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Mesmerizing Monsters
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Rebecca Droeger

Over the past couple of years, the mainstream youth, young adults, and even adults have had a fascination with monsters.  While a whole genre has been created out of "things that go bump in the night" for quite some time, the horror industry has taken a fascinating turn lately.

Instead of scary monsters such as vampires, werewolves, zombies and witches terrifying audiences; they're now seen as cool, mysterious superheroes with heightened human emotions.

Sure, some of them have maintained the element of danger; but overall, they're revered.  They're now attractive inside and out.  Instead of being damned for eternity and killing humans as a prey instinct, they are now "friendly" beasts that are thoughtful of human life; opting to kill animals instead.

The first monster to come to mind is the vampire, Edward, of the Twilight series.  The Omega Letter's very own Kari wrote a fantastic article back in 2010 about the Twilight vampire series.  She highlights how many teenage girls have become fascinated with the series, and how it has sparked chain bookstores everywhere to have whole sections dedicated to vampire novels.

Granted, Edward is not portrayed as a monster at all.  He's a perfect gentleman.  He is chivalrous, kind, loving and deadly handsome.  Everything about him draws the character of Bella into falling hopelessly in love with him.

He and the other vampires he lives with have opted to become "vegetarians" by only eating animals instead of humans.  Each of the vampires are also very fast, strong, and have centuries' worth of experiences making them smart and "wise" by human standards.  They also each have a unique gift.  One can read minds; another can foretell the future (subjectively), another can calm people down.  Who wouldn't find these beings attractive, and god-like?

While the novels and movies are entertaining, they also seem to have an addictive side to them.  Young women and even adults fantasize about having a man be like Edward...a sort of superhuman prince charming who's only flaw is the danger that he may drain you dry of blood due to his predatory instinct.  Yet, his love is so strong for the main character, he overcomes his desire to devour her.  Who doesn't want a type of unending love like that?

If this vampire series wasn't bad enough, now there are whole TV series dedicated to monsters nowadays.  They have one called "The Vampire Diaries" focused on the teen crowd.  For adults, they have "True Blood."  Then, if audiences grow bored of vampires, they can tune into shows like "Ghost Whisperer," "Supernatural," or "reality" TV series like "Ghost Hunters."  Let's not  forget our beloved pets, because the Animal Planet cable TV station has a series called "The Haunted."

The most disturbing of all goes to Nickelodeon.  What started as short videos between shows has become a huge sensation across the globe.  It was so popular, they made one half-hour show about it last Halloween.   It has even spawned a website, virtual world, and toys.  It's called "Monster High," and my daughter loves it.

"Monster High" is an animated show with the teenagers of classic monsters.  Dracula's daughter is Draculaura, the wolfman's daughter is Clawdeen Wolf.  And let's not forget Dr Frankenstein.  Since the Frankenstein monster couldn't really produce a child, the doctor's son created "Frankie Stein."  Of course, several other monsters such as a ghoul, mummy, etc.  complete the cast.

Even though the show is cute, and overall, the website and toys are pretty harmless, it still bugs me that monsters are no longer viewed as something to be feared.

As a child with a vivid imagination, I was terrified of monster-type figures.  Of course, I grew up with shows like "Salem's Lot," "Poltergeist," "Aliens," and other scary movies.  I only recently confessed to my mother that I would stay awake for hours at night, praying to God for safety and protection.

While I'm relieved my daughter hasn't been exposed to the same type of scary movies that tormented me as a child, I wonder if she's developing an unhealthy boldness that could harm her down the road.

Perhaps I over-think these type of things because she still has nightmares; so it means she's afraid of something.  However, it does not change the fact that what was once considered evil or bad is now being portrayed as good or potentially good.

It just brings to mind the Bible verse from Isaiah  5:20 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

As a parent, I can see these things; and while I trust that with God, I can help my daughter understand these things, what about the other children who do not have that type of discernment and are being completely disarmed and unprepared for the real evil coming upon the Earth?

After all, if they don't recognize what is supposed to be evil when they're younger, how will the identify it when they grow up?

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