A Book Review of Married in Black

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Married in Black  by Christina Cordaire

Type: Christian Fiction, Romance

Basic Plot: Virginia Davenport’s husband has died in the war. David Norris, a rich rancher, is looking for a perfect woman. The two marry, expecting a life of bliss and pleasure, but each find that the other is holding some pretty guarded secrets.


Plot: 3/5 Average: The plot is in many ways cliché. It mixes the many genres of arranged marriage, Christian romance, and western together. In a way, it reminds me of a uptown version of A Bride for Donnigan (when considering plot). Characters marry out of need, move to the west, Victorian, get closer to God, and fall in love. Though the plot is cliché, I think the presentation is what saved it.

The characters were in the same boat. The personalities were realistic for a romance light hearted romance novel, though cliché. The common mysterious but nice male love interest is used, as well as the female being a mixture of submissive Christian maiden and rebellious woman child. (I know, a paradox, but a paradox not too infrequent in Christian fiction.)

Writing Style and Setup: 3½/5 Above Average: The writing style of this book are not extraordinary, but are better than a lot of Christian fiction books I have read. It was smooth and palatable to the mind. Though the plot was cliché, it was presented in a way that fans of the genre would eat it up with pleasure. One wants to know what happens, and the mind is not dulled by poor or boring writing.

As for pacing, it was a bit slow at times and a little to fast at others, but was all in all agreeable. I do think it may have been a bit too long, but then again, I am a very succinct writer myself. I believe that every word written should be there out of necessity, and not a syllable more.

Moral: 3/5 A Good Moral: The overall moral of the story is to trust God, as Virginia has to trust God after she has married her husband. She finds out some things that she does not like about him and has to hand these over to God. Another good lesson is that one should pray about and think about big decisions like marriage before just acting. Virginia does neither before she marries David, and even in the face of warning signs that this is not the person she should marry, she pushes them aside and marries him anyway.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: Though not outstanding, Married in Black, in quality, is a good read over a few afternoons. It’s something I could see a bed ridden patient, elderly lady, or middle school girl reading to pass lonely hours, especially if they are a fan of Jannette Oke books (though in my opinion, this book was much, much better).

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2/5 Suggestive Themes: It is mentioned that a man looks at his wife, with her bare shoulders, with “hunger.” There are several very light references that a couple made or will make love in writing and speech, but they are done in such a way that innocent minds probably won’t pick it up. A woman blushes at some of these comments. It mentions that a husband made his wife “his in every way on the nights.” A woman has originally low dresses, though her husband has her wear extra cloth where her breast would be showing. A man helps his wife undress from her outer clothes, and he sees his wife in her corset and petticoat. A man is briefly mentioned to be a “flirt.” Married characters kiss at least eighteen times (maybe more), though it is not ever described in detail, sometimes the emotions are briefly mentioned. Unmarried characters that are engaged kiss twice and hug once. Married characters hug, and a man carries his wife at least once.

Violence: 2/5 Light Violence and Brief Mentions: A man shoots at some characters. A man purposefully bumps a woman into a wall. A woman playfully punches her husband once. A woman imagines people falling in front of animals and vehicles and being killed. A woman several times wants to hurt her husband and sometimes teases about it. This includes kicking, pinching, and throttling. A character is mentioned to be worried about his daughter being scalped. A woman worries that a man will try to hurt her husband. Characters talk about humans and animals potentially getting hurt.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 2/5 Brief Swearing: God’s name is taken in vain once, but the offender is rebuked. A man misuses “jackass” once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 Brief Mention: A woman worries briefly that a horse will die and that she and her husband will be crushed or hurt by a wagon. A man and woman get caught in a storm; it is not really scary, though a woman is scared by a falling tree. Characters talk about dueling for honor. Falling and snakes bites are mentioned together once. A woman thinks that her daughter is better as a mail order bride than bride to a “maimed survivor of war.” Several men died in the Civil War, which is referred to throughout the book. A man says that he is a “good shot.” Characters mention or do feel pain from riding horses and wagons. Characters cry from loneliness. A horse is named “Crusader.” “Die,” “plague,” “war,” and “wound” are used for descriptive purposes, as well as things such as “a bear with a soar paw.”

Religious Issues: 1½/5 Some Controversy: A woman accidentally marries a non-Christian. A woman once talks about luck, but both she and another character conclude that it is not real. A woman thinks about how she had though herself “lucky” instead of blessed. A man jokes about naming his horses after the four Gospels, but after being reproved, he admits it was “disrespectful” and chooses not to. One briefly mentioned church is called Saint John’s Episcopal Church. “Herculean” is used for descriptive purposes. A man asks his wife if figuratively her husband’s “ghost will be between” them.

Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: “Fairy tale,” “magic,” “magical,” and “ogre” are used for descriptive purposes.

Others: A saloon is briefly mentioned. A man lies that he named his horse after a drunkard. A woman’s clothes are sometimes said to be a bit manly in style. “Gamble” is used for descriptive purposes.

Overall: More conservative Christians will not like, and may even be disappointed, in the swearing and sensual content. I was a little disappointed. I understand unsaved people using this kind of content in their writing, but rarely do I understand born again Christians doing so. More liberal Christians may have no problem with some of the things in here, and if so, I would recommend it for preteens at least twelve and older.



A Book Review of Who Could That Be at This Hour?

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

Type: Adventure, Children’s

Basic Plot: Lemony Snicket writes about a particular time during his childhood. It involves him going to a near abandoned town, trying to figure out what’s really going on.


Plot: 4/5 Well Done: A prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events, Who Could That Be at This Hour? is again a darkly funny, exciting book that will be a memorable adventure for children and teenagers of all ages. The plot is similar to the later books in ASUE, characters filled to the brim with quirks all fighting for an object that has some unknown worth. Despite a plot that may be a bit familiar to readers of the series, the characters and scenery make up for any potential feelings of boredom.

Writing Style and Setup: 4½/5 Amazing: Lemony Snicket’s style has blossomed from the days of ASUE. He is less wordy in these books, but still speaks in a clever, charming manner that grasps the readers mind with a forcible attraction.

The book moves at a perfect pace. It has a clear opening and ending and has little in between content that was boring. Often books in series have content that is dull that was clearly put there to lengthen the book. Rather than adding scenes, Mr. Snicket has carefully included characters that build on each other in meaningful scenes. This is the kind of content classics are built on.

Moral: 1½/5 No Clear Moral, with Some Negative Undertones: The moral of the series is so far ambiguous. There seems to be no true moral. Outside of this, there are some negative undertones, mainly Your Parents are Dumb and Your Neighbor is Evil. As in most of his books, adults are shown to be stupid, evil, or weak. Children are practically running the town Snicket is staying in, and Snicket says that adults and children live in totally different worlds. Characters also seem to believe the ends justify the means. Snicket and a woman plan to rob a woman to “steal back” something that was stolen, though Snicket does not really want to do it. (Though not for moral reasons.)

On a more positive note, Snicket is frequently shown to hold promises in high regard and hates to make them because of this. This moral is a biblical one that I was happy to see.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: Despite the lacking moral, Who Could It Be at This Hour? did not disappoint. It was the kind of clever, humorous, exciting story I would expect from Lemony Snicket. I recommended it to children and teenagers between twelve and sixteen.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2/5 Brief Mention: A naked statue of a woman is referred to and seen by a boy. There is no picture of it shown in the book. A boy is accused of “hanky-panky” because he was at a girl’s house, alone with her. A boy teases a boy and girl that they like each other and is said to have sung the song about “sitting in a tree.” The lyrics are not mentioned.

Violence: 2/5 Brief, Light Violence: A boy throws a rock at another boy but misses. He talks about hitting birds with rocks, and a picture shows him aiming at one. A boy pinches another boy. A girl digs her nails into a boy. A woman nearly slaps a child, who mentions he was not used to such behavior. Later, he briefly worries that she will try to again, but she doesn’t. It is mentioned that a woman once killed a creature called the Bombinating Beast.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2/5 Some Scary Content: Some characters hear a woman screaming and search a house looking for her as she screams. A woman is discovered in a basement, tied up and nearly drowned; she is saved. A picture of this is shown. A boy finds a woman tied up on her bed, screaming, and he unties her. She says that he “threatened to kill” her, and that they will “both” die if they don’t do what he says. She then cries from fear. It is mentioned that a girl looked like she had once cried a long time, turning her eyes from black to grey. Some people attempt and fail to drug and kidnap Snicket. A woman supposedly killed a Bombinating Beast, but one person thinks she merely discovered a dead walrus. A legend mentions that the Bombinating Beast ate humans, and it is mentioned that women told their families it “would eat them if they did not finish their vegetables.” A boy has a scab, possibly from his brother poking him. “Slapped” is used for descriptive purposes.

Religious Issues: 1/5 Mentions of Mythology: The book focuses around a statue of a “mythical” creature called the Bombinating Beast. Besides the statute, there are several items of it, one company having made it their theme. A boy reads a book called Stain’d Myths from the Mythology section at the library to learn about legends concerning the Bombinating Beast. He reads various stories about them, which are briefly detailed. It is mentioned that “locals dressed up as the Bombinating Beast on Halloween and Purim.” “Ghost: is used for descriptive purposes.

Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: A book briefly mentions a myth about witches who had ink instead of blood. It briefly mentions that a wizard is rumored to once have controlled an animal. There is mention to The Lord of the Rings, though not by title. They mention the elves, useless wizards (and their presence in literature in general), and the chasing of the ring.

Others: Tap dancing is briefly mentioned twice. A grown woman claims once that a thirteen year old boy is her husband and that they are honeymooning, but she is lying. The Wind in the Willows and The  There are references to other books that are not mentioned by title, such as The Lord of the Rings and Little House in the Big Woods. There is an indirect reference to the jazz musician Duke Elligton, mentioning a book in a Music section of a library named after one of his songs and a key character who likes that kind of music is named Elligton.

Overall: 2/5 Child Appropriate: Some of the intense moments may be a little spooky for young children, but overall, I would recommend this book morally to children ten to twelve and older, depending on the child. The worst thing outside of the intense moments is probably the mythical history of the Bombinating Beast and the naked statue.

Tv Series

A TV Series Review of Anne with an E

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Anne with an E (aka Anne) by Moira Walley-Beckett (Episodes 1-3)

Type: Historical

Basic Plot: Anne Shirley has ling been neglected and abused. Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert need a boy to help do the farm chores. In a twist of fate, the two accidentally adopt Anne, and decide to keep her, despite her strange ways and their needs.


Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The story at first follows the same plot, and the characters are the same, but great changes have been made to plot and personalities as the series goes on. Characters are more realistic in that everything is not always roses, but this is sometimes taken to the point that is too dark to be enjoyable. Anne of Green Gables is originally a children’s book about the fears and wonders of childhood, as well as confronting problems children could be going through. One can tell in this series that the creators are trying to do the same, but in a different manner. The address much darker and more adult issues than the book did.

Acting: 4/5 Well Done: Despite that I am a fan of the original movie, my endearment to it did not make the acting in this movie less entertaining than the other one. The actors and actresses all did a good job at portraying the characters in a way that was both familiar and new, something that is good for remakes of already popular classics.

Costumes and Scenery: 4/5 Well Done: The costumes are beautiful and accurate. The time period is elegant without being too fairy tale like. Realistic without being boring.

The scenes were similar. It was not over the top but believable, yet this believability did not make it any less than beautiful.

Moral: 1/5 Negative Morals: Most of the morals in the series are prevented from a completely different angle than the books and movies. The moral is more progressive, pushy, and loud. Rather than preach confidence and friendliness and perseverance, it teaches nonchalance and stubbornness. The attitude of the characters is different, and everything positive about the morals of the book is given a negative feel, especially Anne’s angry feminist speeches about why she is just as good as boy. Though that may be true, the attitude about it is quite cheeky.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: Though different than the movie, several things in this show make it beautiful in its own way. The plot is darker and more adult, but some of the same innocence of the original can be seen in it. The main problems with this series are not in quality but are in the moral content, attitude of the characters, and the overall moral itself.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 4/5 Explicit Verbal Sexual Content: Anne tells her friend that men have a “mouse in their front pocket,” and that this is what makes babies, though it is clear she does not completely understand what this means. Later, she tells her friends in detail that she heard her past foster mother “petting his [her husband’s] mouse,” sometimes by force. She then tells the students that their teacher and another student are doing this and “making a baby,” as well as “having intimate relations,” though they are not. Again, all of this is said without truly understand what this is. This becomes a major problem in the series, causing the Cuthberts awkward grief and shame in the town.

Anne is seen in her under things, which are shorts and a tank top, and is seen by a man and women like this. A woman says she is not surprised the feminist do not go out “dancing naked” and “burning” their “corsets.” A man is in love with one of his older students, and they once hold hands.

Violence: 1/5 Brief Light Violence: A woman slaps a child. A boy pulls a girl’s braids. A boy threatens Anne for spreading rumors, and nearly does something to her until he is stopped.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 1/5 Some Misuse: “Lord” is used several times.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Bullying and Abuse: Anne is bullied by children verbally and physically, once having a mouse shoved in her face. She is called a “orphan” and a “dog” by past and present companions. A man tries to kidnap Anne by saying he has come to “take her home” and that he has “sweets in [his] carriage.” When he fails, he tells some boys the something similar.

Religious Issues: ½/5 Anne says a prayer for the first time, and some may think its humorous, awkwardness is a bit sacrilegious. Marilla calls Anne “a perfect heathen” for having never said her prayers growing up.

Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: Anne talks about fairies at least once.

Others: Anne has two angry, feminist outburst, saying that “a girl can do as much as a boy and more!” All of this is said in a nasty, angry manner. Some women ask Marilla to join PMSS, “The Progressive Woman’s Sewing Society.” Anne talks about how a man was a drunkard that forced himself on his wife.

Overall: 4/5 Adult Appropriate: I do not recommend this show to children or teenagers. I only got to episode three, the content disturbing me so much. The content itself may not have bothered me so much if it was not for the fact that the TV show is recommended on Netflix kids and rated PG. If it had been rated appropriately, the discovery may have been less appalling.

NOTE: I’m apologize if this review is not as accurate as some others. I did not finish the series or take the kinds of notes I should have, but I felt that it would be helpful to warn parents of what is being advertised on Netflix supposed Kid’s channel.


Cute But Not So Kid Friendly Dress Up Game… An App/Game Review of Love Nikki-Dress UP Queen

Love Nikki-Dress Up Queen by Elex

Type: Dress Up

Basic Game Setup: Nikki ends up on accident in a magical land that is ruled by who’s wearing what. To save the world, Nikki has to dress like the best in all styles and shades.


Game Play and Plot: 3½/5 Average: The game seemed to be a cross between a dress up game and a game where you travel worlds fixing people’s problems like Candy Crush or Homescapes. One travels through levels competing in dress up competitions with various characters over who fits the style theme better. One must wisely buy clothes and accessories to beat the characters in the game. The creators are very involved in the game creating various goals to, outfit sets, and side stories to entertain players.

While I will say that while this is much deeper than a majority of dress up games- and I highly applaud that- it does have some weaknesses. The plot is good for a dress up game (how many dress up games even have a plot?), but the dialogue tends to be weak. It kind of goes, “I’m in a hurry” or “I have a problem… by the way, want to have a fashion contest?” As if that wasn’t random or awkward at all. Nikki must be saying, “While you need to leave for your interview in three minutes let me go shopping and compare my clothes to yours!” On a more positive side, I do give the game points for having voice actors and actresses for the various characters. That’s something I would like to see in more games. The creators did care about making the game interesting and attention getting, they just didn’t write the greatest dialogue. (Think along the lines of puzzle game dialogue.)

On a more social side, the game can be hooked up to one’s Facebook account and make in game friends, but there is the safer, no friend option of being a guest. This saves the data on the device rather than online, meaning you lose the data if your delete the game, but don’t have contact with strangers.

Graphics: 4½/5 Amazing Quality: The game has beautiful, well drawn graphics that exceed a majority of dress up games. It’s obvious that the creators didn’t just want to make another children’s game that would be lost in a menagerie of children’s games. Time and care was taken to make beautiful, detailed outfits that are every cosplayer and fashionistas dream come true. Some may even see some of the outfits as inspiration when making ones own clothing.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: This is, in many ways, a fashion game at its finest. Beautiful clothes, a moderately suspenseful story, and good voice acting all make this game more meaningful than the cheesy dress up games that might be on your five your old niece’s tablet. In quality only, I would recommend this game to girls under eight to fourteen. Unfortunately, there’s more to games than quality. There’s the moral content.

Moral Content

Official Rating: E

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 3/5 Immodest Clothing and Undergarments: There are numerous low and short dresses, shorts, and skirts that show off immodesty, and sometimes the stomach. The character can be undressed to their underwear. There are net stocking and underwear combos, with varying detail and descriptions, as well as at swimsuits and bikinis. One is even named Victoria’s Secret, and another makes a joke about how the lace, though covering more, won’t take away any sexiness. Your clothing can be “sexy” or have a “sexy” theme, and girls from one land are said to dress in a “sexy, bad girl” style. “Prince’s of true love” is the title of an achievement, though it does not actually have to do with kissing (I think).

There are “lolita” style clothing, but this is NOT in any way in reference to the book, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (which is basically about a man’s ‘romantic’ obsession twelve year old). Lolita fashion in Japan is merely a feminine, innocent fashion style that has nothing to do with the novel.

Violence: ½/5 Brief Mention: A woman says a “cat… assaulted” her. (Not sexually.) Swordmen and hunting games are mentioned.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 Some Disturbing Content: Some of the ghost themes have skeletons and creepy corn dolls. It is mentioned that a king died, and his picture is shown. War, the war spirit, and armies are mentioned. Characters are mentioned to have been crying. “Kill” is used for descriptive purposes.

Religious Issues: 2/5 Frequent Mention: Someone is called a “Reincarnated Goddess,” though it is not clear if she is or not. Women are called goddesses in stories. ”There are several “goddess” outfits and clothes named after false goddesses like Athena. Clothing can have a “goddess” and/or a “hindu” theme. It mentions that people “worshiped style and design” in the country the game is set in. There is at least one mention of a seer. There is at least one mention of karma. There are mentions of ghosts, and there are ghost themed events. There is mention of a demon in one outfit. There are clothes that reference the Chinese zodiac. There is a good luck fortune cat.

Magic: 2/5 Some Reference and Use: A women says she summoned a character. There are witch outfits. There are mentions of elves, fairies, dryads, phantoms, and vampires in clothing and/or in general. There are clothes based off of fairy tales such as Snow White. “Fairy tale” and “magical” used for descriptive purposes.

Others: The main character can dress up in manly clothes. “Alice in Wonderland” is mentioned, and there is clothing based off of it. “Barbie” is mentioned at least once. There are dancer, gothic, pop, rock, and unisex style clothing, outfits, and descriptions. Dancing is mentioned. The player can wear tattoos. A cat says it will “fall in love” with the human player for dressing so well, though this is likely not a serious comment. “Wine” is used for descriptive purposes.

Overall: 3½/5 Almost Teenage Appropriate: I started this game honestly hoping this would be kind of like Barbie when it came to modesty, a little too revealing but in the end not meaning any harm. Then came the net stockings and black underwear that nobody needs to be seeing. I honestly don’t see who the company was trying to reach; children that won’t pick up on the adult jokes and fashions or adults that probably wouldn’t be interested in this kind of game anyway. The game had given some clearly adult clothing but seemed to be aimed at preteens and young teenagers. In all, I don’t strongly recommend the game, mainly because of the overtly sexual clothing one can wear. The only person I could see playing it would probably be a grown woman that likes dress up games and fashion, and even then, I would keep it away from my children’s prying eyes.


A Movie Review of The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004) by Andrew Lloyd Weber (Producer) and Joel Schumacher (Director0

Type: Romance, Thriller

Basic Plot: Christine, a chorus girl, is being obsessively stalked by a mysterious troublemaker that lives under the opera house she works in.


Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The story was better than others in that it did try to be accurate and that it did have some really good scenes. Things were added to the script that had not been there before, some of which I found funny and added to the story. Others, though, were cheap and did not need to be there. The story went at a good pace and the events of the story were not too fast or too slow.

Acting: 3/5 Average: The acting was mediocre at worst and believable at best. Since I have the stage play and numerous mocking memes, I don’t know if I will ever be able to take this movie as seriously as I should, but I will try. The characters were not bad actors, per say. Though there are several tender and emotional scenes, there is almost real emotion and expression. Another thing I noticed was that the characters seemed to do better when they were talking, not singing. I think part of the reason for this is because the actors did not really know how to sing and act at the same time. The French voice actors had at times more emotional appeal than the English ones did. I think that above all this was the true killer of the movie’s mood, as an emotional story in song is what a musical essentially is.

Costumes and Scenery: 4/5 Well Done: Costumes were beautiful, especially in the song masquerade. Poor and rich shone in this story. My only complaint was that nearly every woman’s outfit and most men’s seemed to be trying to test the bounds of modesty.

Scenery was beautiful. If the creators did anything right, it was in making a beautiful set with some carefully well shot scenes. The beginning was by far my favorite part of the movie, and several special scenes and details are added throughout to add things the stage play couldn’t.

Music: 3½/5 Above Average: Several characters had beautiful voices that brought pleasure to me. The actress in this movie is one of my favorite Christines when it comes to voice (acting is another story). The side characters also had pleasant voices that were entertaining. There was one voice that I did not care for, and that was the Phantom’s. He didn’t necessarily have a bad voice as much as I don’t think his voice fit the role.

Moral: 2½/5 Good and Bad Moral: This story, as with so many others, has both positive and negative aspects to it. It is essentially a story of redeeming love, as Christine’s love prevents the Phantom from doing more harm, but that does not mean it does not have negative undertones. The Phantom was beaten frequently as a child, driving him to murder his abuser and go into hiding until the present day. Elements such as this and his loneliness are used to make him a sympathetic character to the audience. Rather than being repulsed by him, the actress is almost eager to spend her life with him. She does not care that he is a murderous lunatic, or if she does, she does not let it on until he almost kills her fiancé. Then with her love she forgives him and “heals” him. We should always forgive those that wrong us and love him, but I don’t necessarily know if this is the best way to present the moral. It does tend to be more than a little in favor of the Phantom then the stage play was, which showed him a more as a sad, yet in the end still evil character.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: Though this is much better than a majority of Phantom movies (most aren’t even rated within the bounds of decency), I will say that it has several weak points such as poor acting and mediocre singing. The effort and potential are there, but the final product was not outstanding. I would recommend the stage play in quality far above the movie. If one wanted to watch it, I believe girls and women ages twelve to adult would enjoy it most, if one only considers quality.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2½/5 Very Suggestive Content: Some people may feel uncomfortable with the theme of the movie, which is about a masked man stalking a girl he is in love with. Some people especially do not like this version as the girl in this movie looks between seventeen and twenty-one in appearance while the man looks as if he is in his late twenties to his early thirties. A man is briefly seen lifting a woman’s skirt and looking under it. Women wear quite low clothing and clothes that sometimes show shoulders. The outlines of women’s legs are seen through thin skirts. Men go open shirts and shirtless; sometimes with gold over certain private body parts on their chest. Women’s ballet clothing can be quite revealing, showing the stomach and entire thigh. A man moons a woman. There is varying artwork of naked people, showing bottoms, thighs, and bare chest, the first for only men and the last two for both genders. Characters dance sensually grabbing each other and shaking their hips. In an opera, a woman is cheating on her husband with a servant. In the opera, a man aims for a woman’s bottom and accentuates another’s, while a clown attempts to do so and fails. A man says this what “the public loves.” In it, a man suggestively says he wishes he “would gladly take the maid with” him on his business trip. Women are seen being laced in corsets at least twice. A woman begins to unbutton her jacket in a room full of girls and one man; nothing is seen by anybody. A man is in a room with several single women in their night clothes and regular outfits. A man mentions he and his friend were invited to a women’s room; he waves flirtatiously at her. There are kisses between unmarried couples four times, and once between a couple who’s status is not known. A couple is briefly seen making out in a hallway. A man attempts to kiss a woman once. A man takes a necklace from a girl, but the necklace is on an extremely low dress and his hand is basically touching her bare bosom. A man carries a woman to a passed out bed, but they do not do anything together. A man caresses a woman while she is awake and her face once when she is asleep. Men make comments on and give glances to the beauty of women.

The song Music of the Night has suggestive lyrics, but nothing sexual outside of some caressing happens. The lyrics to The Point of No Return are much more suggestive, but nothing sexual accepting caressing happens, as in the above song. The song Don Juan Triumphant has several cloaked references to sex in it. In Prima Donna, two men briefly mention they think that an unmarried couple “slept” together. In one song, a man mentions his disfigurement has kept him from “the joys of the flesh” after a woman asks in song if she will “be prey in his lust for flesh.”

Lyrics to Music of the Night

Lyrics to The Point of No Return

Lyrics to Don Juan Triumphant

Violence: 2½/5 Some Violence: Two men get in a sword fight which results in some blood. A man is hung in the middle of a performance. A man beats a child with a stick and knocks him over with his leg as people throw food at him. A boy chokes a man with a rope. A man passes out from being hit with a stick. A woman slaps a man on the face and another one on the hand. A woman shoves and knocks down other women. A stage curtain is dropped on a woman, who is unharmed. A man’s arm bleeds and leaves blood in the snow.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 2½/5 Moderate Swearing: God’s name is taken in vain seven times. Forms of “damn” are misused four times. “Hell” is misused twice. “As God’s my judge” is said once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2/5 Some Disturbing Content: The plot is about a man obsessively stalking a woman he is in love with, though the creepy tones are cooler than some stage plays are. I believe there is crying once, and there are a few emotional scenes. A man’s face is deformed, but this is limited to red, marked skin, not being very disturbing for adults, teenagers, and even some children. Men are hug by a grown man and once a child. The dead men’s faces are shown and once the hanging body. A man is nearly drowned and hung. A chandelier falls and several explosions go off in a building. A man angrily smashes mirrors. A man roughly drags a woman to his house. Furniture is seen burning. There is a brief painting of a woman holding a plate with a man’s head on it. A man describes what he thinks the phantom looks like, with no nose and paper skin. A woman pretends to choke a man. A woman faints onto a man. A woman visits a graveyard, and it mentions her father died years ago. A man goes to his wife’s grave. A man takes out a sword and points and pokes people with it. A man swings a gibbet at a man. A man ropes a woman with a lasso “playfully” and growls at her. Characters worry they will be stalked until they die. In an opera, a man says a man “would die of shock” if he knew his wife was cheating on him. A woman sings that a man will kill people. A sword has a skull decoration on it. Characters repeatedly chant that they will find a murderer. A man asks if a man thought “he would harm” a woman. A man says his face forces him to “wallow in blood.”  “Carcass,” “infection,” “mask of death,” “poisons,” and “war” are used for descriptive purposes.  A man tells a woman not to “be a martyr.” Tears are mentioned in song.

Religious Issues: 1/5 Some Mention: A key object is sold in lot 666. A woman is called “Goddess of song.” A woman believes her father’s dead spirit from heaven is teaching her how to sing; he isn’t. A man is called a “phantom” and a “ghost,” though he in truth has no supernatural powers. Ghosts in general are mentioned, mainly in reference to the phantom. In an opera, some characters say a woman is “bound for Hades” for cheating on her husband. A woman that is no doubt a fortune teller caresses a crystal ball. A boy is called “The Devil’s Child” in a freak show for being deformed. Characters once worry that the phantom will curse the opera. A man compares his appearance to a “demon” and a “gargoyle who burns in hell.” Ghouls, priest, and satyrs are briefly mentioned once in a song about costumes. A song mentions goblins and if a girl likes them better than other things. A woman calls a man a “fallen idol.” A girl in a song is once called “the sacrificial lamb.” A man says his home is “as deep as hell.”

Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: A man is called “a magician.” A lasso is called “magical;” it isn’t.

Others: The title song has a rock beat in the background. Characters smoke and drink, one frequent extra particularly seeming to like drinking. Characters dance at a ball and perform ballet. In an opera a girl plays the part of a boy having an affair with a woman. There is a once briefly seen bearded lady, which is really a man in a dress. A woman once dresses in man’s clothes. A man is covered in tattoos. Wine is mentioned in a song once. A man has shoulder length hair.

Overall: I do not recommend Phantom of the Opera because of its sexual content. Almost every outfit is extremely immodest and the song lyrics are quite suggestive. At least onstage, the clothing was partially controlled and their was not near as much nudity in statues and people.



A Book Review of Unashamed

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Unashamed by Francine Rivers

Type: Biblical, Christian Fiction, Romance

Basic Plot: Rahab, in agony over the knowledge that she will die when the Israelites attack, wants only to serve the God of Israel and be safe. Meanwhile, Salmon is eager to claim the Promise Land as his home country and to serve God. Will these two meet and see both of their wishes come true?


Plot: 3/5 Average: The story of Rahab was in many ways just a slightly more descriptive Bible story. Now, the purpose of historical novels is to add details to true stories. I have nothing against this, and I think Francine Rivers does a good job at trying to be accurate and linear. Despite this, I do think that this book would have been better as a full-length novel rather than a novelette. I think it was fine the way it was written and that it did fit the series and devotional better this way, but one can see the potential in the book as they read it. Since going that though would have taken away from the point of the series though, I understand that it was written the way it was, short and sweet. Only she would know what God’s ultimate plan for this book was. What was there, though, told a beautiful, simple story of what Rahab’s life may have been like.

Writing Style and Setup: 3½/5 Above Average: I do like Francine Rivers style than most other Christian fiction authors. She seems to have a good understanding of what is and is not important in adding details, as well as how to tell a story from start to finish in an organized manner. One can get lost in the story much better than one can in other Christian fiction novels.

Moral: 3/5 Good Moral with Possibly Negative Undertones: The moral of the story is to trust God no matter what. The protagonist Rahab embodies faith in God, willing to sacrifice all for him and put anything aside to follow him, which saves her and her family. This novelization of a true story is a good lesson to read, but not all of the presentation was necessarily the best. Rahab had a zeal for God that tends to frighten her family. Non-Christians may look at her as bossy, controlling, and terrifying, looking at Christina zeal as nothing more than oppression. Even young Christians, both literally and spiritually could be led to this conclusion. Christians will probably understand though that Rahab lived in a more oppressive and controlling time as a whole, where everyone in a land or family was one religion, regardless of what it was, as well as that God was saving the lives of Rahab and her family, making it not too unreasonable for it to be expected that they give up false gods considering they are relying on the true one to save their life. One can’t get something for nothing. I do prefer though to read about Christians though that are “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” It has been proven that forced religion will end up as fake religion eventually.

Overall: 3/5 Average: I do not think this book was as good as the previous one Unveiled, but it was better than a lot of other Christian fiction novels. I believe the reason the story was not as interesting was because Unveiled is about a rarely discussed or known about woman, while Unashamed is about a woman that is far more talked about and known. I would say it is above average for a Christian fiction and average as a whole. I think the group that would enjoy it most is grown woman.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2½/5 Frequent, Non-sensual Mention: The protagonist is a prostitute. She is referred to in the book as a “whore” and a “harlot” by herself, other characters, and the book, and it is mentioned that she is known as a whore. Near the beginning of the book, she is sitting beside a man that slept with the night before, but she feels nothing but disgust for him. She kisses him, and he kisses her neck and hugs her. She stops him from caressing her. It mentions that a woman was ordered to sleep with a man as a child and that she used this to her advantage to become a prostitute. It mentioned that she pretended to enjoy this. A young woman worries that she will have to live in poverty as a prostitute. A woman asks a man if he wants to marry her because of her “character attributes” while she touches her “neckline.” It mentions that a man tries hard not to look at a woman’s hip. A woman blows a kiss at some men and uses a “seductive” voice to deceive people watching. Men call a prostitute “my sweet” and “my beauty.” Characters whistle when a woman hangs her leg out, and they yell vulgar things at another time, though it does not say what they specifically said. It is mentioned that Amorite men are especially vulgar and “boast” of their “experience.” It is mentioned that men refuse to look at a woman’s bed. A woman offers to hide men in her bed, which clearly disgusts one. A woman wonders if a man will kiss her; he doesn’t. A man helps rescue a woman by putting his arm around her waist, thought his is not done sensually. A prostitute tells a married man to go home. A man says red is the color of harlots, though his relative insists it is the color of blood. It is mentioned that some men once raped a woman. A man says a woman no doubt has diseases from being a prostitute. The men of Israel are all circumcise, though no details of the process are given besides that the men are afterwards weak and scarred. Some men tell a woman that the have laws about fornication, adultery, and prostitution; the woman then willingly ends her life as a prostitute. It is mentioned that some men had more than one wife and that one had a concubines. A man blushes from liking a woman.

Violence: 2/5 Light Violence: Some men practice fighting. A man fights several men, slicing one. A woman throws a shoe at a man. A woman smacks a man on the back of the head. Several times the protagonist thinks about throwing things at people and once about shaking them. It is mentioned that men are killed in war. It is mentioned that a man no doubt had a “violent death.” A woman “slaps” a man “playfully.” Characters mention that prostitution is punishable by death.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 Brief Mention and Possible Misuse: Characters at least once say “by the gods.” Characters curse, but it does not say what they said.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2/5 Slightly Emotional and Disturbing Content: The Israelites destroying Jericho is described in partial detail. It mentions that everywhere there are dead bodies and fire and that one can smell “burning flesh.” It is mentioned that the Israelites and God destroyed several towns and that they burned and killed everything and everybody. A man suggests that his family drink hemlock so that they will not have to be “hacked to pieces” by the Israelites. A woman worries about the head and bodies of the some men hanging on a wall. Men briefly consider killing a woman; they don’t. It is mentioned in slight detail that babies are forcibly taken and burned alive for the purpose of divine blessings. It is mentioned that Jewish children were thrown into the river by the Egyptians. It is mentioned that it sounded like a man fell off a wall and was trampled by a mob. It is mentioned that characters were killed for disobeying God and that Moses died. It mentions that God saved people from death, which is in many ways is the theme of the book. It mentions that Joseph and the Israelites were made to be slaves. A man wonders how many will die “in battle.” A woman believes God will not “waste… lives.” Characters cry from a feeling of rejection and disappointment. A woman asks her daughter is she is crying for the dead; she isn’t. Characters know they will be executed if they played he traitor, and other characters wonder if others got executed, though they weren’t. Some people wonder how the Israelites will destroy the wall of Jericho. The plagues of Egypt are mentioned and what they were, including the Nile River turning to blood, animal death, “disease, boils, hail,” and death of the firstborn. The last one is mentioned two or three times, at least one mentioning the angel of death. A boy cries out while being circumcised. A man almost faints from circumcision and is in great pain. A woman worries her father will fall and break his neck from tree climbing. A woman has blood on her face from mob panic. A man has blood from another man staining his clothes. A man’s leg hurts. A man says a woman no doubt has diseases from being a prostitute. A woman sarcastically asks if some men are “waiting… for the king’s executioner” because they are not hiding. “Slaughterhouse” and “walking dead” are used for descriptive purposes.

Religious Issues: 2/5 Negative Appearance: People have idols of clay and human skulls. Children are once mentioned to be covered in talismans. Ancestor worship is mentioned. A woman throws all of these idols and talismans out of her house. Her family decides they will worship them anyway after they leave her. It mentions that people were forced to burn their babies alive for blessings from false gods. It is briefly mentions that men sacrifice to false gods and goddesses. A man calls God and his powers “myths,” and characters that don’t believe in God say it “god.” There is occasional mention of “the gods” and how a woman thinks they are fake and useless. Later she points out that she has no “idols or talismans.”

Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: Balaam, the sorcerer, is briefly mentioned and that he blessed Israel, though he was hired to curse it. This event happened in the Bible.

Others: Characters consume, serve, and think about serving wine. A man asks a woman if she wants to get drunk with him; she refuses. A woman lies that she is shaking from a hangover, though the term “hangover” isn’t used. Wine is poured on the sand as a part of the Passover ritual.

Overall: 3½/5 Almost Teenager Appropriate: Because the book is about a prostitute, though little detail is given, many parents may want to wait until their children are sixteen before letting their children read it. The disturbing themes in the book may also be a hindrance. To put it simply, it has nearly adult content that is not described in detail.


A Movie Review of Love Comes Softly

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Love Comes Softly by Michael Landon Jr. (Director)

Type: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Western

Basic Plot: After Marty’s husband dies, she forces herself into a temporary marriage of convenience with Clark Davis, a man she has just met. As she discovers the healing that God and love have for her, she wonders if she really wants this marriage to remain only temporary.


Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: Love Comes Softly mixes tragedy and comedy with a puff of Christianity. Though the theme is sad and the characters hurting, humorous events and circumstances lighten the sad themes. Throughout, God is given respect and honor through prayer and hymns. The only complaint is that some of the writing did sound a little forced and awkward, but this was only occasionally. Most of it was natural and even at times touching.

Acting: 4/5 Well Done: Unlike the wooden and even painful acting of most Christian movies, this movie has real acting and professional actors and actresses. I believe using real actors and actresses really helped make the movie flow well, as that is what most of the movie hangs on. Scenes of drama and crying touch the heart, causing the viewers to feel the characters pain.

Costumes and Scenery: 4/5 Well Done: Costumes are modest, elegant, and accurate. Perhaps because the movie is not too new, the outfits do not have the brushed over magical look that many movies and TV series tend to have. Though I often like the done up look, since the movie was done on the prairie, I feel like the roughness adds to the realism.

Scenes were well decorated and shot. Whether it was indoors or outdoors, it was both realistic and old fashioned in a cozy way. Scenes were also well shot, with little to no awkward scenes or camera shaking.

Moral: 3/5 A Good Moral: The moral of overcoming pain with God, love, and a caring for others is there as long as a brief discussion on why God allows bad things to happen. The first one is well delivered, subtle and sweet. Marty learns to again become happy and cheerful as she is loved and as she helps a girl come to terms of her own. The second moral tries to explain the commonly asked question “Why does God let bad things happen?” It explains that it isn’t about God letting bad things happen more so than God comforting us and being with us when bad things happen. This is a good focus shift, though like many movies, does not directly answer the question, therefore Christians are probably more likely to accept than non-Christians, though non-Christians and hurting Christians may accept it if God leads them to it.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: I would have to say that this is one of the best Christian movies I have ever seen. With a good story, real acting, and beautiful costumes, I would have to recommend this, in quality, to Christians and pioneer enthusiast alike. I especially liked the Christian themes, as they were not neglected, but at the same time not pushed down in a preachy manner.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2/5 Suggestive Content: A man walks in on a woman taking a bath, though the viewers don’t see anything and the man is embarrassed. A girl asks a woman where a baby came from, and the woman says that a man loved a woman “so much that it spilled over and made a baby.” The girl says a large family that “must have a lot of love spillin’ over.” There are two kisses and a near kiss between married people, as well one or two incidences each of modest tickling and holding. A woman makes an indirect reference to chicken’s “rears” by calling it “you know,” and a girl says the word. At the beginning and end of the movie, a woman wears a “v” neck shirt that some might consider low, and once or twice clothing can be moved in a way as to be a bit revealing. From the back a woman’s undershirt can be seen after it gets wet.

Violence: 1½/5 Light Violence and Injuries: After falling off a horse, a man hits his head on a rock. A man accidentally sits on a burner and then bumps his head on a table. A woman burns her hand. A girl is in a fistfight with a boy, and later pushes him. A woman playfully pushes a man over. A boy says a girl “poked [him] in the nose.” There is an example that the talks about getting hurt. A woman talks about the things in books that include violence being “the best shot” and “slaying dragons.” A man shoots at a turkey, but the turkey is not seen until it’s on the table and cooked.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 Light Misuse: A woman calls the west “godforsaken,” though Marty says that that isn’t true.

Disturbing Content: 2/5 Emotional and Light Scary Content: A man dies and is wrapped in a cloth. Part of his face, which isn’t at all scary, is seen once. A woman sits in her covered wagon alone, rocking and whispering, “We’re fine.” Over five people are mentioned to have died in the past, one being hinted to have died of a sickness. Characters cry over people that have died. A chopping block has blood, feathers, and a chicken beak on it. A woman gives birth, though the viewers don’t see anything. Viewers can hear her yelling in pain. A barn catches on fire, and a man has burns, though they only very briefly and indistinctly seen. A woman says to wash it to prevent infection. A girl shoots into the sky so that her father won’t get lost. A woman says she won’t leave unless a girl were to “trying to kill” her.

Religious Issues: ½/5 Brief Mention: The traveling pastor of the town is called Reverend.

Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: There is once a verbal mention that dragons can be in books.

Others: None

Overall: 2½/5 Almost Child Appropriate: Besides the bath seen, I would say this movie is recommendable. As a whole, the movie has a good Christian feeling in a story that isn’t necessarily about salvation, but about relationships and healing. This is a good movie to watch or to recommend to friends that aren’t Christian but that enjoy movies similar to Anne of Green Gables or Little House of the Prairie.


A Comic Review of Welcome to Life After Eden

Welcome to Life After Eden by Dan Lietha

Type: Christian, Creation/Evolution

Basic Idea: A series of comics made to teach and encourage Christian doctrines, as well as humorously portray biblical “what-ifs.”


Stories: 4½/5 Amazing: The book contains both comics and writings from the author on why he does certain things. The comics are intelligent, logical, and occasionally cute. The doctrines of Christianity are defended quite well, explaining ideas such as how dinosaurs fit on the ark, why it is better to believe in a literal six day creation and a world wide flood as oppose to more liberal ideas, and why no one is good enough to earn their way to heaven. Not all of the comics are necessarily made for thinking, though, there are several comics made just for pure fun and entertainment.

The writings explain what the creator believes, where his ideas come from, and why he does certain things in his comics. One who wants to learn more about the After Eden comic as a whole or maybe a bit about what it is like to do his work will enjoy reading it.

Graphics: 4/5 Well Done: The art’s strength was its simple, realistic look. Though not overly detailed, people and objects were realistic and proportional, causing the comic’s art to do its job without overwhelming the comic or taking away from it.

Moral: 5/5 Excellent Morals: After Eden goes beyond teaching morals and branches into teaching Christian doctrines and apologetics. Ideas such as salvation, Biblical creation, and the flood are clearly and logically defended. The creator also makes biblical characters like Adam, Eve, Cain, and Methuselah seem more like real people. In his writings, he promotes godly values, such as being kind and polite in when approaching the lost. Overall, the comic is full biblical of morals and teachings that everyone can apply to their life, especially Christians.

Overall: 4½/5 Amazing: This comic is strongly recommended for people of all ages and genders. Adults and children will laugh and think through this book, as well as learn some things about the creator and his ideas.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Some Light Suggestive Content: A baby’s bare bottom can be seen once. It is said and shown that plants “are good way” to draw Adam and Eve before sin. A girl asks her mom “How could Adam & Eve have been in their ‘birthday suits’ when they were never born?” Adam and Eve kiss and hug once each, and once the two of them kissing is mentioned in speech.

Violence: 1/5 Light, Brief Cartoon Violence: A woman gets hurt off page by some rose thorns. A dinosaur bites another dinosaur in the neck. A boy pushes another boy. Some kids can be seen pulling a raccoon between them.  High heels are shown to be painful.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 Slightly Emotional Content: It is mentioned that a woman died, and a man sheds a tear. A woman cries because of something unknown that her husband said. There is mention of that sin causes death, pain, and disease. A man sits in bed sick with spots and a thermometer. It is mentioned that a real person got surgery. Dead animals are shown twice, and once an opossum plays dead. A fish eats another fish. A man’s tooth falls out. A fire burns in the background of one picture. The phrase “world war” is used. Adam and Eve’s gravestones are shown. A dinosaur is shown about to step on a man. Bees chase a frightened woman. A saber toothed tiger chases a man. There is mention of 9/11 and that cartoonists have paid their respects to it.

Religious Issues: ½/5 Brief Mention and One Error: The NIV Bible version is used. Things like evolution, multiple false creation theories, false flood theories, and the idea that the earth is your mother are all mentioned, but they are always viewed as untrue or negatively. There is a picture of a fish that becomes a frog creature, but it says this could not happen. There is a TV that can be seen showing the evolution progression. Charles Darwin is mentioned at least twice. Cloning is mentioned twice.

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: An unsaved man that appears in once comic wears an earring. The movies and TV series Ice Age, Evolution, and Walking with Dinosaurs are all mentioned, as well as a general reference to reality TV shows.

Overall: 1/5 All Ages Appropriate: Very little in the comic can be found to be objectionable, most of the content being used for humor or occasionally as a sign of sin. Some parents may want to wait until their children reach a certain age before they learn about things like evolution or faulty flood theories, but it is good for parents to be aware that all of these things are presented as wrong and illogical. Once a parent believes their child is old enough to be aware of such things, I believe that any child could read it and would benefit greatly from it. The recommended age is seven and older.


How to Keep Your Kids Safe On Youtube

Every parent should want to keep their kid safe. Whether it’s from kidnappers, bad weather, or inappropriate music videos, parents usually want to keep their children and teenagers safe. There are some that believe sheltering children is impossible and unrealistic, but not taking safety precautions will almost always result in negative consequences. While nobody can ever be protected from anything, here is a basic guide about keeping your teenagers and children safe and monitored while they are on YouTube.

1. How YouTube works.

YouTube is a website where anybody can put videos of any subject on it. These videos range from professional movie trailers to poorly made music videos to free how-to crafting lessons. People then can type words into a search bar to find and watch these videos. Without an “account” (which requires an e-mail), one can only watch videos. If one has a YouTube account, though, one can “follow” a person, meaning that they are updated on that person’s activity on YouTube, and they also may officially like, dislike, and comment on other people’s videos or their own, letting strangers see everything they do. Finally, account holders can post a picture almost whatever they want as their profile picture.

2. How safe is it?

Those that do not have an account are not able to communicate with strangers, but are probably more likely to watch something inappropriate compared to those that do have an account. Without an account, certain videos will be blocked, but there are still quite a few inappropriate videos with sexual filthiness; strong, vulgar language; and gory violence as it is up to the person who creates the video to set limitations. One can sometimes get a hint at what they are watching from recommended videos in the “new” section, but this is not always accurate and can often have nothing to do with what they watched. Another downside is that the videos a person watches cannot be tracked in any way. Finally, too many children and teenagers are giving out their names, addresses, and ages to the public in YouTube comments and to “friends.”

People with accounts are open to communication with strangers, but there are several advantages. First, the account may be open on multiple devices, meaning everyone can share one account and everyone can track everyone else. Second, settings on what people are allowed to watch can be put up. Finally, all the videos and search words put in are recorded. If a family shares an account and checks up on each others searches, the risk of watching something inappropriate are greatly reduced.

3. Additional Risks

As you probably know, every system has its loopholes. Even if one has an account, one can take down the settings and delete video history and search words. All of these things can reduce the safety of having a YouTube account.

4. In conclusion: We recommend that if your child or teenager wants a YouTube account, certain steps should be followed. We advice that through childhood and most, if not all, of the teenager years, you and your child should share an account. When the child is old enough to have their own and you truly believe they are responsible, by all means, let them have one, but agree to certain things. We advise that you know the child’s password and occasionally check up on their account.

Most importantly, keep an open line of communication. Make rules about what they can and cannot watch very clear, as well as when, where, and with whom they can use YouTube. Be fair and genuinely listen to their opinion, but never forget the responsibility you have to keep them safe as a parent.


We hope this guide has helped you make better decisions for your family. If there are any other questions or maybe even additional advice, feel free to comment or send us a message through facebook.


A Movie Review of Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind by Victor Fleming (Director) and David O. Selznik (Producer)

Type: Historical Fiction, Romance, War

Basic Plot: Scarlett O’ Hara, a spoiled girl, lives through and is transformed by the horrors and brutalities of the Civil War.


Plot: 5/5 Excellent: Gone with the Wind is a perfect war drama. It has action, romance, horror, and history all mixed together to make a perfect story, with a few dashes of humor. Though in many ways a romance, Gone with the Wind deals with more than the chemistry of two characters; it deals with the hearts and the souls of the South during its most conflicting and traumatic time.

Acting: 5/5 Excellent: Acting is real and sensational. Major and minor characters create a fascinating world far different from our own, with realistic portrayals of emotion. All of the characters line up with the book and are easy to be imagined as the novel characters. Being a long movie, actors and actresses are also able to portray personality changes without differing too much as the movie progresses, mainly the main character Scarlett.

Costumes and Scenery: 4/5 Well Done: The movie portrays a paradise and a pit of hoopskirts and rags. From the affluent landowners to the slaves, everyone is well and realistically dressed. One thing I especially liked was that the outfits changed as according to the era. This attention to detail will be appreciated by those who study the social and cultural details of history.

As for the scenery, it is outstanding for a movie written in the nineteen thirties. The makers must have had a hefty budget, with the elaborate mansions, dramatic explosions, and beautiful farmlands.

Moral: 2/5 A Not Too Clear Moral: I’ve read the novel once and seen the movie twice, and have long concluded that the moral of the story is that selfish behavior, even for a good cause, will end in disappointment and disaster. Scarlett starts out as a spoiled girl and through tragedy grows into a self-centered woman, caring for little outside of fun and money. Believing this will bring through joy, Scarlett lives however she wants, not regarding her husbands, friends, or relatives. She eventually realizes that friends and family make you happy, not material wealth, but by this time it is too late. She has nothing left accept her cold, hard cash, all of the warm love she was once offered being gone.

Though this moral is good and applicable, it must be found with careful consideration. One could watch the movie and be so swept in the story that they miss the moral, especially if they are young. Many though, I believe, will also see the moral and realize the ere of Scarlett’s ways.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: Gone with the Wind is a movie masterpiece, especially for the time period it was made. I would recommend the movie to teenagers and adults, though women may enjoy it more than most men.

Moral Content

Official Rating: G

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 3/5 Suggestive Sexual Content: Women are seen in dresses showing cleavage and shoulders. A woman pulls her dress lower, and she is reprimanded by someone for wearing a low dress in the morning. Women are seen in their corsets and drawers, sometimes by their husbands. A woman takes off her nightgown so it can be used to cover something, though none of the nudity is shown. There are eight kisses between married and unmarried couples, two of these being adulterous. Characters kiss others on the cheek and forehead. A woman once expects a man to kiss her, and he doesn’t. A man says a woman “needs to be kissed, and by someone who knows how.” A woman is in loved with a married man throughout the book and tries to convince him to run away with her once or twice; he always refuses. It is mentioned that a child was born outside of wedlock, and later the man is reprimanded for not marrying the girl before being with her. A woman’s reputation is mentioned to have been ruined because she was with a man alone, and she didn’t marry him. Some men take baths behind towels, though no nudity is shown outside the chest. A woman offers to be a man’s mistress for money, though he refuses and nothing to explicit is said outside of that the man isn’t “a marrying man.” A woman tells her husband that she won’t sleep with him and says that she knows a friend that lives that way. It is hinted that a man might have forced himself on his wife (in the novel he sort of does), though the next day it is revealed that she didn’t mind it. Some characters are briefly seen doing the can-can, showing petticoats and legs. A woman says that a man looks “at [her] as if [he] knew what I looked like without my shimmy,” and a friend reprimands her. A man asks his wife who the father of her child is; it’s his. A man mentions “pantalets” (a type of Victorian underclothing) in speech and is reproved. A man carries a woman because she is sick.

Violence: 3/5 A Fair Amount of Violence: A man mentions in speech that he broke his leg while riding a horse. A man and a child die from horse accidents. Characters mention wanting to duel. Two men aggressively attack a woman. A man kicks a door open. Characters are slapped four times. A woman lunges at a man and falls down a flight of stairs. A woman beats on a man. Characters threaten to whip their inferiors or worry that it will happen. One of these includes a man threatening his wife. Men are whipped. Men punch and shove each other, one or two to unconsciousness. Characters are shot and bleed. One of these instances is a woman killing a man in self defense. A man pushes a woman into a chair. A drunk man attempts to crush a woman’s skull, but doesn’t. He talks about ripping her apart, but says he won’t. Characters throw dirt, glass, porcelain, and water, sometimes at people, though not always hitting them. Characters whip animals. It is mentioned that a man shot his horse. Violence is sometimes joked about in speech, such as “make sure you shoot the Yankees and not the nag” (a horse).

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 2/5 Some Misuse: “Damn” is misused once. The word “hell” is used correctly once. “Gee” is misused once. People are called “darkie” and “poor white trash” several times each. “Wench” is used at least once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5A Lot of Fairly Dramatic and Emotional Scenes: Since the movie is set in war time, there is a lot of war drama and death. Dying men lie in hospital beds and streets, groaning and covered in blood and bandages. They loudly complain that they are in pain. A man’s leg is removed off screen and his screams can be heard. Buildings explode. A man and a girl die from horse accidents. A man goes into a deep depression after this. This results in a miscarriage. An animal dies from overwork and being whipped. It is mentioned that men die from various diseases. A man believes his dead wife is alive and talks about her as if she was. A woman sees her dead mother. A woman once has hospital blood on her apron. A man gets a head wound. A man stalks a chicken with an ax, though humorously. Characters cry for various reasons, such as war trauma and nightmares, and one part of the movie shows families crying over relatives that had died in the war. Characters talk about being afraid of dieing. “Death” is used for descriptive purposes. Characters talk about war and wanting war to start. Fainting is briefly mentioned about twice in speech. A woman tells a man that “[she’ll] kill [him],” but she doesn’t. A boy says he will “kill the Yankees” for killing his brother, though he is reprimanded. A character is accused of murder.

Religious Issues: 2/5 Brief Mention: Characters recite Catholic prayers once. Infant baptism is mentioned. A woman says she is afraid she will go to hell for living a certain way, and her companion says that for all they know “there isn’t any hell.”

Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: “Dragon” and “fairyland” are used for descriptive purposes.

Others: Various alcoholic drinks are drunk and mentioned in speech. A man reprimands his daughter for drinking, and a husband mentions his wife’s drinking habits too her. A man is drunk once, and a woman says she hopes she gets drunk. A person is called a “drunken fool.” Characters gamble, once playing poker. A girl fetches a man from a saloon, though she doesn’t go inside. Characters smoke. A man marries his cousin, and another pair of cousins plans to marry, though they never do. Characters dance. Divorce is mentioned in speech, though no one gets any.

Overall: 4/5 Adult Appropriate: Several things in this movie could be seen as objectionable, such as the amount of war violence and the suggested rape scene. I will say for a war movie, it is fairly clean, but there are a lot of Christians I would not recommend this movie to. For those who would, I would recommend sixteen years old and older as a minimum and twenty-one as a maximum.

IMPORTANT: Whatever feelings that may have been expressed about the movie, I personally do not highly recommend the book, as it is much more descriptive in its sexual and content and has a lot more language.