In the real world, the Bellas who fall for the Edwards usually don't live happily ever after.  In the real world, twilight turns to night. In the real world, far too many parents watch the light in their precious Bellas grow dim, and slowly be engulfed by darkness.

I am perplexed by Christians who uphold Twilight as a desirable model for dating or relationships. I don't understand why believing mothers fail to discern the good from the bad, and fail to discuss the deception in the Twilight message with their daughters. Bella had an absentee mother. And sadly, that's the case with many young women today.

Yes, I know, it's just a movie.  But it's not an innocuous message. It contains an oh-so-subtle temptation for our daughters to throw caution to the wind and give their hearts away to bad boys-to think that good and bad are relative and don't really matter-to take the Twilight apple in hand, become enamored with the deceptive promise it holds, and to carelessly indulge.

NOTE:  A few people have corrected me on the cliff-diving scene. I was basing my impression on the movie. I haven't read the book. In the movie, Bella was obviously in a state of depression when she went to the cliff alone, so it appeared to both me and my husband (and my sons too) that she was attempting suicide. (Apparently, the book gives an alternate explanation)  But even if we misinterpreted that movie scene, that doesn't negate the fact that Bella was needy and obsessive about Edward, and that neediness and obsession are marks of an unhealthy relationship. I came at this blog from the perspective of "If I were Bella's mom…"

Whether moms allow daughters to watch the movie is a personal decision, but hopefully my points will provide a framework for discussion, so that those who do watch it will do so with discernment.

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