Love it or hate it, there’s a good deal of noise surrounding the Twilight series, especially with the upcoming release of New Moon on November 20th. The latest claim is that the Twilight series is the equivalent of female pornography. Although outright ridiculous at first, I can, after some thought, understand why such a claim would be made. Considering the fact that women don’t generally respond to the same stimuli as men, it would make sense that our definition of pornography should morph when crossing the line between sexes. The truth is that pornography for women tends to fall into the category of romance and fantasy fiction. But don’t get your pitchforks yet, folks. First of all, being a fan of the vampire genre, I know firsthand that the fascination with Twilight is just another link in the historic chain of fascination with vampires in general. Women are always going to be drawn to the male vampire love interest because he’s so powerful, but of all vampire novels, the Twilight series is probably the least pornographic. Consider, for a moment, The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. Not only is there casual sex in almost every other chapter, it’s meticulously descriptive as well. The only sexual experience alluded to in Twilight is, most importantly within marriage vows, and secondly, hardly even actually described! Stephenie Meyer is careful to leave the intimate out. The only danger that I see in Twilight is that it’s targeting a very influential and emotionally-charged audience: teenage girls. When you introduce a character like Edward Cullen, you unleash a flood of unrealistic expectations and far-fetched fantasies. Anyone with a Facebook has seen the â€śI <3 Edward,â€ť or â€śWhere's my Edward,â€ť bumper stickers. But, if you ask me, this problem isn't Twilight exclusive. Women have been swooning over fictional characters for a long time, and will for a long time to come, I'm sure. So is Twilight pornographic? I don't think so. What do you think?
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