These days, I don't think there's a soul in the US who hasn't heard the word "Twilight". Kids (and some adults) of all ages have taken a liking
to the book series; whether it be that they like it, love it, are obsessed with it, or have completely given their life to it, LITERALLY. Frankly, I
can't even see why this book series has taken off so far. At first it seemed like just another book that a few people were reading, then it turned
disaster. I'll admit it: I did start reading the first book, but I found it boring so I stopped(!), being the vivid reader I am. The
movies are okay, but nothing to obsess over.
My first concern is what this is doing to our children's brains. A lot of my friends (at about 13) have completely given their life to the book.
Their rooms are stuffed with Twilight posters and souvenirs (one even has an Edward cardboard cutout), they go to Twilight conventions, they dress in
Twilight clothing and jewelry, constantly talk about Twilight, they have all the Twilight movies, the soundtracks from the movies, and the books
themselves might as well be Olympic gold metals. As I read in another forum, some kids are going as far as permanently getting fangs
their mouths. What is this going to do to these kid's futures? If they plan on growing with only vampires on their minds, then we're going to have a
problem. Think, bigger than the Star Wars controversy.
One time I was talking about Cryptozoology and one of my friends asked "What's Cryptozoology?" and I told them "The study of hidden animals such
as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster" and they replied "Oh, so like vampires and werewolves?". Which brings me to my other topic...
Twilight is ruining the name of Cryptozoology. The first thing that comes to mind when you tell a person the meaning of the word their brain
automatically connect it to Twilight. I was once reading an article on Yahoo! about the Chupacabras and, sure enough, they compared Chupacabras to
Edward Cullen ( article
). Even people on these forums have gone the whole 9 yards by reporting
being they have been bitten by vampires. Thanks to Twilight, Cryptozoology cannot be taken seriously these days. As any good crypto-enthusiast will
know, Cryptozoology is a very serious subject; it has nothing to do with fictional stories of pale people who sparkle.
[edit on 17-7-2010 by nicolee123nd]