Friday, April 16, 2010

'Twilight' Books Challenged by ALA as Too Sexual

From Examiner.com:

‘The Twilight Saga’ movies are based off of the bestselling books by Stephanie Meyer and once again they are under attack. The American Library Association has released its annual report of “challenged” books and the ‘Twilight’ books have been ranked at number 5.

The Associated Press states that the books have been criticized for sexual content; and a library association official also thinks that the "Twilight" series reflects general unease about supernatural stories. The ALA defines a challenge as a "formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness."

These challenges generally come from parents and teachers who are dissatisfied by the books being in schools. First, I have to say, what books are they reading? Sexual content? Are you joking? Most people complain because the books are too chaste, as are the movies. But that is the beauty of the love story in ‘Twilight’- it’s more about soulmates and true love and less about sex. Even the honeymoon scene in ‘Breaking Dawn’ is a barely there moment and so I don’t understand the complaints in regards to sexual content.

The Supernatural complaints are understandable on a base level, especially seeing how crazy some young people get over the ‘Twilight’ books; asking people to bite them and hoping to meet a stalkerish vampire or werewolf. But really how many books contain such themes? And at least the books are written in English, if you have ever read any Captain Underpants or Junie B. Jones books, you will know that they are a greater risk to young readers.

The challenges are unlikely to stop students from reading the books and will not stop fans from seeing the movie. If anything this is just more free press for Stephanie Meyer, ‘Twilight’ and the upcoming ‘Eclipse’ movie.

So what do you think?

6 comments:

hoLLy said...

that is absolutely crazy! someones just trying to bring the twilight empire down. they be jealous. and trippin.

Anonymous said...

Wo. I work in a highschool and I've seen the books in the english classroom...
I think it's ridiculous and quite propesterous..since we all have a pretty good idea of some of the junk our kids are reading these days especially Us bookworm parents

jayewink1 said...

I think it depends on what age group you're talking about. I don't think it's too sexual for high school students, but when you start talking about 11 and 12 year-olds, that's a different story!

Little Lovables said...

I would def not recommend them to young children or even preteens due to content, but this is based on the 'paranormal' issue alone and that is simply ridiculous!!!

Four Renners said...

Ahmagads. I think teens should be mature to read the last ones, but honestly. They don't describe anything. She doesn't even come out and say they're getting it on. (Lovely use of words, I know.) She only alludes to it. I scoff. Twice at the ALA. I mean, have they ever read anything by Judith McNaught(y)? (Don't by the way unless you'd like to skip a few pages...)

Anonymous said...

OMG! They aren't "sexual" enough! This just pisses me off! >:O