ihstpa: You are a correct, and it is a pattern.
Many people are very uncomfortable with the natural sexuality of humans in general, but especially women and especially young women. Because of this they will try to demonize anything that triggers the perfectly normal sexuality present in young people.
Most of the time these people assume that young women are thinking about sex specifically, including the details of what goes on. I think they are wrong. I think many women, including young women, experience it as a romantic but vague feeling or image.
The term "romantic masturbation" is obscene, and reflects more on the sick minds of those who say it than on those they are trying to attack. That guy in the article is really intimidated by the idea that women, especially young women, may become curious about their own sexuality.
I think the people who think of the Twilight series as "porn" and "romantic masturbation" should be kept far, far, FAR away from young women. These people's minds are thinking about things in connection to young, underage women that they should not be thinking about, and certainly should not be speaking publicly about.
It would make me wonder that, if the police seized their computers' hard drives if they'd find illegal content there, in the form of child pornography. Their fixation on the sexuality of young, underage women is unhealthy and, as a mother, I would recommend that these guys be watched.
The entire concept of Twilight having a negative impact on young people is ridiculous. If they want to look for the bad-influence movies, look to the Saw series and other torture-porn movies.
I think they are looking for something to target Twilight with.
I also think that Summit made a bonehead move by allowing NM images to be put on Burger King crowns. There are some Christian fundamentalists who think vampires and other fantasy characters (including those in Harry Potter!) are evil, and whether we agree with it or not, we have to honor those beliefs. Since the BK crowns usually target very young kids, IMO Summit is just begging for a boycott and extremely negative publicity.
I am a mother of a teen girl and she knows what is REALITY and what is NOT and this books are not reality maybe those 2 girls need to take some responibilty into there actions and stop blaming books,songs etc. i'm so sick of people blaming things for there messed up lives,when i was a teen there was nothing like this you did something wrong you wouldn't say "the book made me do it"you took responsibilty for your actions COME ON PEOPLE can you say "FICTION"
I think that if twilight is getting teens reading that it is a good thing. As far as teens making stupid choices, that is a truth that has spanned centuries. The best thing parents and society can do is to educate teens. Ultimately they must choose for themselves what they do and don't do.
Twilight isn't to blame. When this article juxtaposes twilight with Jane Austin and other classics, she is not far off. Stephenie Meyer mentioned several classics in her series. She's mentioned them as inspiration in interviews as well. One can even notice the plot similarities with some of them. Meyer's work is a new take on an old concept.
"Camping the the woods" is not a new idea spurned by the twilight books. If it is, then the boy scouts of america have a lot of explaining to do.