Friday, August 22, 2008
What should Sheri Dew?
As some of you may know, Sheri Dew (former 2nd counselor in the General Relief Society) is president of Church owned Deseret Book.
The issue that has risen with some is whether or not Deseret Book should carry the vampire based "Twilight Series" of stories by Stephanie Meyer. Currently, they do. These best-selling books are very profitable and popular and they are about vampires. By carrying this title is Deseret Book sending a message that vampires are cool or acceptable? Stephanie Meyer is a member of the church and it is profitable so I can understand how they have made their case to justify carrying the title.
However, with the backdrop of the 13th article of faith where we as saints claim to seek after things that are lovely, virtuous, and of good report, or praiseworthy, do these books meet that criteria? There are some that believe that by carrying this book it is indirectly giving license for youth of the church to indulge in vampire-ish type stuff including the goth /death culture that often accompanies such society. "We believe in Joseph Smith and in saving doctrines not in vampires." While others feel that it is a fictional story and it should be taken as such. "We have been taught correct principles and should be able to govern ourselves".
So lets try this: If you feel that Deseret Book SHOULD sell the book, comment back with your case as to why it is acceptable.
If you feel that Deseret Book should NOT carry the title, comment back with your reasoning as to why it should be pulled.
You have all weekend to go at it. As for me.... since I know that they have chosen to not carry certain titles about Joseph Smith because perhaps the are too controversial, but they have chosen to carry this title, I think they are at the very least being money grubbing hypocrites. I understand some of the arguments for allowing the Meyer titles to be sold in the stores, and I feel that there is some merit to them. But as for me, I would think that with such close ties with the church, perhaps it would be better to avoid the appearance of evil.