Do you think Twilight is having a negative impact on teens?

I recently read an article where two teens skipped school and went camping. They left notes for everyone. An officer investigating this "runaway" situation said that he was able to find the girls based on the Twilight books. He thought that since the girls were 13 and his daughter was also 13, that the books could give clues and the reason they "ran away" was because of the negative impact the books has on young girls........

Did you see the part where I said that they left notes?

I wrote an article to give my thoughts on this....I'm including the link. Please read it and leave me your comments. It's time we stand up against those who are quietly trying to censor what we read.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1857089/twilight_is_destro...

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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 do not believe Twilight can be BLAMED for anyone's choices or behavior.
However, I am a parent - and I do think that Twilight could have a negative influence on "young" girls...
I know girls as young as 8 who have begun reading this series, and I definitely think that the Twilight Saga is too mature for them. (Just because they are "capable" of reading the words - doesn't mean that they "should".) Twilight appears simple on the surface - but we know that it is layered with deep meaning. One never knows the messages people internalize from what they are taking in from the world around them - so I guess it is just really important that parents TALK to their children about what they are reading, incase they need to dispell any "negative" or "inappropriate" ideas that could take root. This (by the way) could apply to any stimulus - from music to videos, from t.v. & movies to internet searches, and even games played on gaming systems - anything you can think of . So it is really more a matter of parental responsibility than censorship. Everyone is different - some kids can handle it - others might not be able to. Right?
I agree 100% to the both of you. I too remember our teen angst being blamed on listening to Nirvana....So very sad. What I think is worse though, is that now, it's our generation now casting the blame and not either being responsible ourselves or making our kids accept responsibility for their poor choices.

I swear, if my daughter was one of those girls that skipped school and camped and the officer who found them gave me this crap Twilight story, I would probably go grab MY copies of the books and throw them right at him and tell him what a moron he was!!!

Of course don't even get me started on the other parts of my original article where the guy likens Twilight to female porn and says that when we watch or talk about it, it can be compared to romantic masturbation....

Is it just me or am I sensing a pattern here?
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.
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.
worst thing about this pattern is that it's men!

These two particular men that got me angry were leaders in our society! One a college professor and the other a police officer...Ok, so maybe not leaders persay, but they do have a responsibility....Promoting censorship is not one!

Morgaine Chya said:
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.
I agree with you - Twilight is latched onto by sooo many people wanting to make a point (even if it is unrelated or invalid) or wanting to sell a product - just because of it's mass appeal.

Don't even get me started on the Twilight = Female Porn BS. According to the author of that article, all of our forum discussions would be considered "romantic masterbation" un-huh, right.
(If anyone is wondering where I pulled that from - you'd have to follow the link attached to this discussion question.)




Morgaine Chya said:
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.
No. It's based on how the parents raise their teenagers. Don't blame the books. That's like Tipper Gore blaming Rap music and metal for influencing kids to do things. It's the parents responsibility and you really cannot blame the artists or authors. That's ridiculous.
No it shows what is happening right now with teens and therefore they are not the problem. Besides the secs scenes which could make teens think that it is okay to have sex, I think Twilight is the best thing that has happened to this world!!!!!!
I agree; I might be a lil over obsessed with Twilight but I know what's real and what's fake. I wouldn't go wandering in the woods looking for vampires and werewolves!!! Lol

christine said:
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"
Twilight can't at all be blamed for kids actions its a book and it's FICTION people need to use there common sense

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. 

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