The newest installment of the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn,” continues to evoke mixed sentiments in the Christian community.
While some argue that the vampire storyline of the “Twilight” Series offers Christians the opportunity to share their faith through the message of sacrificial love, others argue that the series is entirely unchristian due to its portrayal of reckless romantic passion.
“Twilight” involves the tribulations of young love between a 108-year-old vampire, Edward, and a 17-year-old mortal, Bella. Edward, although in love for Bella, must resist sucking her blood and in turn Bella must grapple with her willingness to join him for eternity; giving up her life to become a vampire forever.
In reference to the “Twilight” Saga, Monsignor Franco Perazzelo of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has previously said the movie “combines a mixture of excesses that, as ever, is aimed at young people and gives a heavy esoteric element.”
The latest installment in the series, “Breaking Dawn,” is no exception.
Actress Kristen Stewart, who plays “Bella Swan,” in the series, told U.K. Glamour magazine that the upcoming “Breaking Dawn” is full of steamy sex scenes, so many that it was originally given an R rating by the MPAA.
“There are two big sex scenes in the two [final] films,” she told the magazine, adding that her promiscuity in the most recent film was a “surreal” experience.
The Vatican meanwhile has described the previous installment of the Twilight Series “New Moon” as a “deviant moral vacuum.”
Robert Pattinson, who plays the love interest for Stewart as character “Edward Cullen,” told Totalfilm.com that “[Stewart] went all out on the last one. It’s almost a different genre of movie.”
Many critics are questioning whether the new “Breaking Dawn”,’ which opens Nov. 18, will be able to maintain its Christian audience with the addition of such strong sex scenes?
Others, who have previously suggested the movies could be used as a platform to engage with viewers about the Christian themes involved, may also be put off by the graphic sexual content on the latest installment.
“Parents, there is nothing moral about this series,” contends conservative movie viewer “Abe” of Christwire.org.