Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Twilight series

For those on facebook who were willing to share openly with me about the Twilight series, I want to respond by saying thanks. I guess if I had an opportunity I'd tell each of you this story………

When I was in Jr. High or High school, maybe both, the extent of most of the excitement of summer vacation in the tiny town we lived in, besides completing the “to do list” that my mom left us every morning before leaving for work, was catching up on our daytime soap operas.

Alane had her favorites, and I had mine, Mother even had one that we watched when she came home to eat lunch. The way the world is going now the daytime soap is becoming obsolete; the three that we watched with any regularity are now off the air.

I don’t remember too much about them except they were typical soaps; drama, angst, betrayal, lying, social issues (especially in the 60’s you can bet), dark hidden secrets; they were all there.

One soap arrived on the scene during that time. It caught everyone’s attention because it had a twist to it that none of the others had. Look it up on Wikipedia and you will see what I mean.

Dark Shadows was a soap opera that started in the 60’s a true forerunner to the Twilight series, (the guy who came up with it even “had a dream”!) it was very gothic and dark, it featured vampires, werewolves, zombies, and all kinds of stuff that “regular” soap operas didn’t have.
I watched it……. religiously.
I was too young to see that every day in the brief lines of dialogue that were being said, nothing WAS actually being said.

I finally outgrew it or simply lost interest, realizing that like any other soap opera the people in it had issues either brought on by their own poor choices, or it just wasn’t realistic; and it was, to put it simply, a waste of my time. However, for a period I was anxious to see what would become of Barnabus Collins, and the governess Vickie Winters. I was smitten by the dashing Quentin with the mutton side burns.

I say all this to tell everyone who is up in arms about the Twilight series, and I know some of you feel very strongly about this kind of stuff, that like the book of Ecclesiastes says “there is nothing new under the sun.” It is just old stuff packaged and resold in a new wrapping.

I am not, however, letting you who are caught up in it off the hook either. Be careful what you fill your head with. It’s easy to get caught up in stuff that is of no value, God knows our world is so full of it already. Also, don’t think the younger generation isn’t watching you; they are, and might not have the discernment to know when to lay it down and walk away, or turn it off which can lead them into other stuff that they and you might later regret.

And for every dime you spend on it----someone is putting it in their pocket.


"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." Phil 4:8-9

and THAT, my dear dear friends, is a promise we all can take to the bank!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, yes, Dark Shadows! I was in college in Spearfish, SD then, and (of course, you will believe this!) some of us scheduled our classes so that we would be free from 11:30-12:30, when we would go to the common room to watch it! Loved Barnaby Collins (who, if I remember correctly, only actually bit like, one person in the whole run of the show--no wonder he was so skinny)--I have remembered this show in understanding Mackenzie's fascination with "Twilight." I contend that the books and movies are far from superior quality by any measure, and also, do not like the fact that vampires are portrayed as misunderstood well-meaning creatures. Vampires are the embodiment of evil--always have been in literature, and they are meant to portray the dark & godless side of things. These books blur the line, and I get that, too. It's the responsibility of good literature to portray good & evil in the best writing, and in a way that repsects the complexity of human experience, and I don't think these books/movies do that very well. Soap operas--yes.