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The Bruises of Bella Swan: Confronting the Evangelical Embrace of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, Part III

See Part I of this essay series, in which Swanson begins her analysis of evanglical responses to the Twilight series by examining Twilight’s false message of abstinence, and Part II, in which she critiques New Moon’s portrayal of men as “protectors” and women as “perpetual, self-sacrificing victims.” Here in Part III, Swanson examines the dangerous sexual dynamic between Edward and Bella, claiming that it creates a “troubling paradigm” of... Read More

Grateful Victimization, Joyful Suffering: Confronting the Evangelical Embrace of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, Part II

See Part I of this essay series, in which Swanson begins her analysis of evanglical responses to the Twilightseries by examining Twilight‘s false message of abstinence. Here in Part II, Swanson critiques New Moon’s portrayal of men as “protectors” and women as “perpetual, self-sacrificing victims.” Twilight has become the synecdochic term for Stephenie Meyer’s book, film, and pop culture phenomenon. This makes it is easy to forget that there are three... Read More

Christ in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Can a Materialistic Culture Appropriate Christian Iconography and Myth?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a television series about a young woman chosen in her generation to fight the forces of darkness, was on the air from 1997-2003. It never drew a large audience, but was very well received critically, dominated the coveted youth demographic, and continues to have a cult following. It also has a large number of active fan sites, an academic journal Slayage, and was the second “most missed television series” in December of 2005.1 When combined with... Read More