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.
- Raising the Stakes – More Vampires in YA Fiction? (debbie-johansson.com)
- After ‘Twilight’: Where Do Vampires in Pop Culture Go From Here? (theatlantic.com) NOTE: Don’t read this if you don’t want Dracula to be spoiled for you. I just read it and…yeah. Spoiler alert.