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Beautiful Creatures: Pagan Themes in Teen Fiction

Beautiful Creatures is a teen fiction book written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl in 2009, and made into a film earlier this year. In some corners, it's getting the same attention as other teen book-to-movies, like Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Mortal Instruments series. In other circles, it's not getting a second-look. What does the Pagan community think about it? For this blog, we'll look at the over-arching Pagan themes (if there are any), and think about it in terms of the canon of "witch" books. In a sea of zombies and vampires, reading about witches--or Casters, as they're called--might be a bit refreshing.

The story takes place in the fictional town of Gatlin, South Carolina. Ethan Wate is your typical high school student. Living in a small town, he hopes to "get out," of one day. In the meantime, the new girl shows up, one typical of teen fiction. She's different, an outcast, pretty, and changes the world of the main character, Ethan. (This is almost the same plot of a hundred other stories, including Stargirl  by Spinelle). 

In this case, Lena Duchannes is a Caster, and forced home because she's been kicked out of every other school for her lack of control with her magical abilities. She is also awaiting her sixteenth birthday when it will be decided whether she is for the dark or the light. 

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