Libraries: LOTS of people want the Twilight books banned

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Patrick Lee
Dec 14, 2012

Not everyone loves Stephenie Meyer's mega-best-selling Twilight series of books, and not for the usual reasons: The series ranks fifth on the annual report of "challenged books" released Wednesday by the American Library Association.

The Associated Press says that Meyer's in good company: J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books are also high on that list, which represents concerns by people who don't want children to see them.


Meyer's stories of vampires and teen romance have been criticized for sexual content; a library association official also thinks that the "Twilight" series reflects general unease about supernatural stories.

"Vampire novels have been a target for years and the `Twilight' books are so immensely popular that a lot of the concerns people have had about vampires are focused on her books," says Barbara Jones, director of the association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Christian groups for years have protested the themes of wizardry in Rowling's books, which don't appear on the current top 10.

The number-one most challenged series in 2009 was Lauren Myracle's IM series, which are told through instant messages, which have been criticized for nudity, language and drug references.

The ALA recorded 460 challenges in 2009, a drop from 513 the year before, and 81 books actually being removed.

We can think of a bunch of other reasons why Twilight books should be burned. What do you think?

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