Literature: Teen Witch
Teen Witch is a non-fiction book by Silver Ravenwolf instructing teens on the basics of Wicca. It is sold in the "young adult" section of stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble. Among the Pagan community it has received a great deal of criticism for being historically inaccurate and for working too hard to appeal to the average Charmed fan who is more interested in learning cool spells than in becoming a part of a new religion.Not to be confused with the movie that The Nostalgia Chick reviewed.
Contains Examples Of:
- Artistic License – History: In her book she claims that Wicca is the revived version of ancient spiritual traditions (which is debated). She also claimed that during "The Burning Times" in Europe, the death toll for witches was higher than than that for Jews during the Holocaust.
- Awesome but Impractical: Her invisibility spell supposedly only works if no one is looking for you or expecting to see you and can't work if you're trying to do anything illegal.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: This is heavily implied to be true about Christians, particularly fundamentalist Christians.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Silver states that people who use their magical gifts for evil will have their powers taken away. Not all Pagans agree.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Goddess is associated with the dark mysteries of the night and the God is associated with the sun. Neither are evil.
- Lighter and Softer: Some people have criticized Ravenwolf's book as a "watered down" or "fluffy" version of Wicca.
- Spell Book: Over half the book is dedicated to spells.