The Negative Effects of Twilight

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The vampire craze has taken over what young teenagers today indulge themselves in regards to reading material. But has this new fad had a negative effect on teens? Some of theses books (for example the Twilight series written by Stephanie Meyer) have portrayed an example for teenagers and even adults that should be more closely examined. A hundred years ago, books for kids were dominated with stories about boys having adventures and girls finding husbands; then, from the 1950s to the 1970s, the themes were emerging sexuality and parental conflict. The current age of young adult literature contains a large chunk of stories of teenage girls falling in love with the supernatural. Multiple books about girls getting into relationships with vampires and werewolves have risen in the past 10 years. Maria Nikolajeva, a Cambridge University professor of literature stated that "We don't know exactly how literature affects the brain, but we know that it does; some new findings have identified spots in the brain that respond to literature and art." (Live Science) Knowing that literature affects the brain and how it develops, we should be cautious as to what we are giving to the younger generation to read. The youth of today are being overwhelmed with multiple messages on what to look for in a partner, and what constitutes as a “normal” relationship (Chang). If you use Twilight as an example for these messages that are being broadcasted, it is clear to see that the examples that have
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