Skip to comments.Schools ban racy Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer
Posted on 09/12/2009 2:51:31 AM PDT by myknowledge
PRIMARY school students have been banned from reading the teen cult classic Twilight books because they are too racy and contradict religious beliefs.
Librarians have stripped the books from shelves in some junior schools because they believe the content is too sexual and goes against religious beliefs.
They even have asked parents not to let kids bring their own copies of Stephenie Meyer's smash hit novels _ which explore the stormy love affair between a teenage girl and a vampire _ to school.
Santa Sabina College at Strathfield was so concerned about the Twilight craze that teachers ran a seminar for Year 6 students to discuss sexual and supernatural themes in the books. The school's head librarian Helen Schutz said:
(Excerpt) Read more at dailytelegraph.com.au ...
I was lawling at Sabina College Strathfield, Sydney, Australia etc, bro
You appear to be about the only one posting who hasn’t completely missed the point.
The issue is not one of whether certain books should be “banned.” It is one of whether there are certain books which are inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.
This seems like it should be so obvious it shouldn’t require discussion. For instance, is de Sade appropriate for fourth-graders? If you think it might be, let me suggest you have never read de Sade.
Once we’ve agreed that some books aren’t appropriate for young children, then we can argue where to draw the line and whether the poorly written and formulaic Twilight series crosses that line.
Personally, I’d like to see a great many books restricted for primary school kids, only a few for middle school, and (outright pornography aside) no restrictions for high school.
(The second movie in this series is coming out on November 20, and these teens will line up for it.)
Only those teens whose parents have abdicated the role of parenting to the Government or Hollywood. Teens that are loved and cared for by thier parents will not be the ones standing in line to see this trash.
“Personally, Id like to see a great many books restricted for primary school kids, only a few for middle school, and (outright pornography aside) no restrictions for high school.”
Your post sums it up best. Don’t take the books off the shelf, but if you’re the librarian, you have a responsibility to not let the book be checked out by anyone under a certain age.
Would they call for banning the entire Fantasy and Magic genre? Have they already banned the Harry Potter stuff?
I guess some of the classic poetry needs to go too, better remove Coleridge’s Christabel, ....
Wouldn’t want anyone exposed to creative writing or anything mildly interesting or unusual.....
However, I have not read every book they brought home, but I trust both of them to make good decisions.
Moreover, they are smart enough and mature enough to read complex material that some may find objectionable.
I’ve read all of Meyers books and love them. Her ability to create these worlds is brilliant, and her ability to take you back to the feeling of a teenager is creative writing at its best.
If you communicate with your children and educate them to realize that those books are are fiction, that nothing in them is true other than the day changes to night, and they are strictly for entertainment and reading practice, there’s no harm at all in the books.
A family of demon’s attempt to find redemtion is certainly a different concept, but not in reality. Children have to be taught the difference.
Just like they have to be taught the difference in Obama’s commie Utopia and mainstreet USA.
“You appear to be about the only one posting who hasnt completely missed the point.”
Well thanks Sherman, please point to where I used the word banned. You can’t, so apologize or take a hike.
“It is one of whether there are certain books which are inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.”
And the other posters seem to think its ok for a child under 12 to read anything they can get their hands on, and at taxpayer expense.
“Moreover, they are smart enough and mature enough to read complex material that some may find objectionable. “
We’re they that mature at 10 years old?
Don't pretend that libraries are bastions of free speech. The reality is the exact opposite.
Our library has seven copies of one Michael Moore film. Try to find seven copies of any conservative documentary like Mine Your Own Business. Tell me when you find one.
Having been an avid reader all my life, I’m not sure I agree. There might be inappropriate stuff out there, but it won’t appeal to most younger kids. And the more mature ones should be able to read it.
As an aside, I remember reading Gone with the Wind in 4th or 5th grade. Everyone was rooting on me as I carried that 1,000 plus page book back and forth for almost 2 weeks. Some people might have considered it inappropriate for grammar school, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I remember asking my mom about the word “bosom”, it was not a word I’d seen before (not bandied about much in 5th grade in the late 60’s) and I had no idea how to pronounce it. She got a kick out of my attempt to pronounce it!
The teacher asked me to give the class a synopsis of the book to the class when I was done. It was years later before I saw the movie on a theatrical re-release. It hadn’t made it to TV and there were no VCRs at the time.
That’s not what librarians say. It is banned books week isn’t it. You’ll note that homosexuality is heavily “banned”, but you’ll not find the most banned book in the world, the Bible, anywhere in the displays.
Agreed. This article is agitprop. It is not an accurate description of the books. The author needs to review other books, but these are tame sexually and morally interesting without mixing up good and evil.
Apparently you can’t take yes for an answer. I was agreeing with you.
I also think “banned” is an inappropriate word for reasonable decisions that some books are inappropriate for young children.
The problem I see is that you are a responsible parent but many are not and think that if a book is available in a libary or at school then it will be OK for their child whatever age.
I can understand the concept where certain people fear not their own children being exposed to the material but those who do not have parents who understand what is out there and maybe cause distress or put ideas into their children’s minds that are not desireable. Too many people trust that if it in a school or a library it is OK. Also there are parents are so liberal minded anything goes and freedom of expression is everything whether it is good or bad. Who is going to protect these children.
Many people on this thread seem to themselves have a reading comprehension problem. This is not in the US, and the book restrictions are in some private school libraries, not public libraries. The schools are free to restrict the content of the libraries any way they see fit. Even a public library doesn’t carry every book out there, and the books are arranged by recommended age group and theme (i.e. children’s, young adult, etc). This is much ado about nothing, as the kids are able to read the books at home should their parents allow it. The schools are merely asking that students not circumvent the library restrictions by bringing the books from home.
Those (you named) were the cutesy or innocuous 'threshhold' entrys....
...they've now amped it to forbidden sexual fantasies with the underworld.
Funny thing is I have “read” the first two books (my wife is blind and reads the books in audio format as she falls asleep) and while the occult—vampires and werewolves—leanings are there I don’t see the relationships as being particularly bad. Maybe I am just desensitized.