September 11, 2009

Racy Twilight Banned from some Primary Schools in Australia

The Daily Telegraph reports that some schools are banning Twilight for being too mature for younger kids. Why?

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.

In addition the article addresses concerns over young kids being able to deal with adult themes.

"There was a great level of concern from the teachers and we anticipated there would be concern from the parents," Ms Schutz said.

"We wanted to make sure they realise it's fictitious and ensure they don't have a wrong grasp on reality."

Read the rest here.

I'm a grown career woman, and I think that Twilight made me lose MY grasp on reality. Just kidding. I think...

20 comments:

  1. Ha ha, I know exactly what you mean ;-) I'm kind of the joke at the office since I came out of the Twlight-closet :-D

    The funny thing is, part of the joke is how some of my coworkers find the books way to innocent and moralizing *G* (eh, isn't that a kids book? NO!!)

    But yeah, one do kind of lose grip on reality and live in the books for a while, but that's why they're so amazing.

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  2. Hm. My opinion? They can be concerned all they want, but banning books is never the answer! They need to talk to kids about their concerns instead of banning them from reading it...

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  3. interesting, is this a culture thing? I am in the UK and I will not let my 10 yr old read it yet... it's mine.lol

    No sorry, just kidding. I would be happy for her to read Twilight and New Moon; but Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, whilst not graphic, they do suggest sexual urges that is not appropriate for a 10 yr old.

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  4. banning books is not the answer, but i can see where there could be cause for concern over younger kids reading it. i tell at the women at my work to read it before they let their young children (11 and younger). i mean there is obviously the birth and sex in breaking dawn, but also, even when bella is so depressed in new moon i think might be a bit much for little kids. its not the most appropriate thing to expose them to such heartbreak at a young age, plus i think some things could be misinterpreted. in any case, i think parents should know what their kids are reading anyways, so they should just read it themselves and decide whether their children are mature enough to read it and understand.

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  5. Sista, I am so with you because I've totally and completely lost my grip on reality after being introduced to the Twilight series.

    My friends think I am friggin nuts!!

    hahahaha - like I care....!

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  6. I wouldn't let my child read it unless they were probably 14-ish. That's just me. I have 3 boys and one daughter and she's only 3, but I definitely want her to read them then. My boys have no interest. I Did take my 9 year old son to the movie though, just so I could see it again:) he liked it too! But I wouldn't let him read the books.

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  7. i agree that it is for mid teens (14ish). pre teens no. But as far as being sexually graphic it is absolutly not that but the situations are of a mature nature that a child would not understand. the same can be said for Harry Potter and those are classics!!!

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  8. i agree with what some other comments said- banning books isn't the answer. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN. then let them decide for themselves.

    stephanie did an amazing job depicting the feelings that EVERY human being has, especially at that age- and she did it tastefully. there are millions of other books out there that do much worse damage and handle it with much less respect. it's completely backwards that the Twilight saga gets singled out simply because of its popularity, and it has better messages in it than most.

    besides the fact that stephanie never meant for this to be a young adult book. it's just being marketed that way to make the most money. so basically, the whole banning deal is pathetic and founded on complete BS.

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  9. you may be joking about losing your grasp on reality but twilight still thows me off course!

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  10. i would say primary age is too young and i think to actually understand the books you would have to be like 13.
    and yes i lost my grip on reality, when i finished breaking dawn for the first time i sobbed for two hours straight because there were no more books :'(
    x

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  11. p.s. what's with the red book?
    x

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  12. Honestly, Twilight is clean compared to a lot of books they have in school...the only thing is that Twilight is popular...and you know what if anything the critics nit pick at the bad stuff...what dont they bring up the theme of being abstinent until married? thats a good message to all the teens out there having sex at 8 years and what not...ugh people are lame.

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  13. Whatever, I'm so over parents saying this book is inappropriate. Once again, if your kid is willing to read, let them. I do think they should at least be a teen before they read it. They should know what's going on by that age. If you think they don't, then you need to think again. Kids learn so much at school. Banning stuff is never good, that makes them want it more. It comes down to the parents, talk to your children. Parents want to blame everything but themselves for how their children turn out.

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  14. My now 11 year old son started reading it when he was 10 and there wasnt an issue reading it. Ok he didnt get too far into it and gave up but only cos "it's a sopey love story and theres no action mum" A friend of mine is in 2 minds about letting her 11 year old son read it until I told her over and over its not bad but I think the only way I will get her to back down is by forcing her to watch the movie (obviously telling her THAT scene isnt in the book lol) Its another excuse to watch the movie anyway...I can live with that lol

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  15. I personally think that around 15 is fine but before that mmm not so much. The context isnt bad but that doesnt make it appropriate for kids to read. I hate hearing about kids who are younger then 14ish reading it because its not aimed at them! As it is my aunt, mid 40's, sees more sexual tension then I do because of her age & I see more of it (Im 20) then my 16 yr old cousin because its a mauturity thing.

    Kids could read it but they wont understand a fair chunk of it. At least thats my opinion.

    Ps: The red book is the latest version they brought out in Australia, it a red edged, smaller version doesnt look at good at the original though =)

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  16. I was 14 when I read it, and I think it would be stupid for people under 13 to read it, because to be honest-would they get it?
    It wouldn't be as good as it is till you are older.
    Its a teen and older book so they should just wait.

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  17. Reading it a young age would be just plain stupid in my opinion.
    Its not aimed at 10 year olds!

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  18. Okay im 15 and im from aussie...and thiss is just totally embaressing and theres no need for it.unless the students are comeing to school with pots of glitter ready to throw on any boy who walks past and are refusing to eat anyhting besides mushroom ravioli theres no need to BAND Twilight.the religouse thing yee yee what ever floats your boat but otherwise..meh let them have a little daydream now and then.
    Lovee form Ashley.m :)

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  19. okay people heres the thing, IM AN AUSTRALIAN!!!!! BIG AUSTRALIAN TWILIGHT FAN! now, i read that story in the daily telegraph on Saturday morning when the paper was released. i had to say that thats pretty crap... i mean whats wrong with people these days! then i found out this story went global... AAAHHHHH!!!! total embarrassment for us aussie fans.

    WHAT schools should be doing is putting stickers on them. representing that the books are only to be read by high school students and put them in th SS section! or behind the counter.

    i go to a full on christian school and they dont give a poo if we bring twilight to school.

    if any aussie is reading this, give the sticker idea to your teacher, see what happens.

    LUV fellow twilighter, Charlotte. H :D

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  20. I am an AUSSIE fan, 13 and I love the books. At my school they are promoted, as when you go to highschool, well, you learn ALOT of stuff thanks to other kids who get into trouble. So yeah! Twilight is a good book and should be promoted as such! even Breaking Dawn. All my friends have read it and they're just fine.

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