The “Twilight” series and “The Hunger Games” lured many pre-teens and teens into the hobby of reading. Many adults followed the fad as well, even into the movie theatres.
The current hype is an adult series called “50 Shades of Grey”, and its content is “explicitly” adult. Today, there was a news report about movie rights concerning the book. Clearly this movie would not be able to earn even an R rating. This book has been removed from the shelves of (some) libraries, yet it is flying off the shelves of bookstores nationwide.
What is your opinion of this phenomenon? Is this book an acceptable read, or is it a disaster in disguise?
Great question! To the point, this book is a disaster NOT in disguise. Any book or other media that would advertise the sexual nature of this book should absolutely be avoided. The Bible warns us repeatedly to guard our hearts and mind from sinful passions that will corrupt us as we give ourselves into them. We are to have nothing to do with this type of material. This book is reminiscent of other books that are merely pornography in disguise with a weak plot to wrap it in.
Be sure that a woman who has faithfully guarded her purity throughout her life will not just give it away at a whim. The world will not and cannot understand purity … they see it as simply refusing to taste what the body longs for. The idea that purity is a thought process of making decisions that result in a lifestyle of choices that include valuing oneself beyond momentary desires and choosing to abstain from activities that destroy personal worth and character … including but not limited to sexuality. That doesn’t register … and that shouldn’t be a surprise … The message of the cross is foolishness to those who don’t believe.
I remember when The Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys were the ploy to get teens to read. Thanks to the lowering of morality standards across the boards and to the ever ready world online, morals don’t seem to exist in writing without scandalous actions anymore … don’t get me wrong … they are still there, but Hollywood seems to pretend no one wants them. Truth be told, if they were to do a series based upon the Babysitters Club or the Hardy Boys, it would be a hit. It seems to me more of a strategy to destroy our nation’s youth and young people rather than something they crave. However, if you can get someone addicted, then you own them forever. A drug addict will abandon his own kids for a fix … and the body’s physiological reaction to sensuality and gruesomeness easily matches a heroin fix.
With the introduction of books on demand via IPADs, NOOKs, and KINDLEs, the desire to read has resurfaced and strengthened too. A lot of people realize that they enjoy reading better because it lasts longer than 2 hours, can be replayed at a moment’s desire, and often allow a person to avoid being offended or annoyed by an actor’s behavior … the voices, attitudes, characteristics, personalities, etc are invented by the reader … it makes for a much more real experience. There is nothing like escaping into the wonderful world offered by a well written book.
In a world that has seen the family unit attacked and left any form of community mortally wounded as well as been numbed by gaming devices that destroy personal creativity and a modern education system that has almost dissolved any memory of art and music programs let alone place any intrinsic value on it, ebooks are almost like rediscovering space … a renewed frontier…the phenomenon makes sense especially since people want and desire connection.
In a series, regardless of the context of it, you get to stick with a group, get to know them, and they are always there with you. It’s almost a last desperate cry of society begging for restoration … I hope we, God’s voice to the world He loves, can answer.
That’s my take.
One of my favorite authors is Stephen Lawhead. He is, in my opinion, one of the greatest authors out there. Check him out … great series and trilogies!
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