Best Of: Vampire Craze

Erin Davis 01/10/13 | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Category: Media ; 28 comments

From the LYWB.com team: It's our fifth birthday here on the blog. To celebrate we are featuring the "best of" the blog all month. This post on Twilight sure got you talking, as did the many other posts we wrote on the Twilight books and movies. I know that Twilight is old news, but I thought it was worth a re-post for the next craze that comes along.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you already know that the Twilight sequel, New Moon, was released in theaters Friday. News organizations nationwide New Moonreported sell-out crowds at local theaters. Thousands of fans camped out for hours to stake out their seats for the heavily hyped movie premiere. Experts are reporting that New Moon is now the number-one advance ticket seller of all time. In other words, it's a mega-hit! It's more than a blip on the landscape of culture. It's more like a bombshell, and young women, like the readers of this blog, are among the series' biggest fans.

Because I care so deeply about pointing young women toward God's truth, I couldn't let this movie premiere go unaddressed. I know it's controversial and I know, because I've blogged about Twilight in the past, that my stand on the series doesn't make me the world's most popular blogger. But I also know what's at stake. These aren't just books. New Moon isn't just another hit movie. We need to talk about it.

Proverbs 4:23 warns, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."

What we allow into our hearts and minds will impact us. As I've researched New Moon and heard about it from countless young women in my sphere of influence, it's clear to me that this movie and the rest of the Twilight series are designed to pull at your heart strings.

People magazine released its "Sexiest Men Alive" issue last week. An entire section of the magazine was dedicated to "Vampires to die for." Twilight star Robert Pattinson topped the list. Stars from the hit vampire shows The Vampire Diaries and True Blood were also featured. All three series have this in common—they're centered around male characters who are dark, brooding, and dangerous.

Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder offered this explanation for the phenomenon: "The mythology behind vampires has never really gone away. It was always there. Now you have this market for it because I think they're fun. They're powerful. They're sexy. They're dangerous. They're beautiful. Something draws you to them.... The girls like the bad boy."  

Vampire Diaries co-executive producer Julie Plec offered this spin: "You want to believe there is so much going on behind those eyes. You want to believe that they have epic amounts of knowledge and soul and spirituality and intelligence lurking behind those eyes. And in real men, you don't often get that. So in a vampire, just by definition, you are getting the bad boy with the brain."

Here's where my spiritual antenna starts to perk up. As young women everywhere choose between Team Edward and Team Jacob and as over five million viewers tune in weekly to the vampire shows I mentioned above (for comparison, that's equivalent to the population of Scotland), I can't help but wonder if this fascination with the dark, dangerous, bad boys featured in these series is fitting for girls who love Jesus.

First Corinthians 13:4–7 says this, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Galatians 5:22–23 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."

I've always seen these passages as a great barometer for choosing a fella. These are the qualities that I would advise Christian young women to look for in a man-patience, kindness, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, self-control. This is what we should be drawn to. We shouldn't link our lives with those who are envious, boastful, proud, rude, self-seeking, easily angered, concerned with keeping score. It isn't wise to form emotional attachments with a guy who delights in evil.

I've seen firsthand, in my own life and in the lives of so many young women, the train wreck that occurs when we're drawn to bad boys. I know the pain that can occur in real life when girls link their lives with guys who are dangerous, brooding, dark, and unpredictable.

That's why I can't help but see New Moon and the rest of the vampire craze for what it is—dangerous! It isn't wise to buy in to the fascination with these characters who are "sexy" because they are dark. It isn't guarding your heart to fixate on characters who look like the guy in your algebra class but moonlight as vampires and werewolves on the big screen. Remember the warning in Proverbs, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."

As New Moon rises to the applause of our culture, I have to ask, are you guarding your heart above all things?

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    Elena
    Thank you.
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:52 am
    Thank you! Finally, somebody said it! There will ALWAYS be controversy about such issues, take your previous post about Halloween for example.

    I really want to thank you for taking a stand for what is RIGHT, not necessarily popular.

    The truths in this blog draw a definite line, where many Christians don't think too much about what they are letting impact their soul. They have also supported me, personally, as I took a rather "extremist" anti-vampire, werewolf, (and whatever other creature out there) stand.

    Thank you!
    Maggie
    Something Worth Noting
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:57 am
    Those aren't the only things wrong with the Twilight series. It's also worth noting that the portrayal of native americans as werewolves, essentially animals, is really racist, even if it isn't meant to be that way. The media today is really alarming, because it's values are becoming increasingly skewed in all areas: everything from what's beautiful to how minorities act to what is acceptable behavior (sex is everywhere and kids shows portray constant deception and even sometimes theft with no consequences). There is almost nothing left in the media that isn't so horribly distorted by lies. Major network television has become so bad I van't even watch anymore...
    Sorry for ranting, but that's probably among the things that irks me most about today.
    Lydia
    Exactly what Maggie's Talking About!
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:56 am
    I know right?!
    Sometimes, though I hate to admit it, I just want to throw a brick at society. Who does almost everyone of the world think they are?
    It depends, but they certainly don't think God has control over their lives and their broken world, and many don't even think He exists. It's really sad. I've punched my fists in my pillow so many times now, and just gone raging mad (but usually hiding it) because 95% of my surroundings is cruddy. I sometimes try to think it might somehow be getting better...but I on prove myself wrong. I've given up hope on what the world can do for itself.
    So I'm wondering...could God be waiting to see if someone will step up before His Son comes back to earth? And I wonder...is that person me? Hey, I'm only 13. I feel confident in myself, I just don't know where to start.

    I LOVED Maggie's sentence here: "There is almost nothing left in media that isn'y horribly distorted by lies." You just put words into my mouth!
    Ashley
    Re:
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:04 am
    I totally agree with you here! I do not read or watch those. I believe that you need to keep everything you put in your brain pure.
    C.Jazzy101
    Consider Praying?
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    Thank-you so much!


    I made the terrible mistake in going to see this movie with my cousin.... I ended up having a talk with my cousin and she was saying how wonderful it is. I'm thinking in my head, why oh why did I see this stupid movie? There's nothing too it. Also, people don't understand how their are spiritual forces behind movies such as these.

    I may cause a controversy regarding this. I believe that we should pray for the celebrities that they come to know the LORD and personal savior and a revival in Hollywood will break out. Not only that, but also, there's much more to this what meets the eye!

    I don't support these movies whatso-vever. I believe that movies such as the Hobbit is much more appealing and something more praise-worthy. I hope these celebrities come to know the Lord and a revival will break out in Hollywood. Perhaps, one day they will.

    Thank-you for taking a stand against this movie. I refuse to ever watch it again. I wish my cousin would notice it as well....
    Gods Little Girl
    Re:
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    There is such a push these days one things that don't even exist (i.e.- vampires,werewolves,zombies)!!
    Please girls don't fall into the trap of technology!
    Loves GOD and the talent he gives people
    New Moon
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    I'm sorry, but I love GOD and everything he has done for me; his love, mercy, and grace. He is my Savior; my everything. WIth that said. . . I have to say I love the Twilight Series and especially New Moon. The "Edward Team" was good- out to protect the innocent. Those of you who saw it and are now regretting it- did you not see the good in it? Edward was not DARK and a bad boy. He was quiet and reserved; a good person. As for the other vampire shows- I do see the Dark in them and therefore refuse to watch those. Twilight was not like that. The good was ready to fight the evil. Just saying. . . not all vampire shows and movies are dark.
    Kat
    Thank You!!
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm
    Yes! I am soo glad you posted this now! I have a really good friend who has just started reading these books. She says they "draw you in & u get addicted"?????? If some of my other friends are right, they are suposeddly some of the worst books ever written. Twilight is just another bad love story that just makes girls want guys more and more and more, and vice versa. They are like most of the TV shows and movies being shown now. Maggie and Lydia, y'all are so right! Anyway, sorry for that long rant and thank you for this post! I'm going to show this to my friend & it just might convince her. y'all are the best!
    Christina
    Crazed for Vampires
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm
    The Devil uses these things to lure us in, and they're evil. I used to love Twilight, got over that very fast. Vampire Diaries i don't watch anymore, but i used to. Damen was my favorite, and he's the most bad boy. Something i can say, that i even told my cousin who is obsessed with Vampire Diaries is that if you don't feel something when you're watching it, you are in trouble.

    While watching evil stuff, we should feel something. The Holy Spirit is telling us that we need to stay away from it, that's what the eery feeling is. I used to watch Vampire Diaries, but every time i did i always got a bad feeling. That's exactly what the feeling was. My cousin doesn't feel anything when she's watching it. I told her she's in a bad spot and that means she is already pass the big red warning signs. We can be saved, but still be spiritually dead. If we don't listen to the Holy Spirit, pray, read our Bible, etc. that means that we will be spiritually dead. When she isn't feeling anything, that means she's spiritually dead. We have to get back in the Word if we are spiritually dead, and if we aren't then we do need to stay away from what's wrong. It's evil, it is not of God.
    Person
    Please Answer!!!
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    I totally agree with what you said, thank you!!!!!

    Could you write a review about Downton Abbey it's really popular with some of my Christian friends and I'd like to hear an opinion I respect. Thanks!!
    Christina
    Added On
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    Let me just say, that all things witch craft, vampires, werewolves, ect. All those things are evil and of the Devil. He likes to trick us and make us believe it's innocent. That So Raven was evil, fortune telling, etc. that's all evil. Shocker: Wizards of Waverly Place is evil!!! The Devil is the father of all lies, he tries to trick us. Be careful what you feed into your eyes and ears.
    Jewels
    Vampire Craze
    on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm
    I am 26, I know that is not old, but I also know that the LYWB blog is not generally geared towards those my age. However I do follow the blog posts and so wish I had a resource like this when I was a teenager! It is so difficult to be a godly young person in this culture and even harder to take a stand on something when everyone else is doing it. I did read the Twilight series. I was not obsessed as some are, but I did find myself dwelling on the books and the story line. I found myself comparing my sweet, godly husband to what I was reading. First of all, I would encourage anyone to take extreme caution with something our culture is so obsessed with! That should be our first sign, something is wrong with it. Secondly, we need to look at what vampires represent. Yes, the books in and of themselves may be a harmless story, but a being that is eternal, beautiful, superior human strength, has hypnotic abilities -- hmmm doesn't sound like something too god honoring.
    As many of the girls said, be careful what you feed your mind. We must compare everything to the Word of God and if it does not align - we cannot allow it in our minds.
    It is so wonderful to see the young girls that have taken a stand against this - I am sure it is not easy. But please, please, please remember - taking a stand and honoring God will NEVER be a regret. I have been in your position and I know it's difficult, but don't lose heart. It will be worth it!
    everystepwetake
    I love you guys
    on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:08 am
    Jewels I know what you mean. I mean I'm nineteen but I've been through alot and I see comments on here from preteens and I keep thinking the same thing: wish I knew about this when I was 12 or 13. That was when most of my bad influences were taking shape around me. I knew nothing and I mean NOTHING: even less than I do now about spiritual warfare and about the Enemy. So as they say, ignorance is the enemy's best weapon. I didnt know what to stand for so gladly let others tell me what to stand for....biiiig mistake. Girls honestly....you have no idea what kind of evil is sticking and growing like mold under all the mass media. We must use our brains, that's why God gave them to us, as my brother would say lol Don't just believe everything you hear_<3
    Hannah
    AMEN!!
    on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 7:17 am
    I have to say, I have never come into contact with such a blog as this. I totally agree and think that the vampire craze is filling the hearts and minds of those who watch it, with very dark and demonic material. Satan is definitely in control of the Twilight series (not to mention pretty much all media!). My parents have not allowed cabel in the home for quite some time and I am so thankful for it. I see the effect it has on my friends and family and it saddens my heart terribly. I have to admit, the Twilight advertisements and billboards tend to draw my attention but I have to look away and remember that Satan is trying to defile the purity of my mind. Thank you so much for posting this! It is a real encouragement to see others who have the same beliefs and I will definitely be following this blog!
    God's little princess
    Hmm,
    on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    Wow, i have to admit, i sorta have a thing for vampires. i know it's weird, but i think they're cool. I don't watch those movies, cuz i'm not allowed to, but i'm thinking when i'm older i might.Is it wrong to like them? Is it sinful?
    unknown
    RE:
    on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:02 am
    wow, my friends are crazed over that kind of junk, and i feel really weirded out. it's creepy that people are into that stuff. woohoo for this blog!!!
    unknown
    RE:
    on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:06 am
    I luuv the hobbit!! go C.Jazzy 101!!
    Kathryn Hamilton
    Would love any help!
    on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    Hey! My sister heard the soundtrack to Downton Abbey on our classical station and really loved it but she probably doesn't want to continue enjoying it if it's from a bad show-- From what I've been able to research I personally wouldn't reccommend it to her, but just like "A Person" asked, does anybody have any advice on this topic/show????? It was a God thing that just after she and I were talking about it, we read that comment on this post! Any info would be SO appreciated! Is it anything a Christian young lady should be watching? why or why not?
    lia
    wow
    on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    thanks so much for coming out on this...I made the mistake of reading "Twilight" a few years ago...it was too much for me. I can see why some think it's good, but it's way to freaky to be really profitable, in my opinion.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ God's little princess
    on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    I’m glad you are asking these questions and open to input from us. I like to use Philippians 4:8 as my grid for what I read, watch and allow into my life. It says, “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” So you can ask yourself, “Are vampires true? Are they honorable? Are they commendable? Are they worthy of praise?” If the answers are no or bring any questions to mind at all, I would say avoid them. I also like to ask myself, “Does this draw me closer to God or make me turn away and focus my heart on someone/thing besides Him?”

    I encourage you to ask your parents why they don’t allow you to watch those movies. Hearing their thoughts might help you to determine whether you should spend your thoughts, time and emotions in the area of vampires. I’m praying that God will make it clear to you what He wants you to do in this area, sweet friend.
    Erin Davis
    Person
    on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    Got it in my brain as something to research and possibly write on in the future.

    Thanks!

    e
    God's little princess
    Re to Lorree
    on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:26 am
    I was thinking last night "why do i like vampires? they suck blood, God says that's wrong, and vampires aren't really lovely or pure." so i am now done with my vampire craz! :D Thanks for the help!
    Chosen One
    Vampires
    on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    Philippians 4:8 ~"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

    I try to use this verse as guidelines for what I watch, hear, etc. Gotta admit though, I loved vampires, and still struggle with it
    Alaska
    Funnily Enough
    on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    The funny thing I am drawing from all this is how it related to how Twilight is interpreted. I've read all four books, and have determined this: Twilight is a huge, badly written drawn out metaphor on whether to stay celibate and have a traditional marriage, or to be less celibate and have a less "traditional" relationship. I am warning you now this is going to be a long post.
    So Edward the vampire represents the celibate part of the metaphor. He has a very tight control on himself and his "urges" as well as the whole dangerous, don't get to close I can't control myself motif. (That is a reflection of rape culture as well). He also represents the traditional marriage archetype. He can be manipulative, and is utterly controlling, having power over pretty much every aspect of Bella's life. This is a reflection of the traditional marriage with the utterly subservient wife who is treated as property. Or in the novel as food.
    Jacob the werewolf is the non-celibate non-traditional archetype. He is, as a wolf, wild and has urges he struggles to control, and does less of a efficient job at controlling them than Edward. The whole werewolf thing is just a representation of his wildness, and how he is non traditional by treating Bella as more of an equal. (Though in my opinion still not enough of an equal).
    I am not saying Stephanie Meyer wrote the book with this in mind, but it certainly reads that way. So Edward is less of the bad boy, though I can't speak for True Blood or Vampire Diaries.
    Hopeseeker97
    vampire obsession took me further than i ever thought i would go
    on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:11 am
    I was bullied from kindergarten thru 12th grade and things weren't so great at home. I learned to escape into movies especially vampire ones. I had accepted Jesus as a child, but was tired of the bullying and of being voted most likely to become a nun. I began to fantasize about the power and a gorgeous vampire putting me under his control. I got to the point I prayed to Satan to make me one! He never did, but my life really got messed up. I delved into occultic things, but then would repent and try to live a good christian life. Problem is the obsession got so strong I acted like a vampire and started to crave blood. The fantasy became more desirable than the reality. Depression smothered me daily...I was still human. I wish I could say this obsession has gone, but it hasn't. Thank God there were no vampire clubs at the time. I did have my sisters friend offer me his blood and I almost agreed! My Christian walk has suffered greatly as I keep trying to let go. Just when I thought it was over another vampire show came on or a movie was made. I am not young anymore. I am in my 40's and am a mother trying to teach my children to follow God. This obsession has to go. Just as Saul was told to destroy king Agag, I need to destroy this obsession with vampires. Please girls/young women don't be fooled. If you choose to open this door, you do not know what you are letting into your life. Vampires do look gorgeous, but remember even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. If you are a Christian he will do everything possible to make evil seem good and good evil. In the musical I kissed a vampire, the lead vampire Trey says "morality takes the fun out of everything". As a Christian we know God created morality to protect us. This is just one of many examples. Be careful and thanks for letting me comment.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Hopeseeker97
    on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    We are so sorry to hear of the pain you endured as a child and still carry with you! Thank you for sharing your heart with us, my friend. We hope that others will read about the struggles you have faced because of dabbling in the occult and will choose not to expose themselves to this but will choose to run to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ instead. I’ve paused to pray for you today and have asked God to continue to strengthen your resolve to never go back to the occult again, to release you from the bondage it still has on your life and to free you to worship and serve Jesus Christ alone. May God draw you ever closer to His heart through the power of His Word.
    Kate
    twilight
    on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:41 am
    last thanksgiving, my cousins (who I don't really peg as Christian, by the way) and my brother and I were talking about Twilight, and my oldest cousin, who is a few years younger than my brother who is 22, said he saw the new Twilight movie. He said it was so stupid it was funny. We make fun of Twilight a lot at my school. There was a girl who looked very scarily like Bella, though. That was kinda freaky. But anyway, it really is pointless. My english teacher gave us a long lecture about how really evil vampires actually are and how satanic it is (they live on your blood, how could that be not-Satan?), or at least, this is what I got out of it.
    Debby
    Evil Deception of vampire movies
    on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm
    satan is using deception to glorify evil (himself), not Jesus who is to receive all glory and honor.
    The power is in the blood of Jesus, shed for our sins.
    Truly I say to you, the Blood of Jesus is both All-Powerful and All-Sufficient to effect an absolute [and ongoing] protection over EVERY aspect of one's life and ministry!

    ...."And Jesus said to them, 'I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you cannot have any life in you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you appropriate His life and the saving merit of His blood]. He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has (possesses now) eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day. For My flesh is true and genuine food, and My blood is true and genuine drink. He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood dwells continually in Me, and I [in like manner dwell continually] in him".... John 6:53-56 The Amplified Translation

    ...."how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?".... Hebrews 9:14

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