katelynjane

Opinion-ism

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm

The other day, while browsing my Facebook friends and their recent FB activity, I came across one friend and her Note on the subject of Twilight. Her Note consisted of a highly debatable opinion of the movie stemming from a Christian standpoint and there were many (many!!) heated responses in reaction to her post.

Just the night before, I had watched this latest movie screen phenomenon called Twilight and was thoroughlyimpressed! It’s been ages since I felt that much emotion in a movie, that much romance, that much heart. It was pure bliss watching it! And so, since I had just watched it and this FB friend’s Note was criticizing the lack of discernment Christians had about this movie, I was offended. To me, it’s a movie. A very clean one, at that. There was nothing in it that struck my conscience, before or after watching it…and there still isn’t.

A movie is a movie. There’s the obvious exceptions, but really…a Blockbuster Movie is a movie. Just like Gladiator, I Am Sam, Elizabeth and many more great movies, it’s there for the viewers pleasure and is meant to pull on heart strings. For all movies that come out onto the big screen, their goal is to create the frenzy that Twilight created. They strive towards that type of viewer/actor connection. Just because they hit it on the head, doesn’t mean that it’s ‘wrong’ to watch. It means it’s a great movie!

I guess this was a bit of a rant…but my point is this: Each of us is going to take offence to things. My friend took offence to the movie, I took offence to her response to the movie. But neither of us were in the wrong, we were just feeling what our persons, our history and our upbringing had taught us to feel. It doesn’t make it wrong, it just makes it different.

This type of thought might not apply in every single situation (although some people don’t believe in a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, I do) but in grey-areas or lenient areas, it does. Blogging being one of those areas too…We’re all entitled to our own opinion, but let’s be nice about it.

And if you notice someone being a bit harsh, or making statements you take offence to, just take a minute. Think:

“Is there a chance they might mean something else?”

Or maybe let it cross your mind: “What have they gone through to make them have this opinion?”. Give them the benefit of the doubt before posting a sharp comment or thinking badly about them.

Just my thoughts…

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  1. Usually when someone doesn’t like something, it seems like it’s just a matter of taste, but that’s a hard thing to explain, just a feeling really. I just try and remember everyone’s coming to this point from a different direction and different life experiences so we all look at things from a different angle.

    I read the prologue for Twilight and know it’s not for me, but so many of my friends are crazy about it, and I’m glad they’ve found something they can so identify with. 🙂

  2. I haven’t read the books of Twilight, but the movie was amazing! I’m not normally into vampires etc, but I loved it and was shocked that I did, I really wasn’t expecting to!

    I agree with you, it’s a matter of taste, but not all of us “get” that (: It’s kinda sad…

  3. I haven’t heard of anyone getting upset about the movie bc of christianity. That seems pretty much grasping for something in my opinion. Trying to find reason not to like it. I watched the movie out of curiosity (and the previews looked pretty good). Well, I fell inlove. So, I decided to read the books. They are awesome. If you haven’t already I highly recommend reading the books. Although, it is in my opinion they did and excellent job making the movie as close to the book as they could-the book is still better. The emotions that are awakened from both are amazing to me. Like you said, it has been a long time since a movie has done that.

    • The “conflict” with this movie and christianity is HUGE in our small town right now. Some of the churches are preaching against it, which is halarious! The strange part to me, is that the same girls who are fighting against this movie are the ones watching Greys Anatomy and Private Practice every week. What does Twilight have that these shows dont?? It’s confusing…

      Thanks for your comments Jen! I hope to see you here again!

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