Saturday, July 12, 2008
The Twilight Phenomenom
As the mother of two young women and the teacher of many more, it was inevitable that I would pick up and read Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. I don't mean to knock the books too much; I think she is obviously talented as a writer. I don't particularly like the message that her books send to young women, i.e., if you don't have a boyfriend your life isn't worth living.
I came across an interesting article about the book that brings up some interesting questions. One of them is that in a world where young men are increasingly unable to relate to "real" women due to the influence of pornography, is it a only a recipe for disaster to encourage a generation of young women who feel like the ideal boyfriend is one who won't take advantage of them sexually?
On a whole different note, I recently finished Stephanie's newest novel, The Host. I liked this one better than the Twilight series, perhaps because I am so much more comfortable reading sci-fi than gothic romance.