves being transformed from something ugly into something beautiful; something destined to die into something immortal; something limited by the short time we have that is this life to a never ending day that is filled with the people we love and care about. Does that sound at all familiar? Is the success of this series not another evidence of our deep longing for heaven, our true home? It took me a while before I made this connection, but it is certainly there. Parents, if your teens are reading this or seeing the movies, then take the time to talk with them about it. Help your kids see the deeper things here and be the guide they so desperately need.