Is Twilight bad for you? From seizures to women’s porn?

https://readthespirit.com/explore/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2013/03/wpid-1205_Twilight_actors.jpgTWILIGHT ACTORS IN A PUBLIC APPEARANCE. Photo in public domain via Wikimedia Commons.Fears of epileptic seizures did not keep fans away from the hit movie, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, this weekend. Since mid-November, Twilight has been No. 1 at the boxoffice, trumping all competitors. Even the entire gang of Muppets couldn’t beat the vampires and werewolves! Media watchers were skeptical in recent days—but Twilight knocked out a third straight weekend in the top slot. That’s a total boxoffice gross approaching $250 million.

Did you hear about the fear of seizures? The New York Times reported the story in the final days of November. Then, various versions of the story have been whizzing around news websites ever since. Jill Rosen’s story in the Baltimore Sun, filed on December 1, has been frequently reposted. At that time, the Sun reported: There have been at least nine reported instances of people suffering seizures during “Breaking Dawn,” the latest installment in the teen vampire series. The trigger seems to be a particularly intense birth scene that involves a strobe effect with flashes of red, white and black light. Now, various groups have issued warnings about the film, mainly aimed at people prone to seizures.

https://readthespirit.com/explore/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2013/03/wpid-1205_Glitter_in_the_Sun_Twilight_Bible_study_large_cover.jpgCLICK THE COVER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TWLIGHT AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO FAITH. This Bible study by Jane Wells is great for small groups.Did you hear about Twlight being “Women’s Porn”? Well, that’s another online claim circulating, largely due to a posting on e-zine PJ Media. The PJ argument is: It fulfills the female ego in the same way pornography appeals to men. Our own Twilight author Jane Wells takes on that charge in a column she calls: Women’s porn or men’s highest calling?

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MORE about Jane Wells’ Twight Bible study book, called Glitter in the Sun.

MORE from Jane Wells in our author interview about why Twilight matters to millions.

MORE on enjoying the movie with our quick-start guide to seeing Breaking Dawn with friends.

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