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Topic: Anne Rice books(Vampire and Witching)ok for 13yr old?

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Subject: Anne Rice books(Vampire and Witching)ok for 13yr old?
Date Posted: 2/23/2009 3:33 AM ET
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I got them for myself but my daughter is interested too. Since I have not read them yet I would love some insight. I know what they are about but if someone who has read them can give some insight taht would be great. I'm ok with mild violence and bad language in books nothing to heavy, but I am concerned about graphic sexual situations/sexual language. Thanks.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 5:10 AM ET
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I'd say no, because Anne Rice does have a tendency to combine sex with violence.  Definitely a S & M edge to her sex.  There are a lot of other paranormal books out for that age.  Like Blood and Chocolate.  And Sunshine by Robin McKinney.  Maybe Marked by the Casts.  There should be a forum on YA paranormal books.

I didn't read Anne Rice until I was over 15. 

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 7:40 AM ET
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Vampire maybe...Witching no

 

I might suggest the Mummy by Anne Rice instead http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780345369949-The+Mummy+or+Ramses+the+Damned . There are a few sex scenes but nothing super graphic. It has fewer adult themes and I bet she would really like it. It is one of Rice's lesser known works but I think it is one of the best.

 

Of course it all depends on your kid's maturity level and what you are comfortable with. I started reading the vampire series at 12-13 but was forbidden from the witch series and my mom almost never forbid any book after she caught me smuggling her romance books off the bookshelf. I would wait until she is older on those, I read one just about 5 years ago and still find them very disturbing.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 8:52 AM ET
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Mummy has quite a bit of sex in it. I'd suggest the YA Paranormal books.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 2:56 PM ET
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I'm not saying no because of the sex.  At 13, the kid should know what sex is and if there is more than they are comfortable with in a book.  Kids basically do not live in bubbles.  But at 13, I wanted adventure in a novel more than I wanted sex or relationships.  And I think that sex as a power issue such as S & M should be at an older age.   The combo of sex and violence is what I'd not want kids exposed to.  Let the violence be scary rather than sexy.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 6:46 PM ET
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I'd say it depends on the 13 year old and the maturity level. By the time I was that age I was reading a few books a week, and if the library let me take them out, my mother didn't object. I read whichever of them were out when I was that age, about a freshman/sophomore in high school. I got them one at a time out of our local library.  From what I remember, the sex isn't especially graphic, though there is a fair amount (but I haven't read the recently, so I'm not positive). 

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 7:31 PM ET
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From what I remember, the sex wasn't very graphic, but the violence was very sexual.  I have this emotional gut warning flag to let kids find out their own sexuality before adding violence into the mix.  I had not settled into my own skin at 13.  Violence is hard to remove from the sexual mix once it gets in. 

I'd recommend Jim Butcher to a high schooler before I'd recommend Anne Rice.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 9:05 PM ET
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Depending on the maturity level (as others have said) I'd say maybe on the first three Vampire books, but no on the Mayfair Witches. I was in my late teens when I read them (and was a pretty mature reader) and they kind of gave me a totally wierded out, creepy vibe.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 10:31 PM ET
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thank you for the insight-very helpful