17 Nov

I was as surprised as anyone to find myself falling in love with the Twilight world. As a mature and intelligent woman, I could see its faults and I even blogged about them, in my particular style. As a woman who has always gone her own way, I knew I was safe from being influenced by the values in the books that I disliked.

However, I feel I have been remiss in not discussing the dark side of Twilight with you; and I am not going to do that now because I just read a Freshly Pressed post that says it much better than I can.

I agree with most points raised in the essay apart from one thing: I don’t see anything wrong in telling teenagers that abstinence is okay. But then I would say that, wouldn’t I?

I recommend that you read the post and make up your own mind.

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  1. laurieanichols November 17, 2012 at 15:11 #

    Most of what she said I was thinking as I was reading the books, especially the way Bella was written, willing to throw her life away for the love of a boy who was dead. The Jacon and Renesme imprint part was a tad icky and Mormonish. I already railed about Twilight before and I only got upset because of the target audience, young impressionable girls.

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    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 20, 2012 at 08:38 #

      That’s it – I can see its faults but they don’t affect me personally. I wouldn’t be keen on a daughter reading them, however; though I wouldn’t ban her, but that’s a different issue.

      Of course, a daughter of mine would be expected to have a mind of her own and so I would hope she’d pick up the problems in the text.

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  2. terry1954 November 17, 2012 at 15:12 #

    you wrote this so well!!!!

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  3. The Hook November 17, 2012 at 18:08 #

    Cool reblog!

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  4. vivinfrance November 17, 2012 at 18:19 #

    I got about three quarters of the way through the original review before deciding that the whole thing – series, characters, review were totally unrealistic, unbelievable, and decided I couldn’t be bothered to read any more. Sorry, peeps, but could anyone be influenced by such rubbish? Vampires, antiquated sexual mores, stereotypes? Give me strength!

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  5. kateshrewsday November 17, 2012 at 21:43 #

    The messages sent not just in the Twilight series but in the wider world make me shudder for the daughter I must simply let go, to make up her own mind. Critical thinking is all I can counsel. I do hope I succeed.

    Thanks for this, Tilly.

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  6. colonialist November 17, 2012 at 22:24 #

    I watched a bit of the movie this evening until I felt my gorge rising, and therefore so did I and left. Not even the corny ‘play with your food’ line raised a smile. My karate lamb is a lot more likely than that lot, and without false modesty I can say that his tale is far better written. In fact, most Mills and Boon are far better written.

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  7. benzeknees November 18, 2012 at 08:20 #

    I have not seen or read any of the Twilight series, so I was totally unaware of any of this. What are we teaching our teens about relationships? About what is okay & not okay in a relationship? Thanks for bringing this to our attention – I’m just thankful I don’t have teen girls anymore or I would have to be having a very BIG conversation with them.

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  8. Perfecting Motherhood November 26, 2012 at 08:18 #

    I just watched Breaking Dawn Part 1 today and it was a real snooze. I can’t believe they managed to stretch nothing happening for a whole movie. And Bella really is an obnoxious character, so lethargic no wonder she picked the dead vampire over the hot werewolf. If I had a teenage daughter, I would hope she can find some more interesting characters to identify with.

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