MSNBC Wonders if Twilight is Altering Teenagers’ Minds

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?

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Comment by Kim on September 15, 2010 at 5:47am
All 3 of my teens have read it & are fine! The benefits of reading TW far outweigh any of the negative. Benefits like seeing how a girl should be treated, abstinence, a girl who is smart & does well in school etc.
Comment by Jean on September 15, 2010 at 6:28am
It is no secret why so many people like the books, teen or not. It is the cry of every human heart to be loved and valued unconditionally. It is a wonderful story of that kind of love.
Comment by JoS on September 15, 2010 at 7:32am
i agree with you guys
Comment by carolee blanscett on September 15, 2010 at 7:50am
i agree
Comment by J.E.B. (Jacob Edward Black) on September 15, 2010 at 7:55am
jean said it ture...........everyone wants that level of love it is the level we miss the most and look for the greatest............
Comment by Twilight nut on September 15, 2010 at 8:32am
The Twilight books r not altering anyones mind. Its great when anyone gets interested in reading. The movies on the other hand........
Comment by Maria on September 15, 2010 at 12:18pm
There are worst things out there!!!
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Comment by alli herrera on September 15, 2010 at 2:01pm
sorry that was my my little 5 year old sister

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