Twilight #18 Print
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Written by Douglas Wilson   
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 09:13

Okay, so in Chapter 20, Bella is holed up in a hotel room in Phoenix with not much to do, except to find out from Alice how vampires spread their deadly, poisonous beauty.

“As predators, we have a glut of weapons in our physical arsenal—much, much more than really necessary. The strength, the speed, the acute senses, not to mention those of us like Edward, Jasper, and I, who have extra senses as well. And then, like a carnivorous flower, we are physically attractive to our prey” (p. 413).

Then after the poor sap, whoever it is, gets bit, the vampire venom spreads through the body.

“It takes a few days for the transformation to be complete, depending on how much venom is in the bloodstream, how close the venom enters to the heart. As long as the heart keeps beating, the poison spreads, healing, changing the body as it moves through it. Eventually, the heart stops, and the conversion is finished” (p. 414).

All right, let’s rewind just a snippet of that, emphasis added: “the poison spreads, healing, changing . . .” Healing poison, up is down, black is white, and the squares are getting rounder every day.

In these books, sin and death are ineffably lovely, and a number of Christian parents say, “yeah, but apart from that, what’s the problem?”



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