So recently I had a little email conversation with another blogger about my latest obsession, Twilight. I think she is much more rational about the books than I am. For instance, I’m making McH grow his hair out and I’m going to color it, and get him golden colored contacts so he can go to the movie release party in December as the main character. See, obsessed a bit? But people, he made me move. He owes me. And believe me, there are perks in it for him as well.
Anyway, you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with Mormon Monday. I’m getting there.
So, these books are marketed as young adult novels, but there was some wondering in our little conversation about how the author is going to handle “it” in the fourth novel, which will come out in August. For those of you who haven’t read the books (what is wrong with you?) I will give a brief explanation: girl meets boy, girl and boy fall deeply, madly, otherworldly in love, girl wants to do “it”, boy says they have to wait until they get married.
Okay, so that makes the books sound boring, and weird because what guy says, “Will you please stop trying to take your clothes off,”? But I am skipping all the really good stuff just to fill you in on this one subplot. Trust me, worth the read!
Presumably “it” will have to be fully addressed and dealt with in the upcoming fourth book. So how does the author do this in a way that is appropriate for the young adult (ie young teen) crowd? And, just as importantly (this is my segue, people) how does an LDS (Mormon) author do this in a way that is consistent with her faith? Yes, Stephenie Meyer is LDS.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that we don’t believe in doing “it”. Good grief! Have you ever driven by one of our chapels on a Sunday?!? Minivans and Suburbans as far as the eye can see! This is due to the hauling of all the children to church, and, as we know, children most commonly show up when people have done “it”. Usually more than once. Per child.
I’m reminded of a line from a song: Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?
Well, we do “it”. Once we’re married. And only with our own spouse.
So it’s not that I’d be appalled if she has the characters get married and do “it”. But how she deals with “it” in the book could appall me.
See, we consider “it” to be sacred (and please don’t mistake sacred for ritualistic*), so it’s not something about which we read or write, or watch/view in prurient detail. In short: no porn.
Next, the evil one also dangles before us the maka-feke of pornography. He would have us believe that the viewing of pornography really hurts no one. How applicable is Alexander Pope’s classic, An Essay on Man:
Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace. 3
Some publishers and printers prostitute their presses by printing millions of pieces of pornography each day. No expense is spared to produce a product certain to be viewed, then viewed again. One of the most accessible sources of pornography today is the Internet, where one can turn on a computer and instantly have at his fingertips countless sites featuring pornography. President Gordon B. Hinckley has said: “I fear this may be going on in some of your homes. It is vicious. It is lewd and filthy. It is enticing and habit-forming. It will take [you] down to destruction as surely as anything in this world. It is foul sleaze that makes its exploiters wealthy, its victims impoverished.” 4
Tainted as well is the movie producer, the television programmer, or the entertainer who promotes pornography. Long gone are the restraints of yesteryear. So-called realism is the quest, with the result that today we are surrounded by this filth.
Avoid any semblance of pornography. It will desensitize the spirit and erode the conscience.
It’s not that I stay awake at night, fearful that the fourth book in my favorite series might wind up being so detailed as to be pornographic. I really don’t think the author will go there. I’m just left wondering how she will handle “it” without merely saying, “and then they did it.” That would be . . . ummm . . . anticlimactic?
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt really has nothing else to say today.
*Never in a million years did I think I would have to qualify that sacred does not equate to ritualistic, but then a few weeks ago I read the reports about the raid on the polygamist sect in . . . was it Texas? Anyway, supposedly when they entered the sect’s temple they found a bed which they believe was used for ritualistic sex. I don’t know how accurate those reports were, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who read them and vomited in my mouth a bit. I just don’t want anyone to confuse our view of sex as being sacred (entitled to reverence and respect) with some media reported ritualistic, “oh my gosh! I read The DaVinci Code but didn’t think anyone actually did that!” kind of thing.