Duh Aficionado Magazine: Twilight Is Like A Religion For Some Tweens

Twilight may be many things, but it is not a religion. Because that would be unacceptable! From Live Science:

“Twilight” and other supernatural tales may give some non-religious teens a place to grapple with the big questions of life, according to a Danish researcher.

In Denmark, where religion is not a large part of daily life, teens seem to use media — often, American media — to explore questions of good and evil, life after death and destiny, Line Nybro Petersen of the University of Copenhagen’s film and media studies department has found. The communal experiences of hardcore fans of the series can even echo religious communities.

“Being a ‘Twilight’ fan allows the teenagers to engage in very intense emotional experiences,” Petersen told LiveScience. “You can almost get the sense that these are transcendental emotions, the feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself in a semireligious way.”

“You can almost get the sense that these are transcendental emotions, and then you remember that we’re just talking about teenagers having a borderline unhealthy obsession with the sex lives of monsters.” I believe that Twilight can offer teenagers a place to think about things, but I’m pretty sure that’s just called BOOKS IN GENERAL. You don’t have to go overboard. I’m not sure that writing “Mrs. Jacob” on your jeans in Sharpie quite qualifies as an institutionalized tradition of collective spirituality. Also this. Then again, the Twilight Inquisition continues to impose its strict and violent moral order upon most of the Western world, so maybe there’s something to this.