I can’t believe this has happened. I’ve been put into a position to defend the Twilight series. I don’t know what’s real anymore. Someone could tell me that Michael Jackson is still alive and I would believe it. This is too surreal. I hate everything right now.
Whatever. I’ll be the mature adult that I am (quiet, you) and take the high road and – geez, is this really going to happen? – defend the Twilight series.
So 2009 was the first Twilight made the ALA list (the whole series, not just the book). It’s being accused of having a religious viewpoint, being sexually explicit and inappropriate for its age group.
Where do I even begin?
I admittedly don’t know a lot about the series because I have good taste in books. But from what I hear, a huge plot device in the series is how there is no sex until the last book. And according to plot summaries online (yes, I’ve forever ruined my reputation by Googling “Twilight plot summary”) there is no actual written sex scene. Apparently my definition of “sexually explicit” is different than mainstream America’s, who seem to want to censor people gazing deeply into each other’s eyes. Because it’ll lead to penetration or something, I can’t even try to understand.
I’m not going to even touch the religious viewpoint accusation, because…no. Just. No. That’s a can of worms best left sealed.
Finally, “inappropriate for its age group.” Really? Really? Do I need to point out the obvious here? I do? Okay.
These are grown women (and men, I guess, you just don’t hear about them as often) obsessed with Twilight. I mean, if you’re going to call Twilight “inappropriate” for any reason, call it “inappropriate for anyone with an ounce of sense.” But if people want (for some reason) to read it, let them. They have a right to ruin their brain cells.
I’m going to go cry in a corner now. This made me depressed.