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Friday, November 25, 2011

Why Are the Twilight Books So Successful?

One of the quotes I have seen on Facebook lately is this:

“Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.” ~ Stephen King

And I got a kick out of the quote. A laugh-out-loud moment. However, I don’t entirely agree.

I haven’t seen the last Twilight movie and I have read only one of the books. It’s not really my type of story. However, I’m always interested in why some books or movies transcend into pop culture phenomena. Many people are stunned by the success of the Twilight series. And while I don’t have all the answers, I do have a theory about their success.

Most if not all popular books and movies have underlying themes we first encounter in the Bible. Those themes are, as King points out, overcoming our fears, standing up for what is right, and laying down our lives for others.

And, yes, Twilight has those themes interwoven throughout.

And something that undergirds these. Something that is also Biblical.

The greatest theme. The theme of love.

Edward loves Bella with a sacrificial agape love. And Stephanie Myer made this a perfect agape love. The type of love we all long to experience. Untitled

So . . . while I’m not a Twilight fan, I understand the appeal.

However, we live in an imperfect world and cannot find such love among fallen people.

People (and vampires) can only imitate God’s love.

Christians are called to strive for such love. However, we will never be able to obtain God’s perfection, his perfect love.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~  Romans 8:37-39

Too bad more young people are not seeking this love through the truth of God’s word.

Only God can offer such love to us.

The rest is but a imitation, only a shadow in the Twilight.

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