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The Twilight Series - For What Age Is It Appropriate?

Comments from Parents, Teachers, and Librarians

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Parents, teachers, and librarians familiar with the Twilight series are talking about what age is appropriate to introduce these popular books to kids and teens. While some comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series suggest which age is appropriate, others insist the books are not age appropriate at all. Here is a sampling of unedited comments from the more than 100 comments about the Twilight series we received regarding the appropriate age for reading the series. To learn what the author of the Twilight series has to say on the subject of "age appropriate," see my article Spotlight on Author Stephenie Meyer.

Comments from Parents

Matthew says:

These books are very inappropriate for kids. I mean, the fourth book is a glorious celebration of sex and pregnancy.

Valeria says:

My twelve years old daughter loves Meyer’s books. I’ve read them too and they are entertaining and plenty of that romantic thing we adore at that age. After having a look at the movie trailer both of us dissappointed about changes from the original, however we’re planning to have a look at the full piece.

Carolsue says:

My daughter is 13, soon to be 14, and loves the books. So do I, for that matter.

Carmen says:

I totally agree with Matthew. The Twilight series is not appropriate for children. It glorifies a kind of romantic love that is not only unrealistic but sets the stage for abuse. Literary speaking, reading The Twilight series is like eating a marshmallow. It is fluffy and sweet and addictive, hardly nutritious and, in excess, bad for you.

Cindy says:

I’m 31 and I love the series. There is no way I’d let my 9 year old daughter, who is a very advanced reader, read them though. Her maturity level just isn’t there. Yes, Breaking Dawn does involve some adult topics, including sex. I find nothing wrong with it though, as it doesn’t go into detail. And what’s wrong with it portraying sex as glorious? I have no problem with my daughter reading the series, just not at this age.

Evelyn says:

I believe these are for people from the ages of 16 and up…..I would not let my 12 year old read them……..but when they are old enough I highly recommend them, best reading I have had since the dragonlance series.

Wendy says:

My daughter is 12 and is in love with the Twilight series. My husband’s secretary is also an eight grade English teacher and she recommended the series for my daughter. I found the first three books–Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse–to be appropriate for my daughter, but she will have to wait to read Breaking Dawn. I told her I would have to read it first to see if it was appropriate for her, but it wasn’t. There is sexual content and violent content. I wish the author had made it so that the last book would also be appropriate for my daughter’s age because she is so disappointed that she has to wait to read it, but she will respect my wishes.

Brittany says:

My 12-year old and I have read all of the books and have seen the movies and I personally think they’re totally fine for a middle schooler.

Kiki M.says:

I read the whole twilight series and then decided to share it with my 10 year old daughter. The book is very popular with girls her age. She wasn’t the only one in her class to see the movie, although she was probably the only one required by her mother to read the entire book first! Now that she’s finished with the series I’m scrambling for something else to read with her.

Comments from Teachers and Librarians

Lteacher says:

I sincerely believe that these books do not promote anything harmful. Of course, they are unrealistic (hello, vampires?) If a child is interested in reading the books, and continues through it, then they should be allowed to. If it is above their interest or maturity, they’ll stop. And to the librarian who is censoring for the sake of kids’ innocence: putting an age limit on a book only makes it more tempting to kids, by the way. If they’re interested in books about romantic love, they’ve got an idea about sex already. And these books introduce it in a consensual, loving, married environment.

Ronna says:

I am a youth services librarian from Connecticut. Most of the 12 year old girls in my town have read the series. However, since they love the book (Twilight), they are very skeptical of the movie. They have watched the trailers over and over and are already complaining about certain scenes. As with many people, they were less than enthusiastic about the last book.

Kristen says:

I purchased three copies of each book for my shelves in a middle school library last year and they constantly stayed checked out. This year, my new library only has one copy of each but at least 10 holds for each!
I haven’t read them for myself because they are constantly checked out. I have asked three teachers who have read them about their content and they all felt it was appropriate.
Looking back on my middle school days, I was checking out V.C. Andrew’s books!! As I get older and more prudish, I need to take a step back and remember what it is like to be a young teenager. If you feel uncomfortable with your children reading it, but know that they want to, then read it with them and talk about the books. Allow moments as these to open a dialogue that can often get stifled between parent and child during the teen years. Otherwise, these books are good for students because he gets them to read! If you take it off the shelves, students will only want to read it even more and borrow it from someone else — they want what they can’t have.
Just a suggestion.

For more Twilight Series resources, read my Parent's Guide to the Twilight Series.

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