Thursday, 15 April 2010

In The News: Twilight Challenged

According to a news story, The American Library Association has placed Twilight, the series of teenage romance books vampires and werewolves by Stephanie Meyers, on list of the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009.

This is a list of books that people are said to frequently find offensive.

I've never read any of the books in the Twilight series - primarily because I thought that, as books aimed at teenage readers, they'd probably be too inoffensive.

I guess some people are easily shocked.

Links to news stories on the subject:
http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978173000
http://uk.eonline.com/uberblog/b176356_twilight_too_taboo_you.html

4 comments:

jade.ent said...

I should think any Anne Rice fan or old school goth would find the Twilight books highly offensive :-). Vampires should be angst-ridden gothic homosexuals or sinister aristocratic eastern Europeans in opera capes and with widow's peak haircuts, not glittery wussy teenagers :-). [grumpy old man] kids today, harrumph [/grumpy old man].

Vienne said...

The only offensive thing about the Twilight books is the crappy quality of the prose! Why aren't people up in arms about that, instead of an essentially jejune sexual symbolism? Pfagh.

Mo said...

They should get over it. Teenagers shock. that is part of being a teenager. Argh tis is the nanny state.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's the vampiric content that makes the books so offensive. Having read all four of them, I can safely say that the most offensive thing about them is the horrible sexism and the presentation of what is clearly an abusive, destructive relationship as something romantic and desirable.

As *well* as the bad quality of the writing and the poor attempts at a plot and characterisation.

And everyone knows vampires should not be sparkly. Frankly, what *isn't* offensive about them?