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Subject: Someone tell me about "Twilight"
Date Posted: 5/9/2008 11:11 PM ET
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I think that's how it's spelled. Someone in a writing class that I'm taking wrote a long essay about her love of this series and I am intrigued. Is it a vampire story?
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 8:54 PM ET
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Yes - it is. But I never, ever read horror and don't 'do' vampires but even I enjoyed this book. The basic premise is that the heroine (Bella) falls in love with a vampire (Edward). I am quite conflicted about where this series is going, so I will let a fan of the books tell you the rest. I bet there are plenty on here!

 

 

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 4:56 PM ET
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Check out the threads about Twilight in the Paranormal forum ......

They should answer all your questions and more!

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 6:38 PM ET
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Thanks! I wasn't quite sure what genre it was. I think I've seen this book stocked the the YA section at my local bookstore. I'll check the other board. :)
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 9:48 AM ET
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I work at a high school and  a bookstore (yes, I'm a bibliophile, I admit it).  Every student I know who has read this book can't wait to check out the other books in the series.  I admit, at 31, I lost sleep getting through these three books because I couldn't put them down.

They are quick reads and not very deep (literature wise), but they are an irresistable read.

 

-Sarah V

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Well, if you're a writing student, you might think otherwise.  Check out the reviews on Amazon.  I was surprised at  the negative reviews from people who saw things so differently  from her many fans.  There are far more positive than negative reviews, but a lot of the negative ones came from people who are writers or avid readers that felt as if her main character was weak and a poor role model for young girls today.   I, however, loved it.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 10:38 PM ET
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I started reading the series yesterday, and it reminds me of when I first read "Flowers in the Attic" by VC Andrews.  I could not read the series fast enough.  I will be on book #3 by the end of the evening.

Is it great literature?? Not even close, but what a guilty pleasure!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 12:51 PM ET
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I'm going to agree with Monica the negative reviewers on Amazon. I had heard a lot about this series and I do enjoy paranormal literature, but I think that this is one of the worst books I've read this year. There's a difference between bad writing that can be a guilty pleasure and bad writing that gives young women (and young men) inappropriate ideas about relationships. If you're interested, give it a try, but I could barely finish the first book and would not be able to recommend it to anyone.



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Subject: twilight
Date Posted: 11/21/2008 10:58 AM ET
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Well, I've searched paranormal and "search discussion forums". It is all about the MOVIE coming out. Has anyone found a link to the area where I can find discussion on the BOOK? THANKS so much... I don't want to read more about how much of a hottie Edward is. I don't even know Edward... UGH!

I am trying to determine if my girls (12 and 14) should read the book and if they can handle the scary-ness and the relationship stuff. All of that combined alreadly leads me to NO but I want to make an informed decision.

THANKS SO MUCH,

Stacey

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 2:02 PM ET
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At 12 and 14 they probably want to read it as everyone is talking about it.  But kids aren't sponges.  They read and think and expand.  If you think your kids could handle it, then tell them your hesitations.  That you want them to have healthy balanced relationships between equals.  And then let them read.  It is a good starting place to talk about power in relationships and the dangers in obessive "love". 

I think one of the reasons why this books is so popular is the safety in it being about vampires.  Unreal.  And dangerous.  If this was about regular high school boys the reaction would be quite different. 

 

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 5:36 PM ET
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Thank you for your insight! I appreciate it!

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 5:59 PM ET
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As a 12 or 14 year old, I would have been enjoyed reading it.  The 4th book I might be a little hesitant to let a 12 year old read.  The violence isn't really a problem, IMO.  The sex, well, it is between two married people and it doesn't get to far beyond "I love sex.  It is great.  Let's have it all the time," lol.  Nothing graphic... I can't recall anything even mentioning body parts.  You might want to read them yourself to make a fully informed decision...  don't worry about the length, they go SOOO fast. 

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 11:57 AM ET
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My only qualm with letting a 12 year old read the 4th book is the graphic and violent birthing scene (bones are broken and then there's the whole biting into the rock hard amniotic sac thing. ick) I'm 25 and I wish I hadn't read those scenes. 

On the other hand, even though it's a highly unrealistic portrayal of birth and pregnancy, it might work as a form of birth control  :) LOL

I'm not a fan of the books, but I won't get into that right now.



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