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Will ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’ Replace Religion in Teenagers? – Forbes

Young people become have increasingly irreligious in countries such as Denmark, yet they still ponder the big questions: Is there a heaven? What happens to us when we die? Will we turn into vampires? Well, perhaps not that last question, but according to Line Nybro Petersen of the University of Copenhagen’s film and media studies department, supernatural-themed television shows and movies, like Twilight, are helping teenagers explore questions about life and death—and some of them find the answers they’re looking for.

According to an article in LiveScience, “’Twilight’ Stands In For Religion in Some Teens,” Petersen interviewed teens who watched television shows like Supernatural, True Blood, and The Ghost Whisperer, as well as films series such as Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.

“You don’t have any clear answer to what happens [when you die], so perhaps when you read different things and watch different movies, then it gives you something,” Katja, a young ‘Twilight’ fan, or “fanpire,” as these teens called themselves, told Petersen. “Perhaps not a clear answer, but more like, ‘Oh, it happens like this,’ and then you can choose to believe it.”

Katja may not choose to believe that vampires sparkle or that demons walk the Earth, but thanks to Twilight, she may consider that there is everlasting life and everlasting love.

In addition, Petersen noted the appearance of ritualized behaviors in deeply involved fans attending these movies or watching these shows:

Petersen told the Daily Mail,

“I have observed the Twilight fans at premieres and noted how they through a number of rituals show or perform their affiliation with the series. They cry, shriek, and sing – and this performance is central to their sense of belonging to something larger than themselves.”

And LiveScience wrote, “The communal experiences of hardcore fans of the series can even echo religious communities.”

via Will ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’ Replace Religion in Teenagers? – Forbes.

Strange Random Religion Quote:

“The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.” – Georgia Harkness




  1. May 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I hadn’t thought of it that way, though I have told a son who read the Abe Lincoln Vampire Killer that some people might believe that to br true in a hundred years or so.

    • May 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I have to say I didn’t know this book, although they have published Pride and Prejudice and Zombies recently, so wait and see which version ends up on school reading lists.
      Interesting that Edgar Allen Poe is mentioned in the Abe story, as he was a great one for leading newspapers astray with “sensational but true” stories. He was fond of a joke, was Edgar …

      • May 28, 2012 at 12:43 am

        Not just a book either…movie next month I believe.

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