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justdance101 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 7, 2009 at 7:53 PM via web

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My little sister already read all three of the Twilight books; however, I'm not that sure that I should let her read Breaking Dawn.

 She's 12.

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jessecreations | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM (Answer #2)

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You have a valid point.  Here are some things to consider:

- There is sex in the book.  Granted, it is between married people (okay, person/vampire), but it is rather wild.  Then again, it is not what I would call "graphic."

- The birth scene is a little graphic.  It might upset your sister to read it.

- Breaking Dawn is the most mature of all the novels.  Though it is written with appropriate language, etc., it does tackle more adult issues because by this novel Bella is a legal adult and is married with a child.  The books grow with Bella, in a way.

Think about your sister's maturity level.  How has she dealt with issues like this in the past?  Has she been allowed to watch movies that are PG-13 or above, or read books with sexual content before?  I would give this book a PG-13 rating for "mild sexual content."  Think of it in those terms - if it were a movie, would she be allowed to see it? 

Also, maybe you should talk to your parents/guardians and tell them what the book is like and see what they think.  They could even read it before making a decision, maybe?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM (Answer #3)

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Breaking Dawn does not have anything in it that deviates from the storyline of the first three books.  The pregnancy and the delivery of Bella's baby girl is not in any way inappropriate.  If your sister has made it this far in the reading, she should be able to read the next one.  I'm sure there are mothers out there who want to shelter their children from certain genres of reading, but Stephanie Meyer does a great job keeping the "details" of love from the pages.  There are no inappropriate scenes in detail, just violence.  If you think she can handle that, she should be able to read it.  I loved it, and I can't wait to share this series with my 2 daughters.  (they're early elementary, though)

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM (Answer #4)

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I don't understand why people are bothered by the "sex" scenes in "Breaking Dawn." They are not explicit at all. My test of whether a story is appropriate is this: Would I be embarrassed if my preacher caught me reading it. My answer regarding this book is "no." We should be happy that Bella and Edward are good role models of young adults who wait until they are married to have sex. Doesn't that fit the "true love waits" model?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM (Answer #5)

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I would agree with #2's assessment. Consider the book PG-13. If your sister is allowed to watch PG-13 movies, then she'd be fine with this book. I do understand some parent's concern with this book, only in that the other books are very chaste, and this one does include sexual activity. However, as #4's post said, Edward and Bella are married. There are much, much worse young adult novels out there in terms of sexual activity, so this one really shouldn't raise too many concerns. I think take it on a case by case basis and consider the young person reading it and their maturity level.

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jessecreations | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM (Answer #6)

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I agree with both posts 3 and 4 about the appropriateness of the sex scenes, but I also do feel that it's something to consider for someone who is only 12.  I mean, the torn feathers, etc., gives me a visual.  Which is fine for me, because I'm an adult.  The sex scenes didn't bother/offend me at all, but I don't know how old I would want my own daughter to be before she reads about it.  While I agree that it's a good message for "true love waits," I also think that if true love waits then maybe younger kids should wait to read those things, too.  Like I said in my original post, I think you just have to consider your family's personal comfort level with the subject matter, etc.

For the baby delivery scene, I also don't think it's "inappropriate," just a little gross.  Again, not that a 12-year-old doesn't know the basics of childbirth, but they don't always need to see all the details.

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lovemyboo | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM (Answer #7)

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You have a valid point.  Here are some things to consider:

- There is sex in the book.  Granted, it is between married people (okay, person/vampire), but it is rather wild.  Then again, it is not what I would call "graphic."

- The birth scene is a little graphic.  It might upset your sister to read it.

- Breaking Dawn is the most mature of all the novels.  Though it is written with appropriate language, etc., it does tackle more adult issues because by this novel Bella is a legal adult and is married with a child.  The books grow with Bella, in a way.

Think about your sister's maturity level.  How has she dealt with issues like this in the past?  Has she been allowed to watch movies that are PG-13 or above, or read books with sexual content before?  I would give this book a PG-13 rating for "mild sexual content."  Think of it in those terms - if it were a movie, would she be allowed to see it? 

Also, maybe you should talk to your parents/guardians and tell them what the book is like and see what they think.  They could even read it before making a decision, maybe?

hey do you or any one no if all of the twilight books are the same. or are they the same story

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lovemyboo | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 8, 2009 at 7:14 PM (Answer #8)

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i only read the first book,"twilight", because i dont know if the other books are the same or not

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crissy14 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 9, 2009 at 5:18 PM (Answer #9)

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There are things to counsider aks your mom & dad they know what is best.I'm 14 and that is what i did. They said if i really whated to. That it was ok if i did .But she is also 12 and they would have said not for a few years.But that is just me.Just you and them know what is best if she has to wheat.Give her Harry Potter and tall her it is just as good .She will love it to.I've read Harry potter the last 2 years there are so many thing in those books.She will forget twiligh for a good 2 days.Than if she still whats the next book just let her skip that part.So you a her are both happy.

 

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neon-ice-cream | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 11, 2009 at 6:37 AM (Answer #10)

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I agree talk to her parents/gardians. I have friends who are twelve that read the book after talking to their moms, plus the baby scene is NOTHING compared to the video we had to watch in seventh grade health.

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lovemyboo | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 11, 2009 at 6:04 PM (Answer #11)

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i agree to talk to any adults about it

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bekkygirl1 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted January 24, 2009 at 7:09 AM (Answer #12)

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My mother isn't allowing my younger sister to read it, and I would agree with her. There are very adult situations in it, and some are inappropriate, like the birth scene. I wouldn't suggest her reading it until she is 11 or 12. 

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bekkygirl1 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted January 24, 2009 at 7:15 AM (Answer #13)

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I read this book when I was 11, and it wasn't really bad. I mean, there was sex in some parts, and the birth scene was a little scary, but it was nothing I couldn't handle. But, then again, that's just me personally. Your sis is 12, so I imagine she can handle it. She's in 6th or 7th grade, so she will be hearing and reading about that kind of thing. It's not really your decision what she reads, so I would talk with your mom and discuss her views on the subject. My mom read the book shortly after I did, and she thought it was very sci-fi, not inappropriate. She is not, however, going to let my 10-year-old sister read it. She's in 4th grade, for one, and she doesn't understand that sort of thing.

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almillionare | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 8, 2009 at 12:51 PM (Answer #14)

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Skip the whole first Bella section :D

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bekkygirl1 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM (Answer #15)

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Just see if she's mature enough to handle it.

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twilights-biggest-luver | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 1, 2009 at 1:07 PM (Answer #16)

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Okay i'm 11. I haven't ready braking dawn yet bcuz i'm still on eclispe. But nobodys stopping me from readg braking dawn. my friend told me they explain the sex scene but i havent read it so i dnt kno.

BUt let her read it

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tr991 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2009 at 8:58 PM (Answer #17)

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

 

After reading Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse - how exactly do you propose to stop her from reading the finale'?

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zales90 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 21, 2009 at 1:19 PM (Answer #18)

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You should just let her read it, a rule of thumb should be if you can get through the first three books understand and comprehend it. Then the 4th book will be fine, 12 is not that young. *and to be frank I thought the sex senes were lame way too pg-13*

Plus i am worried for your safely is you prohibit her from reading the LAST book of the series.

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samanthastilphen | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 6, 2009 at 5:02 PM (Answer #19)

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i only read the first book,"twilight", because i dont know if the other books are the same or not

No there different books. There Is Twilight,New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and word is out that Meyers is making a new one calles "midnight sun".

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM (Answer #20)

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I would not let her read it because in this scene it is the honeymoon scene where Bella gets pregnant. One thing about this is it sets very high unrealistic expectations for young girls about love and at this age it would not be right to let her read the books. 

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