I'm taking a summer course, and there are five students besides me, three of which are grown women (and all of whom are female. Thank goodness we have a male professor; otherwise the estrogen levels would become deadly). Today, when I came back from a short break, I found most of the students in the middle of a conversation with our professor about preschool. They had just touched upon the fact that most parents don't bother to teach their children things like their letters and numbers before sending them to kindergarten when one of the mothers in the class proudly announced that she has her eight-year-old daughter reading the Twilight series.
I was immediately scared for this child. The entire point of Twilight is centered around an obsessive relationship that, frankly, would be ridiculously unhealthy in the real world. When an older person reads the series, they have a chance of understanding that it's fiction before they buy into the lie that romance will solve all their problems, but a child as young as eight barely stands a chance. At that age, a kid is still learning what to expect from the world. They take most of the things they learn as fact without question, especially anything that comes from their parents.
When I pointed this out, the mother said that she just thought it was good because Twilight was making her child want to learn to read. She thinks her daughter is old enough to know better, but I think she's treading on dangerous ground. I know people my age who have let the media convince them that a romantic relationship is everything, and I'm in college.
What are your thoughts?