Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga

Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga

by Beth Felker Jones
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Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga by Beth Felker Jones


People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?

Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight Saga from a Biblical perspective. Some Christian readers have praised moral principles illustrated in the story, such as premarital sexual abstinence, which align with Meyer’s Mormon beliefs. But ultimately, Beth Felker Jones examines whether the story’s redemptive qualities outshine its darkness.

Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601422798
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Beth Felker Jones is Assistant Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. She is the author of The Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection, as well as numerous articles and reviews. Beth is a mother and a pastor’s wife.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
As half the world has read the Twilight Saga, including myself, I was very excited to find a book that talks about some of the stuff that makes Twilight so appealing and why. If you love God and the Twilight Saga, I encourage you to pick up this book. Read it yourself. Do a little book club with your friends. Ask your youth pastor to do a group at church. Or ask your mom to read it with you. When something becomes as popular as Twilight, it's a good idea to step back and ask yourself why. You want to be able to think for yourself and know what you like or dislike about it and not just follow mob mentality on the issues. Beth Felker Jones explains in this book why Twilight hooks girls so desperately. She talks about love, sex, marriage, purpose, family, and desire in relationship to Twilight and the Bible in a way that gets you thinking about what God has to say on these subjects. Many Christians have applauded this series for the premarital abstinence between Bella and Edward. But does Twilight's redemptive qualities outshine it's darkness? This book is written for fans, parents, teachers, and youth workers. Take a closer look inside Twilight and see what you find.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
Frankly I hate it. I was looking forward to this book in finding both good and bad values from the opinions of a Biblical perspective of author Beth Felker Jones. Yet what I found was that with every opinion that she put out there I felt was twisted and incorrect. Her views of fate and true love, as well as jealousy were just the beginning of my irritation and extreme differences of opinion. Continuing on with taking things that are good in comparison to most fiction readily available to our teens today and making it appear to be masked evil is just annoying. I'm frustrated with this book because I was expecting something so much better. But then I'm just one opinion and look for the light within the darkness and not the darkness within the gray areas.
Tori21 More than 1 year ago
I like how the Jones talks about the idealism of true love and sole mates but she also twists this story into fitting with her own ideologies on the subject. It is also clear that some of the Jones' ideologies are not true of all Christians. For example, she talks about how the idea or belief in sole mates can take away your God given free will, leaving a person incapable of making good choices because they believe someone is their sole mate. However, it is possible that sole mates exist and are not destructive loves. Many Christians believe that god creates sole mates. I'm not saying whether he does or not but for someone to say that he doesn't and that believing in sole mates goes against Christianity is simply ridiculous. It is true that someone can use the "he's my sole mate" line to justify a love that they know is wrong or destructive but the belief in sole mates itself is not to blame for that. It is the person's inability to see the truth about someone. That leads me to another point that Jones makes. She eludes to Edward and Bella's love as sinful because it is forbidden, dangerous and consuming. I can agree with her position on consuming love. Love should never entirely consume someone as it did to Bella. It is unhealthy to let your love for someone become your identity. However, Jones also suggests that Bella's obsession with Edward is unhealthy because she idolizes him above God. This would be a valid point if Bella were a Christian to begin with and her love for Edward had lead her away from god. The book does not elude to the religion of the characters. It only suggests that a vampires sole is automatically damed. There is no indication that Bella's sole would have been saved had she not become a Vampire or that it won't still be saved even though she is a vampire. Bella became a vampire only because she believed that they still have soles which is also what allows her to love Edward and not be afraid of him. She believes in his sole and she knows he will not harm her. Which leads me to the danger. Jones also compares Bella and Edwards relationship to that of an abusive one because of the danger that their relationship imposes but Edward is not abusive. He does not intentionally harm Bella. In fact, Edward would do anything to protect Bella. However Jones would have you believe that because of the risk that their relationship imposes to the safety of Bella that is is a negative relationship. I would like to counter argue that point by proposing this question: Should the first lady, Michelle Obama, leave her husband solely on the fact that his occupation poses a risk to her own safely? The president is not abusive. In fact he is probably just like Edward in his sense of desire to protect his loved one but he cannot help the fact that who he is puts her at risk for danger. An abusive relationship is one in which someone intentionally harms the other not one where someone does everything in their power to keep the other from getting hurt. Overall I would like to say that while there are some valid points about healthy, happy and religious relationships. The Twilight series is not a good pallet to make those points from. The Jones' idea's would be more powerful and respectable if she used real situations and real stories to make her points. Let's leave the fiction to be exactly what it is; Just fiction.
MelodieFleming More than 1 year ago
Jones does a great job of encouraging Christian fans of the Twilight saga to explore themes from a spiritual perspective. This is not an attack on Meyers or her books. Characters are treated like real people and readers are encouraged to think about their decisions and motivations as they move through the drama. A thought provoking discussion starter.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Touched by a Vampire by Beth Felker Jones is an indepth look at the messages in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. From marriage and children to self-worth and faith, there are plenty of messages to be found in the series of books, and Jones looks at them all through the light of Christianity. My daughter and I are both big fans of the Twilight series so I was intrigued by the idea of digging deeper into what Meyer has to say about the big issues of life, especially in view of her Mormon faith, and Jones covers every issue thoroughly. Looking at the Cullen family as a metaphor for the Mormon ideal was eye-opening. Some readers may be angered by Jones occasional criticism of the way Meyer portrays a loving relationship through Bella and Edward, but she makes some excellent points about how Bella's complete lack of self-worth and Edward's protectiveness make an romantic fairy tale, in real life they could lead to a destructive, abusive relationship. This book is definitely NOT for those who have not read the series. In deconstructing the books, Jones gives lots of spoilers that would ruin it for those who haven't read it yet. For those who have read them, it's important to keep an open mind and try not to get angry with Jones for exposing flaws within the psychology of the books. Her points are valid and thought-provoking and will give readers a completely different point of view regarding the series and may even inspire a re-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Jones does a good job of examining what values the series promotes in light of Scripture. She does not bash the Twilight books nor condemn the author, Stephanie Meyer. Recognizing the Saga as interesting and engrossing fiction, she explores what Christians can agree with and what Christians should be careful to reject in the messages of the books. She carefully addresses messages that may seem hidden in order to expose these messages that get into our heads, even if subconsciously, when we get involved with what we read. I think this is a great example of engaging culture and thinking critically about what it says, rather than embracing any message that comes along. This book would be a good resource for anyone who works with teenage girls. It is a quick read, easy to understand, and appropriate for any audience. For some points Jones may seem a little redundant, but I think she tries to stress certain issues because those are the most prevalent in the books. It helps develop points for discussion so that leaders, mentors, parents, and friends can separate fiction from truth.
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Jazmine Rondina More than 1 year ago
this is so stupid