okay one yes girls might take the books the wrong way. But omg be glad they are reading and not doing other things. Plus i mean we really don't have enough plastic bubbles to go around. lol. This i part of growing up learning right or wrong. I have read many young adult books and trust me Twilight is pretty tamed. Many books i read mention sex and drugs. Heck the one i am reading does. But does that mean that people who are reading it are going to make those mistakes. Im 21 and have never had achohal, drugs, or even a relationship. Yes im a "good girl"
Terracottakitten wrote:moon sidhe wrote:Terracottakitten wrote:So, it IS a fantasy book, and you say it doesn't really matter, but it CAN contribute to someone's perception of how things are supposed to be in real life...
If someone on the younger side is reading it, hopefully their parents are involved enough to discuss some of the larger issues with them. Honestly though, I think most kids who are old enough to be reading this are old enough to determine what is appropriate for a real-life relationship and what isn't. If they can't determine that, then they probably would have been making more than a few bad decisions with or without reading Twilight.
As to whether or not Edward was abusive, I never saw him that way. But I also never really tried to translate their relationship into the real world. When he was watching her sleep, that never bothered me, at least as it applied to that situation in a novel. It's not as though he was a peeping tom who was trying to see her in her underwear, or wanted to harm her in any way. Edward was watching Bella sleep because he was drawn to and fascinated by her. He was trying to understand how he felt about her. I do understand why this bothers some people, but in the context of the novel, I didn't have a problem with it.
Okay, so I don't know HOW many people I've heard say: "OMG, I LOVE Edward! He's so amazing, I TOTALLY wish he were real"... And I've even heard: "I wouldn't mind is Edward gave ME bruises [after reading the 'sex' scene, I'd suppose]", so I really don't think that everyone gets that he's not the greatest male protagonist... And translating it to the real world, Edward is the "bad boy", and Bella is... well... Me, and you, and anyone reading... And the only reason Bella (and me, and you, and anyone reading) is drawn to Edward is because he's mysterious and dangerous, which can be seen as extremely attractive in the "real world", so girls are definitely going to be out there looking for their mysterious Edward (a.k.a the "bad boy", except now "real world Edward" is doing drugs, sleeping around, etc...)
Another thing I'd like to bring up is that you said: ...that never bothered me, at least as it applied to that situation in a novel". Well, things in novels, t.v. shows, and the magazines DO have merit in real life. Take sex for example. All books, t.v. shows, etc are about sex now, putting a lot of pressure on people (both girls and boys) to experience it before they're ready (cause hey, if you're a guy and you're 18, and you haven't had sex, then WOAH, are YOU a loser!), and some shows (Gossip Girl, Smallville, etc... even Cosmo magazine's "How To Please Your Man in the Sack!') are pretty much sending out the message: "hey girls, you better give up your virginity or he's never going to fall for you!" Gah! I don't know HOW many girls at my school are pregnant now because Oops! They didn't know enough about sex, but hey, the t.v. said it was fun, so whatever! But what I'm tryin' to say is that there ARE messages being sent out (concious or not) that the majority of people follow, even if it is from a stupid fantasy book...
And come on, you're saying that it's okay that Edward snuck into Bella's room and watched her sleep because he didn't hurt her? That's like saying it's okay to stalk someone if you're just watching them. How else will they know that you like them, right? I just can't agree with that logic, sorry... And besides, in Midnight Sun he spent the first couple of chapters deciding how to kill Bella, anyway. I don't know, it could be just me, but that sounds kinda like he's going to 'harm' her...
To the OMG i love Edward stuff yes many girls say i roll my eyes a lot of the time! I love Edward i think he is a gentleman and a sweet guy. Edward to me is a good guy the reason he is bad is because he is a Vamp.
AND IT IS A BOOK! A book about a dream guy that is out of our reach. Some it is Edward and some Jacob! Why must we totally tear apart a good thing?
Okay i am semi done with my Rant lol. I know it might be a little snappy and i am sorry no time to edit i must go watch Ghost Whisperer.