Paranormal Teen Romance

I’m so glad I saw this comic on my friend’s facebook, because this is EXACTLY how I feel when I walk into bookstores. I’m all for teenagers reading for pleasure and wanting to come back for more, but they should be required to read at least a few passages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula before checking out anything about sparkly, “vegetarian” vampires or some such trash.

(I’m actually about 1/5 of the way through Dracula right now actually, and it’s awesome. I can’t believe I haven’t read it before this.)

I’m tempted—very tempted—to say I would never let my kids read stuff like that. But forbidding children/teenagers to do things generally makes them want to do those things MORE, so I suppose I would just have to make sure I am aware of what they’re reading and get them into quality literature (ya know, like Harry Potter) before they get sucked into Twilight. Perhaps, if they do start getting too into “paranormal teen romance,” I’ll take my own advice and make them read Dracula before they can read any more contemporary books. (This, of course, is assuming that they’re readers at all—and I will be heartbroken if they’re not, which will be a whole other problem to deal with.)

Anyway, one more quick comment I’d like to make is that, for those who don’t know, the name of this comic comes from the Gospel of Matthew, 7:6: “Do not…cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet,” meaning (more or less) “Don’t waste your knowledge on people who won’t appreciate it.” (In the Gospel, it’s referring to scriptural knowledge, but theme of the comic is more about wasting general knowledge.) Not only do I find this to be a cool reference and absolutely positively true, but I also think it ties back in well with the comic at hand: don’t waste your knowledge on silly books.

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2 thoughts on “Paranormal Teen Romance

  1. I don’t think there is anything wrong with paranormal teen romance as long as they find other things to read as well… I am a Twilight fan myself, as reluctant as I am to admit it… it’s great fluff and I think there is a place for fluff in reading but I think that if you read all fluff all the time you are missing out on so much more! I am frequently recommending higher quality books to my students simply because if YA is all they are reading, they are missing out – big time.

    • I suppose. I just think that, with Twilight especially, there are only bad lessons to be learned…ie, emotionally abusive boyfriends just love you too much and want to protect you, etc. I know nothing at all about the rest of the genre so I don’t know if they’re all as bad as Twilight (sorry). Even if fluff is generally harmless I feel there’s a lot more fluff out there that isn’t terribly written or that gives girls genuinely harmful ideas about what normal, healthy relationships are like. =

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