Sleeping with the Enemy
Truthfully, I don’t know that this blog will make much sense to one who has never seen Twilight or one of the movies in the saga. For the sake of understanding, I’ll briefly provide background. Twilight has a “vampire and werewolf” background with an undertone of romance. Before you grow disinterested I ask that you continue reading. I promise that I’m going somewhere with this. Okay, so, there is a teen named “Bella.” She falls in love with a guy to later learn that this guy is a vampire. A blood sucking vampire, so his nature is to kill humans and consume their blood as they have throughout history. She spends time with him. Their love is mutual. The saga continues over a few years as their relationship grows and they have to overcome several obstacles in their relationship. It’s a movie so of course love prevails. Ultimately Bella is turned into a vampire (sorry to ruin it for you).
When I used to watch the movie(s) I would always say Bella is an idiot. Why would she lay in bed with a man who’s nature is to destroy her? Why would she continue to put herself in harm’s way? Why would she allow herself to fall in love with someone who has made it known that ultimately he could hurt her? He even goes as far to describe her as her own brand of Heroin. In retrospect, I realized that I have been Bella. It wasn’t that I fell in love with a man that was a monster, but I put myself in harms way on several occasions by simply playing with temptation-things that [I knew] were intended by nature to destroy me. It’s not always sexual. I have found myself in various situations that I knew at any moment things could go south but the desired outcome, or in this analogy “love”, outweighed every pending negative consequence.
As the saga continues we see Bella fall deeper into love with Edward (the vampire). She has close encounters with death as a result of her association and love for him. She is forced to choose sides and eventually becomes a vampire. What I gather from the fate of Bella is that one cannot lie in bed with something without ultimately subjecting themselves to the fate of that temptation-Death.
It’s imperative to closely consider what we entertain and allow in our lives. Let’s not ignore warning signs. They are there for a reason.