Its not for the vampires. I know Twilight has been disscussed a lot, but I wanted to say my opinion on the series. I’ve read the first book and watched the first two movies (on the insistance of my friends.) Forget that this book is poorly written, has no character development, etc. I’m sure one would say they are “just for fun’ " the junk food of literature.” Thats fine, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of these books (though not romance…I like action :))
Anyways, many people seem to be saying that this book is good for its chastity. I think quite the opposite. These books are not pure at all. Sure there is no sex, however I recall that Edward climbed into bed with her (though nothing happened), watched her sleep without her knowing, and stalked her. As well, Bella seems to be yearning for sex and in the end gets married for this reason. (I read wikipedia for the rest of the series and have also had my friends tell me.)
Furthur more, Bella focuses her whole life on Edward, ignores most of his abusive tendancies, and at one point when Jacob forces a kiss on her,(in Eclipse I think) excuses him and even realizes she loves him as a result. Bella also seems to be having a relationship with both Edward and Jacob. I would say, that the book has a sort of “abstinace porn” (excuse me) thing about it. The sexual attraction comes from the lack of sex.
Now, I can see the appeal about the book. Edward is protective, caring, charming, rich, good looking, and seems to care about a girl who we are told is not good looking and socially akward, so much so that he almost kills himself when he thinks she has died (another problem I have.)
Girls/Women (and some boys too I believe) like the books either for entertainment value, or because they want this ideal man. In reality, only Christ can fill this longing. He loves us, cares about us no matter what we do/who we are/how we look, so much so that he died to save us. I think this is a sign that our culture has deprived its self of God’s love and uses such fantasies to try and fill in the hole…which only God can fill.
Cheers. Please feel free to comment and sorry for the long post