Stephenie Meyer’s popular Twilight series chronicling the romance of a vampire and teenage girl is notoriously all build-up, no bite.
But a parent’s complaint over sexual content in the Mormon author’s fourth novel, Breaking Dawn, coincided with the book’s temporary absence from the library at Brockbank Junior High.
Officials at the Magna school purchased copies of the book some time ago, but as of Wednesday hadn’t placed them on library shelves. Principal Terri Van Winkle would not say whether the delay stemmed from a parent’s complaint about a honeymoon scene in which sex is implied between the central characters Bella and Edward. But Granite School District officials confirm a complaint was voiced.
Meanwhile, the school has ignored repeated complaints from another parent “appalled” by the “censorship” of a book she says promotes chastity and tolerance.
“Those are values I want my children to be taught,” said Kris Jensen of Magna. “My 15-year-old has read the book. I’ve read the book and there isn’t anything inappropriate.”
Granite district spokesman Ben Horsley downplayed the book ban as fiction.
A parent phoned the school in summer to complain about the book’s content, but “the principal didn’t think much of it, because the book wasn’t on the shelves to begin with,” said Horsley. “The book is available at the local library and this mom can buy the book. No one has banned it.”
school librarians make decisions about their collections based on what’s educationally appropriate. He acknowledged that other books in the Twilight saga are available at Brockbank. And he said that, after prodding from the district, the school agreed to add Breaking Dawn .
Jensen didn’t care why the book was snubbed. She objected on principle, saying book bans serve only to shame children and heighten their curiosity.
“It’s the parent’s job to monitor their children and decide what they can and can’t read, not the schools,’ ” said Jensen.
Book censorship at schools has been an issue for decades.
Two years ago, at a school library in Georgia parents singled out Harry Potter books for their promotion of witchcraft. Topping the American Library Association’s list of most frequently banned books is a children’s book about two male penguins who raise a baby chick together, And Tango Makes Three .
Officials at Jordan, Davis and Salt Lake districts say they aren’t aware of any school bans of the Twilight books.
“I know some of the elementary school librarians keep it behind the counter. That way, they can ensure that the parent approves of the child checking it out,” said Bonnie Flint at the Davis district.
Meyer is often hailed as the next J.K. Rowling. Breaking Dawn , the fourth and final book in Twilight saga, was released in August and sold 1.3 million copies on the first day. The author, a mother of three living in Arizona, describes herself as a devout Mormon on her official Web site.
Though classed as paranormal fantasy, the Twilight books read more like a tale of two star-crossed lovers. The series begins with 17-year-old Bella Swan moving from her mother’s sunny home in Phoenix to a rain-soaked town in Washington where she encounters Cullen Edward, the brooding adopted son of a local doctor. The Cullens are vampires, but they’re the “good kind,” drinking only animal blood.
The implied sex scene in Breaking Dawn starts with newlyweds Bella and Edward at the beach. The two kiss and caress before he pulls her into the water. The next scene has Bella waking the next morning to torn feathered pillows, bruises and a sore jaw.
The books are filled with erotic tension. But the consensus among reviewers is that the sexual themes are tender and tasteful. The two lovers remain chaste until married. Wildly popular among teenage girls, the first book was made into a major motion-picture movie in November and will be released on DVD at midnight Friday.
Twilight series fans look forward to seeing Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner reprise their roles as Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, and Jacob Black in New Moon this November. Many of them, declaring their slight disappointment with the amount of the book that was left out of the first film, have declared those scenes that are crucial and must be included in New Moon (for that list, see here).
Others, however, say that the list is pointless – that Twilight fans should accept the fact that New Moon simply cannot be exactly like the book. To the chagrin of many, these folks say that they think New Moon, the film, may differ significantly from the book, and that this should be okay.
Critics of this viewpoint state that this is unfair to the millions that read and loved New Moon, and that it is indeed very possible to bring a faithful adaptation of the book to the big screen.
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The Twilight Saga’ by US author Stephenie Meyer has broken the book sales record which had been set by Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
As per Nielsen Bookscan, ‘Breaking Dawn’, the latest book in the four-part series, has been selling at a rate of 19,800 copies each week in Australia during January, reports News.com.au.
The Da Vinci Code had held the January sales record, selling 14,500 copies in the first month of 2005. The four books in Meyer’s series are currently at the top of the bestseller chart, with Breaking Dawn in first place followed by Eclipse, New Moon and Twilight.
A new edition of Twilight, released last year to tie in with the film starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, comes in at number seven, while Meyer’s adult novel ‘The Host’ is at number 13. Worldwide sales for the Twilight Saga are now at 42 million copies, with 1.4 million of those sales coming from Australia.
A movie version of the second book, New Moon, is in pre-production. (ANI)
Entertainment ranging from a wide variety of movies, television and music are recognized each year with glamorous award celebrations, while books only make lists and the few notable ones win a Pulitzer.
The book lists, such as the well-known New York Times Bestsellers List, provide readers insight to books are considered to be the “it” books each time that the list is published. Just because books don’t receive the kind of glamour that other forms of entertainment receive through high-profile celebrations doesn’t mean that the published works of fiction and nonfiction go unnoticed.
It may not have made the top 10 of 2008 in The New York Times Bestsellers List, but the “Twilight” series by Stephenie Meyer swept away millions of readers across the country telling an unconventional tale of vampire love. A recent article by USA Today reported that Meyer’s series sold approximately 22 million copies in 2008.
Darren Jones, general manager of Borders at the Huntington Mall, said that he didn’t have a complete list of the top bestsellers for the store but the most notable sellers were books from the “Twilight” series, especially during the Christmas season.
“I think the entire country was reading Stephanie Meyer,” Jones said.
Empire Books and News general manager Jessica Messinger said that people of many ages would come in to purchase books from Meyer’s series.
As the popularity for Meyer’s series grew and eventually sparked a movie, Marshall University students took notice.
“I see a lot more college students coming in for them than I used to see, and then they also start buying other books,” Messinger said.
Katie Stewart, freshman biomedical science major from Ironton, Ohio, said that she loves to read and tries to read at least one book a month. Stewart said she doesn’t typically keep up with any particular bestseller lists but did read the “Twilight” series and Meyer is currently her favorite author.
“I started reading them after seeing the movie (“Twilight”), and I’m completely into them,” she said.
Eric Stanley, junior forensic chemistry major, said he usually reads multiple books a week or a month, and he has four or five favorite authors. Stanley didn’t acknowledge any particular styles of books he likes to read other than what is generally fiction.
“It’s there, so I read it,” Stanley said.
Stanley is another student who can be counted in to the mass of people who read the Twilight series.
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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke who won’t be coming back to helm the sequel, New Moon, but she does have a book deal under her belt!
An announcement released Wednesday said she’s releasing a memoir that will detail the time she spent on the Twilight set with a book called Twilight: Director’s Notebook on March 17.
The tome reveals info on casting, location scouting, wardrobe and Hardwicke’s favorite scenes.
The book also has behind-the-scenes photos and storyboard sketches.
It is designed to replicate the director’s own personal notebook kept on set.
Will you Twilight fans be picking this up?
New York Entertainment released an article with 28 reasons why the movie is better than the book.
Here they are:
1. First of all, the demands of compressing a 500-page book into a two-hour movie mean that most of the boring scenes of Edward brooding about stuff have been cut. In fact, for the entire middle third of the movie, Edward seems happy most of the time, which Robert Pattinson frankly plays a lot better than he does the dark, serious looks.
2. The movie adds an amazing sequence in which Edward takes Bella to the top of an enormous tree for a view of the mountains and river below. It actually totally rules.
3. In the movie, vampires make an unnecessary but awesome whooshing sound when they jump around.
4. Bella’s new friends in Forks have been given the Catherine Hardwicke treatment: They’re cooler, funnier, more multicultural, and way more interesting than they are in the book, where they’re mostly there to serve as distractions that Bella ignores on her way to Edward. For instance, Eric — described in the book as “a gangly boy with skin problems” who’s “the overly-helpful chess-club type” — turns into a hip, attractive Gaysian. And when everyone goes to the beach, they don’t just take boring walks to the tide pools; they go surfing!
5. Who knew Charlie’s mustache was so awesome?
6. At the movie, you get to hear teenage girls shrieking, “I love you, Edward!!!” before the opening credits even begin.
7. We predict at least one actual Team Edward vs. Team Jacob riot in a movie theater somewhere in America; the rivalry gets much more visceral with audience members cheering the arrival of their heroes.
8. While the baseball scene can’t completely avoid seeming like the campy miscalculation it is, we love that the vampires wear old-timey baseball uniforms.
9. There are jokes! Like, people tell jokes! Instead of just glumly or romantically talking about things! Bella and Edward even tell jokes to each other!
10. We guess because the movie was made by non-Mormons, there’s a joke about Speedo-stuffing! And two jokes about boobs.
11. For no apparent reason, the alluring young waitress who can’t stop flirting with Edward in Port Angeles has been transformed into a weird hipster chick with a hilarious bouffant.
12. When Edward explains to Bella that he can read thoughts, he points around the restaurant and tells her what everyone’s thinking about: “Money … sex … sex … money … cat.”
13. In a touching ode to primitive research technology, Bella actually reads a little bit about vampires in a book! Before going straight to Google.
14. Unlike in Twilight the book, in which Edward’s afraid to even describe a hunt, we actually get to see Edward chase down a deer in the movie.
15. When Bella visits Edward’s family, they charmingly attempt to cook her a meal. “We finally get to use the kitchen!” Dr. Cullen says.
16. The wall of the Cullens’ house features a cute mural made up of dozens of the vampires’ high-school graduation caps.
17. Due to Edward’s chastity, at every point in the movie where you’re expecting a sex scene, the filmmakers are forced to show long sequences of Edward and Bella lying down and staring soulfully at each other. They’re even shot just like sex scenes! It’s impossible to explain just how funny this is onscreen.
18. It really drives home the book’s overarching message of the dangers of female sexuality when we actually see flushed temptress Bella, late at night in her bedroom, forcing herself upon Edward and the poor innocent vampire flinging himself against a wall to keep himself in check.
19. When Bella’s mom hears that her daughter has a boyfriend, she demands, “Are you being safe?” We foresee a whole new tie-in line of armor-plated Twilight condoms!
20. At no point in the movie does this scene occur. (Referencing the “YOU MADE ME FAINT!” scene). (see thumbnail below)
21. Also, this scene was cut, thank God. (Referencing the “You’re intoxicated by my very presence” crazy). (see thumbnail below)
22.In general, we’re just so relieved that the movie did away with most of the 1,000 scenes in which basically this exact thing happens:
Bella: Don’t go!
Edward: I should go, but I can’t.
Bella: I am happy!
Edward: You’re an idiot for being happy.
Bella: You are still totally gorgeous OMG OMG.
23. The other vampires – Laurent, Victoria, and James – don’t just appear out of nowhere on page 375 because Stephenie Meyer belatedly realized something needed to happen. They make appearances throughout the movie, hunting and killing humans, which gives the movie not only little bursts of much-needed action but at least a game attempt at some suspense.
24. There’s an actual fight scene between Edward and James, instead of Bella just passing out and getting told about it later. Mostly it’s just them throwing each other through windows and crap, but in a story that’s totally starved for action it’s nice that they tried.
25. The movie answers in seconds a burning question the book never bothered to address: Do
vampires in Twilight have reflections? Spoiler: Yes, they do!
26. Uh, Alice jumps onto James and TOTALLY BREAKS HIS NECK!
27. Movie prom is set in a gorgeous, opulent building with a twinkling gazebo for Edward and Bella’s final dance! Book prom takes place in the gym.
28. “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb,” Bella says. In the book, you just roll your eyes. In the movie theater, everyone cheers wildly.
I really need to see this movie … I really do!