MSNBC has a new article that talks about how young adult novels affect the minds of the readers, particularly the minds of teenages since they’re more susceptible to different kinds of influences.
It’s a potentially sucky situation. The vampire craze in teen literature – exemplified by the “Twilight” book series – could be affecting the dynamic workings of the teenage brain in ways scientists don’t yet understand.
“We don’t know exactly how literature affects the brain, but we know that it does,” said Maria Nikolajeva, a Cambridge University professor of literature. “Some new findings have identified spots in the brain that respond to literature and art.”
“For young people, everything is so strange, and you cannot really say why you react to things – it’s a difficult period to be a human being,” Nikolajeva told LiveScience. The conference, she said, brought together “people from different disciplines to share what we know about this turbulent period we call adolescence.”
What do you think are the lasting impacts, if any, of reading the Twilight books? Are they affecting you negatively or positively? Can they affect someone negatively? Have they make you change the way you think?
"Adolescence it's a difficult period to be a human being"... yeah... we didn't know that (!)...
Anyway... Only negatively influence I can found on this, is that girls will spend their whole life to find "Mr. Perfect", you know, someone like Edward Cullen. I'm sure that they will be disappointed, cause -unfortunatly- life it's not a fairytail or a great novel, and in this world "Mr. Perfect" it's a species threatened by extinction...
But sometimes it's nice to let yourself believe that... you know, that somewhere out there someone will love you like no one else... Twilight Saga is about that strong and selfless love.
But what are YOU thinking?