It is nearly impossible to find a teenage girl in our community who hasn't read Twilight. Now, I am finding 20 - 30 year old women engrossed. Every single one of them has been to the movie .
My 17 year old daughter found the movie embarrassing and ridiculous. She was mortified at all the girls screaming and swooning over the imaginary character, Edward.
I think part of what you point out, is that reading a book, allowing our minds to bring to life the printed word and personify it to fit each of us, is far more powerful and enduring than the quick visual images of a movie. Images that may not match how we imagined the book. My daughter's response was NOT characteristic of the other movie goers. They loved it. They are willing to accept any garbage as input.
I asked one boy how many guys were in the theater? "Uhhh, do I include the flaming homosexuals?" "No." "One guy, me. And you should have seen the flamers screaming and carrying on over Edward, too!"
Bet you didn't see that one coming. I know I didn't.
I had not put together the sudden increase in teen girls giving blood. I'm sure the Red Cross doesn't care why, but I do. So many times while I was at Saddleback the rationale given for some stupid, expensive, non-biblical projects was, '...if one person gets saved, it was worth it." As I watched and learned, I saw many people not saved; they either turn away in disgust, were only there for whatever was free or fun, or worse, think they were saved but not given the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So, my hackles go up when I hear weak excuses for inexcusable behavior. All these actions lead to exactly what you pointed out - COMPROMISE. I call where we live, "The Valley of Compromise". Now, I have to say we live in a nation of compromise. From a world view, compromise is in fact the goal, at all times, with all people.
Perhaps your article will give some parents a clue about their teen's behavior (both girls seeking forbidden love and boys patterning themselves over babe magnet, Edward.
There was a Red Cross Blood Drive at our daughter's High School.
Who would have thought there would be a revived Romantic/Horror Genre? I now believe that many 'daughters of man' could actually succumb to the desires of demons. How tragic that many choose to remain ignorant and actively pursue darkness and evil. Have you noticed how emboldened and belligerent the Homosexuals have become?