Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Twilight series again. Appropriate for 11 year olds?

Rachael has been bugging me to let her read Twilight. It doesn't have cuss words, and is pretty tame.

But I am not sure it is appropriate. It kind of paints a very vivid picture of extreme infatuation. Kind of like those first feelings you get with a first boyfriend? Only stronger. Possibly too vivid.

And it doesn't really fit our standards. I would rather my children not think it is O.K to spend the night with a guy, even if "nothing bad" happens. And she does kind of ask him about sex. And you kind of get the feeling they may be "doing it" if it weren't dangerous. I have a sister who doesn't even think the series is appropriate for adults. So what do you think? O.K for 11 year olds? Or not? Hmmm....

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Crazymamaof6 said...

i think she would miss some of it. just because it isn't part of her experience yet. so she wouldn't catch all of the feelings and vibe.

Shelli said...

Good question. I say go ahead and let her read it, but only if she promises to talk about it with you. Kids learn so much from everyone else, it may actually be a great time for you to get a jump start and get your opinions and ideals in there first. I wish 11 were too young to have to deal with this sort of thing, but it's only going to get worse!

Little Red said...

I liked Twilight, but there are a hundred other books I'd make my kids read before I let them read the series. I think the Fug Girls summed it up best here http://gofugyourself.celebuzz.com/go_fug_yourself/2008/07/fug_the_cover_the_twilight_cas.html
I hadn't realized that Cedric Diggory is Edward. That's where I know that face!