Comments to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Submitted by Jeanne Tomlin (Feb 04, 2009)
I am truly disturbed that parents worry about these books being sexual but don't worry that the give the message that if a man is threatening it is the GIRL'S fault and that self-sacrifice is all that a woman should look for in a relationship.
I find the themes of these books, aimed as they are at girls during a very vulnerable period, tending toward the reprehensible. I would suggest parents take a look beyond the "no sex" to what kind of person are they telling girls they should be. I wouldn't want my daughter reading these at the least without pointing out that they care an extremely bad message.
That doesn't go into the issue of the quality of writing in these which is distinctly lacking. I see no reason why YA novels shouldn't be held to a higher standard.
Submitted by Beth (Feb 03, 2009)
I am a 28 year old mother and wife. I read all of the books and don't think I would have a problem with my daughter reading them. In the final book there is references to Bella and Edward being romantically involved but only after they are married. Sex and violence in the books are balanced and not over done or even overt. But if you have concerns you could always read them first. They are quick reads.
Submitted by Mark (Jan 29, 2009)
Hi Wayne. It's a good point. For what it's worth, I think you're right about the first two certainly: I do know a lot of 13-15 year old girls that seem to really enjoy them.
I also know they get darker, though I haven't read further (yet). There were a lot of comments on the Internet about it with Breaking Dawn,I remember.
I shouldn't really comment on it without reading it myself personally, and I don't know your daughter's age, but I think it'd be OK for an older teenager to read - certainly judging by the way I've seen them read in schools.
If my late-teen daughter wanted to read them, I don't think I'd have a problem personally.
I don't think they're quite Anita Blake. *grins*
Hope this helps, but it's all a bit vague. Perhaps those who have read it could enlighten us both?
Submitted by Wayne Thomas Batson (Jan 01, 2009)
I let my daughter read the first 2 books of the series, but I'm concerned about how dark and sexual they will become. Any insight?