I admit it: I’ve been a hater. I, like so many around me, have mercilessly mocked the Twilight book series for content, writing style, and the religion of the author. But you know what? I’m officially changing my mind. I actually like outdrawn over-the-top gothic romance stories, as does over 100 million others according to the sales of this series worldwide. I think anything that can sell like that has a certain appeal.* And even if I didn’t like the first book enough to buy the rest at Walmart ($4.99 each), I still think it’s completely okay that others do.
It’s time to admit that even though young girls might learn some questionable lessons from this book series, they will learn a lot more questionable things from television, computer games, and the people around them. People know the difference between fiction and reality. If you’re really worried, then make sure your kids watch Buffy: the Vampire Slayer as well, and that they read other books in addition to this one, like Collins’ The Hunger Games and Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. I read Orwell’s 1984 when I was nine. Changed my life by shaking my trust in the state as an institution.
I might not agree with the sexual policies of the Twilight series, or find the idea of stalker love appealing, but I don’t read books just to agree with them. If that was the case, I’d never be able to stand Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet (unnecessarily tragic stalker love with borderline pedophilia thrown in) or Süskind’s The Perfume (about a serial killer searching for a scent of his own), and don’t even get me started on the morals of fairy tales like The Little Mermaid or Bluebeard. So what if Meyer is a mormon? I don’t care if she’s a duck as long as she gets kids reading. We all know that best selling authors make the world better for all us struggling ones. Keep making people flip pages Stephanie Meyer!
*I’m not changing my view on Dan Brown, however. Sorry man, I have to agree with Steward Lee on this one. (And I still hate the twilight movies. No one can take that away from me.)