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Published: Thursday, Aug. 25 2011 5:30 p.m. MDT

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klove
Roy, Utah

A lot people I know have strong tastes and opinions. It seems like people feel it necessary to defend their tastes with their opinions. Such as, I don't like Vampires stories. So I feel stories about vampires are bad. And if one of my loved ones doesn't share this opinion, I'm going to set them straight! This is a frustrating behavior trait. And reveals a strong inclination to control others-whether its justified or not.

My daughter LOVES twilight. I'm indifferent. My wife HATES it. But, we let our daughter decide what she likes. And thus far, she hasn't showed inclinations to kill people or worse, suck their blood! So I guess, she'll be alright.

Sandy
Salt Lake City, UT

I enjoyed this conversation~! I need to learn to talk this way to my kids. Good job, Mom.

Nanakat
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The mother's description of Bella is interesting to me, because the author viewed Bella as very self-sacrificing and considerate of others. This is clear from the fragment of MIDNIGHT SUN (the same story as TWILIGHT, told from Edward's point of view) that Stephenie Meyer posted online.

The problem is that Meyer chose to write Bella's story in first person point of view, and a truly self-sacrificing Bella would not think of herself that way. It's very difficult to convey the really good qualities of a first person point of view character without appearing to boast (and cancel those good qualities).

I didn't see Bella as at all negative the way the mother in this article described her, and I think it's too bad so many people seem to have that view of Bella, instead of the one Meyer intended for them to have.

First person point of view is not a good choice for first novelists or for first novels.

Utah Native
Farmington, UT

I agree with the mother's opinion of Bella in this article. For Bella, it's all about Bella. She's depressed, nearly suicidal, withdrawn, self-absorbed, yet for some reason, the boys still love her and fight over her (maybe because they're virile teenage boys, I don't know). Hopefully, more mature young men in real life realize that this is NOT the kind of girl you want to devote your life to unless you have an advanced degree in clinical psychology and think your own Bella might be open to you trying to help her change her ways.

Clarissa
Layton, UT

I love Twilight. I'm going to read all of the books again, and I'm 51 years old. I agree with this article. It is important that a parent be involved in what their child is reading. Twilight is definitely for older teenagers. I adore romance novels with 'mental anguish' and the Twilight series does with with great flair. It's just fantasy people and uber romantic. Books in which I don't have to skip over many pages with too much sexual description are hard to find these days. I can hardly wait for another book by the author.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

Compelling article...NOT

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