Okay, I read the Twilight books - and saw the movies. I liked them just fine. Team Edward, Team Jacob, I am still on the fence. Today, however, I was just amazed in looking at this rather large section of influential reading choices for teens. There are TONS - and I mean TONS of books about teens who are "dead" but still living and interacting with the living. Some are trying to find a way to be alive again. Some are alive, but trying to become undead like their undead love interests. Tons and tons of these books that paint a fantasy out of being dead and in love.
I have always been an open-minded person, not wanting extreme censorship, embracing the arts and creativity, but all of a sudden I found myself standing there. Bothered. Now, to be totally honest, I am not sure what disturbed me most, the storylines of these novels, or the question lingering in the back of my mind, "Am I becoming old and fuddy-duddy?!??"
I had the intention of buying a book for my 12 year old niece, but did not feel comfortable with any of these. They seemed to romanticize death and afterlife so much and all I could think about was, "but what about the kid who doesn't know God?" To the Christian-raised, overall normal, somewhat stable teen, these books would be nothing more than engaging in harmless fantasy, but what about that troubled teen, who has no foundation in Christ? Will these types of stories make a relationship with Him seem unnecessary? I also don't like the idea of young people becoming obsessed with thoughts of death and thinking that it is not "final" and serious. Because it is.