News Wednesday — Twilight for Christians?

Good Morning readers! Today is yet another News Wednesday!

Are you a Twilight fan? Are you for Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Honestly, I have no idea what that means. I haven’t read the books. I have seen parts of the first movie, but I haven’t seen the second one. As I look at what today’s youth is reading and watching, more and more of it has something to do with vampires. Today’s news touches on that.

There’s Power in the Blood

by Elrena Evans

Vampires are hot stuff right now. The preternatural creatures leer seductively from the covers of books and lust dramatically after their prey in television shows and movies. A glance at recommended reading lists for those who enjoyed Twilight, Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular vampire-romance series, yields hundreds of vampire entries, the majority published in the past three years.

This isn’t the first time the undead have become a cultural obsession. Religious scholar J. Gordon Melton traces the word vampire to the Slavic “upyr,” first recorded in 1047. Folkloric tales of night-walking monsters that drink blood to gain immortality surface in the chronicles of ancient Mesopotamia, Africa, and Europe. But the vampire’s most recent resurrection owes more to two 19th-century tales, John Polidori’s The Vampyre and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Both authors transformed the vampire from a bloated, red-faced, flabby creature into a monster with sex appeal—sleek and suave, epitomized by Twilight’s hero, Edward Cullen—shifting from the purely scary to the intriguing and tempting.

Anne Rice, whose Interview with the Vampire (1976) and subsequent Vampire Chronicles have established her as the premier vampire-centric storyteller of this generation, believes the creatures continue to fascinate because we see something of ourselves in them.

“The vampire is a monster who preys on his brothers and sisters, but loves them and needs them emotionally as well as physically,” she told Christianity Today. “There are times when almost anyone might confess to feeling like a vampire—for using or abusing someone else, for taking rather than giving, for being in pain yet wanting to hang on to life no matter how difficult it gets.”

Rice believes the current craze is most likely author-driven, following Twilight’s success. “Certain authors develop the mythology, and their work catches on,” she says. “The public appetite is potentially insatiable because the potential of the idea is so great.”

Beth Felker Jones, a theology professor at Wheaton College and author most recently of Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga,

believes Meyer’s series is so popular because its romance resonates with readers’ desire for radical love.

“There’s nothing halfway about Bella’s love for Edward,” Jones says, “or her belief that she has found complete meaning and fulfillment in him.” And that’s what Jones finds disturbing about the series: Bella “doesn’t have any hopes, interests, or desires outside of Edward. She’s even willing to sacrifice her soul for his sake.” And the vampire motif only raises the stakes: “Readers wait to see who will get bitten and who might have to die in the quest for love.”

Shawna Ferrell, owner of the Christian review website Teen Lit Review, wrote cautiously about Twilight in 2008, concluding that she couldn’t recommend it for teens.

“Teens today are bombarded with all kinds of shows about paranormal activity, witches, and vampires that are specifically designed to appeal to their generation,” Ferrell says. To an adolescent girl who may feel undesirable, “the idea of a superbly handsome young man who is desperately in love with her is very appealing.” Because vampires are both “cool and sexy,” they possess “everything our media-worshiping society says it takes to be beautiful and thus accepted.”

Blood Drives

While Meyer and the authors following her lead borrow heavily from Romeo and Juliet and other archetypal romances, traditional vampire folklore found much source material in Christian theology. The idea of achieving immortality through blood is central to both traditions—the Christian, through the life-giving blood of Christ, and the vampire, through drinking the blood of victims. Vampire legends are rich with Christian symbols, most notably the crucifix (believed to protect mortals) and the consecrated bread and wine of Communion.

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Movie Saturday– Alice in Wonderland

Good Morning readers! Today is Movie Saturday! We will be looking at Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It opens in theaters on March 5, 2010, and I can’t wait to see it! Below is the plot taken from here.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, “Alice in Wonderland” comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ on March 5, 2010.

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Now many of us grew up on reading the book, or watching the classic animated version of this movie. I also remember the Mickey Mouse adaptation called “Thru The Mirror”. The looking glass/mirror is a big part of the book. I really don’t know why it has been left out of the animated version. Hopefully this new version will include it.

Thinking about the mirror, also makes me think of the song, “Man in The Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Below is some of the lyrics:

I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)

Hopefully you are following where I am going with this. As Christians, when we accept Christ, we are a changed person. Sometimes that doesn’t always happen, and we have to make the effort to change as well, by looking at that “Man in the Mirror”.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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New Blog Schedule

Hello readers! I hope everyone’s Monday went well. I hope your Valentine’s Day was great as well.

I wanted to let you know of the direction my blog is going to go for a little bit. Right now, my time is really limited, so I will be scheduling blog posts in advance.

The following is the schedule I plan to keep to right now.

Monday: Music Monday.. An album review, song review, or anything related to Christian music

Tuesday: Tech. Tuesday.. Something related to technology and today’s Christian.

Wednesday: News Wednesday… Something interesting posted in the news from the current day or previous week.

Thursday: Scripture Thursday.. Thoughts on a verse or sermon I have read or heard from the current day or previous week.

Friday: Feature Friday.. Featured blog or Christian website

Saturday: Movie Saturday.. Upcoming movies and my thoughts about them.

Sunday.. Day of rest..

Well readers, that is what I think I will be doing for a little bit. I hope you like the changes.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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