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Beyond Fiction: Finding Meaningful Love

Author Kimberly Powers knows that at the core of every young woman’s heart is a longing to be truly loved. She explains how this desire is fueling the popularity of the Twilight movies amongst teen girls. Read Transcript


Terry: WELL, THE

TWILIGHT BOOKS HAVE SOLD

MORE THAN 100 MILLION

COPIES, AND THEY'VE BEEN

TRANSLATED INTO 37

LANGUAGES.

THE MOVIES HAVE BEEN

BLOCKBUSTERS AT THE BOX

OFFICE.

AND TONIGHT THE FINALE OF

THE SAGA OPENS IN SELECTED

THEATERS, AND IT IS EXPECTED

TO BREAK SALES RECORDS.

TAKE A LOOK.

AFTER 18 YEARS OF BEING

UTTERLY ORDINARY, I FINALLY

FOUND THAT I COULD SHINE.

I DIDN'T EXPECT YOU TO

SEEM SO...YOU.

THE FAMILY IS IN DANGER,

I NEED YOUR HELP.

WE WILL JOIN YOU.

WE WILL STAND WITH YOU.

I'VE NEVER BEEN AFRAID OF

VAMPIRES.

Terry: PLEASE WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB" THE AUTHOR

OF THE BOOK "ESCAPING THE

VAMPIRE," KIMBERLY POWERS.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH

US.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: THE IDEA OF

VAMPIRES HAS BEEN AROUND FOR

YEARS, BUT USUALLY IN THE

NEGATIVE CONCEPT.

TALK A BUILT ABOUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING WITH THIS SERIES

THAT STRUCK A CHORD IN OUR

CULTURE.

THERE HAS BEEN SUCH A

CHANGE AND THE LAST 50

YEARS.

THERE IS A CHANGE FROM THIS

EVIL, FANGED, DARK AND BLACK

SCARY FEATURE TO THIS

HANDSOME, DEBONAIR,

MYSTERIOUS CREATURE THAT

DRAWS IN BECAUSE OF THE

MYSTERY.

AND THE DRAW TO THESE TEENS

IS QUITE AMAZING.

Terry: AND HERE IS THE

LAST SEGMENT OF THIS OPENING

IN THEATERS.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

IT IS THE LAST PIECE FROM

ALL OF THE BOOKS SERIES.

IT IS THE FIFTH MOVIE.

IT IS GOING TO LOOK AT THE

STORY, THE ENDING OF THIS

YOUNG WOMAN, BELLA, WHO

THEY'VE SEEN GROW THROUGHOUT

THE MOVIE.

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE END

OF THE SAGA, AND YOU'RE

GOING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS

SHE NOW HAS A CHILD.

AND SHE SAYS THAT THIS IS

WHAT SHE HAS BEEN BORN TO

DO, TO BE A VAMPIRE.

SO I THOUGHT THAT WAS QUITE

INTRIGUING.

Terry: INTERESTING IT

SHOULD END ON THE NOTE OF

BELLA'S LIFE.

CERTAINLY THERE HAVE BEEN

MEN AND WOMEN, YOUNG MEN AND

WOMEN, WHO HAVE BEEN

INTERESTED IN THIS SERIOUS,

BUT PRIMARILY IT HAS BEEN

YOUNG WOMEN THAT HAVE REALLY

HAD THIS STRONG, STRONG

ATTRACTION.

WHY?

YES.

WELL, IT'S A DRAWING.

I DON'T THINK THAT ALL GIRLS

AND WOMEN ARE DRAWN TO

VAMPIRES, BUT THEY'RE DRAWN

TO THE LOVE. THEY'RE DRAWN

TO THAT STORY, THAT

FORBIDDEN LOVE, OFTENTIMES,

THAT DRAWS US IN BECAUSE OF

THE NEED INSIDE OF EACH OF

US.

Terry: WHY DO YOU THINK

THAT WOMEN IDENTIFY WITH

BELLA?

YOU KNOW, AS I WATCHED IT

THE FIRST TIME, THE MOVIE,

AND AS I WAS READING, I

THOUGHT, SHE IS SO NORMAL.

SHE IS ORDINARY.

YOU KNOW, SHE'S NOT SOME

GLAMOUR PERSON.

SHE IS A NORMAL PERSON.

SHE WAS BEING SOUGHT OUT BY

THIS PERSON WHO EVERYBODY

WANTED TO BE BE WITH, BUT HE

SOUGHT HER OUT.

SO IT WAS KIND OF THE ANSWER

TO HER DESIRE, I'M

SOMEBODY.

AND SHE WAS FULFILLED THAT

WAY.

Terry: THIS ALMOST, IN

SOME QUARTERS, AN OBSESSION

WITH THE SERIES, WOULDN'T

YOU SAY?

I WOULD SAY DEFINITELY

THERE IS AN OBSESSION.

IT'S KIND OF SCARY.

Terry: WHY?

I THINK THEY FOLLOWED THE

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BELLA

AND EDWARD.

I THINK IT IS A LOT OF LOVE

RELATIONSHIP, AND IT'S A

LIFE.

IT IS A STORY OUTSIDE OF

THEIR OWN STORY.

WE OFTENTIMES LOOK AT OUR

OWN LIVES AND WE SAY, OH, MY

GOODNESS.

I HAVE THIS SMALL LITTLE

STORY HERE AND I'M NOT WORTH

ANYTHING, AND MY LIFE ISN'T

EXCITING, AND THEN YOU SEE

THIS GLAMOUR STORY OF

ADVENTURE, AND GIRLS ARE

DRAWN TO THAT.

AND IT BECOMES AN

OBSESSION.

Terry: I GUESS THE

INTRIGUING THING IS THAT IT

IS FICTION, YOU KNOW THAT IT

IS FICTION WHILE YOU'RE

READING IT, AND YET THERE IS

SOMETHING IN IT THAT DOES

CONNECT WITH THE HEART OF

ESPECIALLY A YOUNG WOMAN.

IS IT HARMLESS?

WELL, I THINK IT IS

IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE VERY

CAREFUL WITH HOW YOU ARE

TAKING IN THE MOVIE AND THE

BOOKS.

I THINK THAT THAT'S AN

IMPORTANT PIECE.

BECAUSE OUR HEART IS DRAWN,

AND THEN WE CONNECT.

AND THEN WE START

COMPARING.

AND DECISIONS ARE MADE.

AND -- YEAH.

Terry: I WONDER IF

THERE AREN'T A LOT OF

PARENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED,

NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE THEY

KNOW WHAT IS GOOD, BAD, OR

INDIFFERENT ABOUT IT, BUT

JUST BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF

CONNECTION THAT THEIR KIDS

ARE FEELING.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO

PARENTS WHO KIDS HAVE REALLY

GOTTEN INTO BOTH OF BOOKS

AND THE MOVIES?

RIGHT.

AND IT'S OUT THERE IN ALL

WALKS.

Terry: IT HAS BEEN OUT

THERE ARE FOR A WHILE.

FOUR YEARS.

IT IS AMAZING IT STILL HAS

THE DRAW IT DOES.

I WOULD SAY IT IS A

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO

COME ALONGSIDE AND SAY,

WHAT'S SO FABULOUS ABOUT

THIS GUY?

WHAT IS IT?

IT IS THE WAY HE TALKS TO

HER AND THE WAY HE RELATES

TO HER.

WELL, LET ME SHARE WITH YOU

THE TRUE LOVE, THE EPIC

STORY OF LOVE THAT YOU CAN

BE A PART OF.

Terry: TALK ABOUT THAT

FOR A LITTLE BIT.

I THINK THAT THERE IS -- YOU

KNOW, ALL OF US HAVE

EXPERIENCED THAT ANGST THAT

COMES WITH GROWING UP, AND

FIGURING OUT WHO AM I AND

WHERE DOES LOVE FIT INTO MY

LIFE.

BUT TALK ABOUT WHAT IS

MISSING IN THE YOUNG MEN AND

WOMEN AND THE EPIC STORY

THAT YOU'RE DISCUSSING.

THERE IS SUCH A LOSS

SOMETIMES BECAUSE YOUNG

GIRLS AND GUYS HAVE BOUGHT

INTO THE LIES THAT IT IS

OKAY IF I HAVE THESE NEEDS

INSIDE, TO SEEK OUT THESE

THINGS TO KIND OF MEET THE

NEED, RATHER THAN SEEKING

OUT THE LOVER OF THEIR SOUL,

THE EPIC LOVE STORY THAT CAN

FILFULFILL EVERY NEED

WITHOUT LEAVING THEM LONELY,

WITHOUT COMING TO A PLACE

WHERE THEY'RE AT A LOSS.

Terry: SO YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT THE LORD WHO

SEEKS US OUT, WHO HAS

SACRIFICED EVERYTHING FOR

US --

ABSOLUTELY.

Terry: THE PROTECTOR OF

OUR SOUL.

YES.

Terry: THERE ARE A LOT

OF PEOPLE TODAY WHO DON'T

KNOW THIS AND DON'T WALK IN

THIS TRUTH.

NO, THEY DON'T.

AND THEY'RE CLUELESS TO BE

FIERCELY PROTECTIVE AND

MORTALS.

AND HE SEEMS DISTANT, BUT HE

IS NOT.

Terry: THIS IS CALLED

"ESCAPING THE VAMPIRE," AND

THEN HAVE YOUR KIDS READ IT

AND USE IT AS A SUBJECT OF

DISCUSSION IN YOUR HOME.

IT IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS ARE SOLD.

THANK YOU, KIMBERLY.

THANK YOU.

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