Friday, November 7, 2014

Why I kinda don't mind the Twilight series

Ok, ok, hold on. Don't leave me just yet.

I know the title for this blog post might disgust a lot of people, and make some lose respect for me. But hear me out.


I have loved reading for as long as I can remember (really, Kristen?). My mum used to leave me in the bookstore for hours on end while she would shop. She always knew I would be exactly where she left me. She wasn't a bad parent, before you go thinking that, she knew the owners of the bookstore and I was a devil child that would throw the worlds biggest tantrum if I had to go shopping with her.

Moving on.

So I read a lot. Babysitters club, mostly. Then I graduated to Sweet Valley High. I read many other books, of course, for school and books that I picked up in the thrift store, and loved many of them including The Time Traveler's Wife, LOTR & HP. Then I just stopped. I don't know. I had overdosed on reading. No more, I said, no more.

When I was a bit sick, I got obsessed with Keira Knightley. She had a movie coming out, called Pride & Prejudice and I wanted to read the book before I saw it, because books before movies, like bros before hoes. And I loved it. I fell head over heels and read it a thousand times, mainly because I hoped one day to understand it. But nothing else interested me. I kept reading P&P.


Then a friend suggested this new series, Twilight. All 4 books were already out and the movie was coming out in a few months. I asked her what it was about and she said, well, a vampire. I rolled my eyes like no way. I'll hate it. But she insisted, so I read them. And I loved them. I read them in less than a week and thought they were the best thing since sliced bread. I saw the movie and each one after that, and apart from the shocking acting, loved them too. I found a whole new love for books and suddenly my to-read list was miles long.

I read P&P at least 70 times a year, so I thought I would try Twilight again not even a year later. And it did not hold up, shockingly. I pushed through. The flaws started to peek through. I finished it again, with less love than last time but I still enjoyed it. Fast forward to now, I have probably read the books 4 times, max. I did enjoy them originally, but they don't hold up, and there are so many flaws and ridiculousness it's, well, ridiculous. However, I still think it's worth a read. Maybe not as an adult, I am glad I was like 21 at the time. Sure that's technically an adult, but no.


Twilight is a good book to start from. It is simple, it is an easy read, it touches on a few things, but doesn't ever really go into complicated sentences or character depth. It's corny and cheesy, the plot is weak, and the love triangle is pitiful. It doesn't even compare to the greats, but everyone has a different opinion of what is great and amazing, and for something to sell over 16 million copies, Stephanie Meyer had to be doing something right. I'm not trying to come off like I hate Twilight now, or that I'm too good for it, absolutely not. I genuinely loved it, and it will always hold a spot in my heart, and bookshelf.

Do you think people read as much as they used to? Maybe because all I did as a child was read, and I had no friends, I have this delusion that children used to read more than they do now.

The number one reason I like Twilight, for myself, is because it got me back into reading. Yes, it's simple and mindless with a thousand flaws. I didn't want to read Harry Potter when it first came out because it was SOBIG and I was totally against the bandwagon. But I appreciated that it was making kids read again. Or maybe they never stopped, but I felt like they did. Eventually I read Harry Potter, and it was beyond amazing and is one of the best series ever written and absolutely holds up and I can read them time and time again. Twilight not so much. But if Twilight gets a generation of non-readers into reading, how can I hate it? I will never read Fifty Shades, but a friend of mine who professed her hatred of reading the first time I met her, now reads a zillion books a month because of Fifty Shades. Of course, they are all books like that, not my style, but she's reading. Reading is good, in any shape or form.


I love this post about why this woman does not want her daughter to read Twilight, truly I do. But my thoughts are - if my daughter, or any child wants to read, really wants to read a book - I would love for them to read whatever they want, even Twilight. I just hope they graduate from it like I did and move on to bigger and better things, because oh - there are so many - so many!! - books that are amazing and wonderful and trump Twilight a thousand times over. I hope my (non-existent) children love reading, I hope they love Austen, Tolkien and Rowling, among many others.

No, I don't want my daughter to be Bella or look to her as a role model, but jeepers I didn't turn out like the girls from the BSC or SVH, they are just books. Reading is so much more than what you are reading. It develops your imagination and encourages you to dream. It improves creativity and concentration. Reading exposes you to new things, and you can learn so much like new words or possibilities. Reading helps you understand the world, and the people in it. Above all, reading is a fantastic source of entertainment, it reduces stress, and helped me discover me. It's kinda like how I love Pride & Prejudice but don't expect you to.

So there you go, don't stone me. Have you read Twilight?
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49 comments:

  1. i started reading at 3, and never turned out like the characters that i enjoyed or sympathized with. i read the twilight series during a beach trip (once they were all released. i was really behind!) and enjoyed it as light reading. i wouldn't mind if my kids read it. when presenting the book to charlie, he sat on it, as he does everything.

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  2. i never got into the twilight books but i liked hunger games! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. I read Twilight after all of the books had come out too! I swore I wasn't going to read it but my grandmother died and I was looking for something to take my mind off of it so my friend bought me the first one and I became hooked. It wasn't because I thought it was a great book, or it was well written, or because I could relate to the characters but because I was able to get lost in it. I definitely think it's unfair for any parent to tell their kid they can't read a book because their mindless. And in my opinion if your child idolizes or thinks of Bella Swan as her role model then that's a reflection more on your parenting than Stephanie Meyer. If my mother told me I couldn't read a book nothing would want to make me read it more. Sorry, I'll end my rant now LOL! {Although I'm still ranting to my husband about that lady's letter haha} But any way, I'm all about the classical novels but every once in awhile there's nothing wrong with reading a book that's just a story. Happy Friday love!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  4. i one of the very last people to read that series. about 4 or 5yrs after it came out, i started the first book and really, on a fluke because i was so bored with my usual routine and wanted something different. so i asked my friend to borrow something and she gave that book to me. of course, i had heard of twilight (my sister is a twihard fan) and i laughed at it; immediately turning my nose up and asking for another reco. my friend just told me "read the first 3 chapters. if, after that, you dont like it just bring it back". i finished that book in 4hrs, immediately went back to her and asked for the entire series LOL

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  5. I loved Twilight too when it first came out, but then the movies came out and it turned me off of it. I think a lot of the issue is that girls actually wanted to be Bella (which makes me want to throw up). You're right though if it gets people into books then good!

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  6. Im right there with ya girl. I actually enjoyed the Twilight series. I do have this habit of reading anything placed in front of me so there's that. But once I got over my "ugh it's so popular" hipster attitude, I liked the books. Cheers to lifetime readers!! :D

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  7. OMG, that last gif is now my favorite EVER!

    I have not read Twilight or Fifty Shades, neither of those are my cup of tea. But I very much agree with your post. Anything that gets people reading again is a good thing. I tell all of my non-reading friends that all it takes is one book to get them hooked. I have seen that proven time-and-time again. My bestie HATED reading while we were growing up. Then when we were in college, I started read a Nora Roberts book and she picked it up after me and now she rivals me with how much she reads.

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  8. I absolutely read Twilight (another who swore I wouldn't). It's definitely not good literature. But then, many things readers enjoy reading aren't. There are plenty of 'fluffy' books that we read just because they are fun or compelling. Sometimes we need that in between our classics that are a little (lot.. ) more drawn out. :) hehe I haven't read them again, not sure if I would. But I enjoy watching the movies from time to time. The first one is SO bad, which now is part of why I love it. It's just SO bad! I did appreciate how the movies gave me a new take on the text though. For example New Moon was my least favorite book, and maybe my favorite movie. I have friends who were that way with Eclipse. Thanks for writing this post because it is totally ok to like things that are not masterpieces! And that is the best point EVER that if it gets people to read then it is wonderful! I'm a little book-burnt-out... so maybe I need something ridiculous like that to pull me out. ;) And I agree, kids should be able to read whatever they are interested in (though not 50 shades.. lol). XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  9. I agree with you 1000 percent. I hope that if I have kids, I will allow them to read what they want. My mom always forbid me from reading Goosebumps as a kid, but I just read it at my dad's house :).

    Funny Twilight story (I have read them, yes they were good the first time, but the plot sucks) - I was really sick while I was reading Breaking Dawn, and I puked all over it and kinda on my cat. I felt really bad about the cat. And bad about the book, because I was borrowing it from the bookstore I worked at, so I had to buy it after that.

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  10. I thought the Twilight Series was great. I started reading them after I saw the first movie. I haven't seen all the movies but I did enjoy the books.

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  11. I'm the same with reading-first read a ton of Babysitter's Club, then Sweet Valley High. When I was home, I always had my nose in a book! I read Twilight when I was 16-18, and I liked it then, but I had still noticed the flaws even at that point. I wouldn't read it again now because I'm afraid that I would hate it.

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  12. I read the twilight books before the movies ever started production...that kind of reading has always been like a guilty pleasure for me, and there's nothing wrong with that. I've read a large variety of books my whole life, and while they have influenced me I don't think I ever idolized any of the characters or ended up like them. If it gets people reading it's a positive thing...much better than watching all the crap we have on tv in my opinion.

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  13. I like the twilight books. LOVED them? No. But liked them. People who think one book is going to inspire a reader to model their life after it are delusional. I LOVED Harry Potter, but I'm not going to try to be a 12-year-old boy, for crying out loud. It's a story. I like stories. I get to be other people, try out different adventures, survive zombie apocalypses, and fall in love a thousand times. The people who fear books and their messages missed the entire point of reading in the first place.

    And if your kid is someone who can be swayed to become a fictional character (like those girls who tried to murder their friend based on impressing a fictional internet character) then your children have far more serious problems than reading the wrong book.

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  14. I kind of agree. I'm all for anything that teaches kids (or really, tweens/teens, because that's where I feel like it falls off) to *love* reading, and just really enjoy a book. Because the hope, for me, is that by learning how much enjoyment can be derived from reading, the kid will go and seek other books in other genres that present other ideas and experiences and cultures and love them too.

    I read Twilight in college. I picked it up after all the books were published because everyone I know had read them, and I was on break between semesters and wanted something light and easy (I'd just finished a semester with 4 reading-intensive courses including medieval lit and Shakespeare) that I wouldn't have to think about too much. And I definitely enjoyed them all on first read. But you're right, they don't hold up. On future readings I noticed all-too-easily how sorely misguided and poorly developed so much of the books were and honestly it wasn't long before everything about it — the cheesy plot, the horrid writing, the redundancy, the lazy storytelling — kind of grossed me out.

    As for the last point, I would let my hypothetical daughter read Twilight too, if she wanted. I'd probably let her read anything she wanted, because I think censorship is horrendous and exposure to the realities of life and ideas is paramount to becoming a good citizen. And mostly because I hope never to raise a daughter who lets one shitty book have significant negative impact on her character or worldview or encourage her to be any less of a woman than I will teach her she is capable of being.

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  15. I've read Twilight series and it was OK for me, unlike the movie:P I would support my children to read as much as they want and whatever they want:)

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  16. Loved reading Twilight in my early twenties! And I still watch the movies every now and then even though the acting is horrible! I totally agree with you - they are totally fluff books with not the greatest message to young girls, but not a reason not to let your daughter read them!

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  17. I have not read the Twilight books and don't plan on it. However, my feelings on books are, just because they're not for me doesn't mean they're not for everyone and if it's getting people reading, then bring it on. I'm sure there are people who hate what I like to read but that's why there's all that variety.

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  18. I'm definitely over this series now (like most people) BUT when I read the series when it first came out I really liked it and I saw all of the movies. I haven't re-read them and I don't think I will but I can't deny that I really liked these books at one point. :) No shame, at least in my opinion!! HP though, yeah the series is probably top 3 best ever and I re-read those tons of times....

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    1. And yes, book before movie every single time!! Haha

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  19. Twilight is definitely not a great literary work; however, I remember it being sort of guilty pleasure fun. And if it gets kids reading again, kudos! Anything to get them off video games and cell phones :)

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  20. I love Twilight. I loved the books. I loved the movies. I'm not ashamed to admit it.

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  21. I haven't read twilight but I did see the movies. I am not really into the whole vampire of divergent books but I do love to read. i think anything that gets you reading is okay in my book! Get it! Bwahaha!

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  22. Did you see when they put out Romeo & Juiliet, P&P, and Wuthering Heights with Twilight-esque covers? When I first saw them I was horrified, but the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea. By making these amazing love stories look like books that Teens already obsessed over, they become much more accessible.
    I don't completely loathe 50 Shades for the same reason. Anything that serves as a gateway drug to more books can't be completely awful. ;)

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  23. I agree - Twilight was a quick, easy read. Same thing with the Hunger Games. Quick, easy and fun. The Twilight movies on the other hand... Not my thing! The Hunger Games movies are totally my jam though, but mostly because I have a girl crush on JLaw.

    Anyway, you're right! These are good, entertaining books but there is so, so much better out there.

    And I've determined that your love for P & P mimics my love for Fried Green Tomatoes (the book AND the movie)!

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  24. This post is on point! My goodness I just re fell in love with you again. When I picked up twilight I couldn't put it down and I fell in love and finished the series in less than a week. When the movies first came out I loved them, I went to the midnight premier of the second one because it was my favorite book. It wasn't until I watched the first one for the second time I realized how flawed the entire thing was. I didn't want to hate the series so I tried rereading them, I didn't last half way through the first book before it was all ruined. Like you, it will always have a place in my heart, but never again. I love rereading books, for instance I've read Harry Potter 3 times...yup 3 times, I have watched the movies countless times, and I will always love them. Now for 50 Shades...stay away, I didn't even finish the second chapter because it was so bad, the grammar, spelling, the story. I didn't care for them one bit, it was all a flaw to me. But as you stated if it gets people reading, than so be it!!

    -Mae @ http://raymond-rader.blogspot.com/

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  25. I haven't read Twilight, but I totally agree that sometimes it's ok to read things that aren't the greatest writing of all time, but that you just enjoy! Sometimes I read to escape, and sometimes I need to escape into a light, easy book that is just fun and relaxing! I love reading because whatever mood you are in, you can find a book to fit it!

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  26. I loved the Twilight books. When the movie came out, I made fun of everyone for being obsessed. One of my friends asked me to just try the first book and I got hooked! The movies aren't near as good as the book!

    LOVED BSC and SVH!!!!!!!!!

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    1. PS - Why cant you be closer? We could have a Twilgiht marathon this weekend :(

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  27. I LOVED the Twilight series. Even as an adult. I took my youth girls - who of course were RPaz giddy - to see the movies. Some people in our church FLIPPED OUT... really? #dumb #sodumb
    But I had a friend who never liked to read & then she kept hearing her younger sister talk about them so she read them & loved it - it made her become a reader.
    My parents instilled reading in me my whole life - I have books from the time I was able to walk... I can't imagine life without books... even ones about vampires & werewolves :)

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  28. I loved the first book and progressively hated the rest. I saw the first movie and absolutely loathed it, never saw any of the others.

    I can never fully hate a book that causes a reading explosion even when it's not a genre I typically enjoy.

    There are shows I don't like to watch and books I don't like to read. It's cool if other people like them! I hate book snobs.

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  29. When I was really young I read ALL the time and then just like you I fell out of it! I picked it up again after college and have really tried to read at least 12 books a year...not much but it's something!! Fun fact...Ashley (Alice Cullen) and I went to high school together...we were all in the same group at school and did all the dances and stuff together LOL.

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  30. I think any book or series that got you back into reading is a pretty good one- regardless of what it is! I think I read the first book in the series and didn't mind it, but I'm not really big into fantasy so I didn't ever read the rest. Loved all your thoughtfulness in this post!

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  31. I totally use to read Sweet Valley High and Babysitters club......oh and RL Stine books.....like how are those kid appropriate at all? I didn't want to like the Twilight series but I did ;)

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  32. A lot of these books and series (Twilight, Fifty Shades, Harry Potter, Divergent) are genres completely out of my norm. Sometimes, I'll break down and give them a try to see what all the fuss is about. Like you, I didn't hate the Twilight series. But, if I was going to break down and read about vampires, I'm told I should have read the Sookie Stackhouse books (that True Blood is based on). One vampire/werewolf series is enough for me.

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  33. I toootally agree with you on Twilight. I read the whole series and I enjoyed it. There. I said it. Did I think it was the best ever and everyone should read it? No. But it was fun, and sometimes I just like my hobbies to be fun and fluffy and not deep and meaningful. Kind of like my blog. :)

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  34. Twilight isn't my jam. I'm not into the whole vampire scene and whatnot in general. The books I read aren't even always that great - sometimes they're JUST entertainment - but I just don't have any draw to read Twilight. You're starting to wear me down into wanting to read Price and Prejudice though! :)

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  35. I was a BSC reader and I am totally with you on the anti-Bandwagon thing! That pretty much describes me in regards to most popular things (with the exception of some music (don't judge me for loving Timber, plskthx)). I actually enjoyed the ease of reading Twilight and Harry Potter, in the mabillion years after the craze ended when I actually read them. I watched the movies after reading both series and I honestly enjoyed both the books and the movies. Sometimes, I don't want the challenge, I just want to be entertained.

    As for 50SoG, I never read it. I did read the chapter by chapter reviews by The Snark Squad (www.snarksquad.com), which were completely awesome. That was enough for me.

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  36. I was very much against reading this series, but my sister insisted on it. I remember hiding it on the plane ride home so no one could see what I was reading. I liked it but kind of ruined the whole vampire craze for me. When I first stared reading this post I started thinking "I wonder if Kristen likes Harry potter, I don't think I've seen it mentioned." Then I read on and sure enough, you do!

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  37. NO and I haven't seen the movies - vampires aren't my thing. I have lots of friends who love the Twilight series and read, re-read, watch the movies, obsess.....
    I think the only time I ever quit reading was after we had our first baby - I thought I was supposed to spend every second being "mom." Then I read somewhere that it is good for kids (even very young ones) to see their parents reading and I jumped right back into reading. Both of my boys are huge readers which makes me happy!!!

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  38. I read Twilight but couldn't make it through the 4th book. I gave up after that. I agree with you, anything that gets someone reading again is a good thing!

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  39. I had a book in my hand from the time I could read. I remember going to dinners with my mom and her girlfriends and as long as I had a book in my hand, I was a happy camper!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  40. I read Twilight - it was the perfect read while I was working in college. I had a job as a telefundraiser, so I had to be able to drop whatever I was reading any second when someone actually picked up the phone. I always described the book as a bit brainless... it's like a less well-written Harry Potter. Now the movies... those are really, really awful.

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  41. Hmm, you have some really great points. It is good to read just for the sake of reading and whatever suits a person fancy. I have so many problems with this book but mostly it's the obsessiveness of the relationship. I do think young tweens are vulnerable to thinking it's normal but just cause they read a book doesn't mean they'll end up in an unhealthy relationship. I didn't love the books for all those flaws, but I think you're right.

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  42. I've always loved to read too, and read all kinds of books when I was young. I read things that were not in my age group, and I don't think it damaged me too much :) I read Twilight but just found it a bit too immature, I just didn't like the characters. One of my favorite vampire books is the Historian.

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  43. I'm telling you, you are my reading soulmate! Haha. I loved Sweet Valley High and the Babysitter's Club. I even recently re-read one of my Sweet Valley High books just for kicks and a stroll down memory lane. :)

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  44. I am not a fan of Twilight, but I absolutely believe that if a book gets someone interested in reading that's a great thing. Though I wouldn't have been mad if you'd just stuck with P&P forever ;)
    ~Gianni~

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  45. I actually enjoyed the books quite a bit. They drew me in. I didnt hate on them like others.... the movies were meh but the books I loved!

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  46. Oh Twilight. My best friend was obsessed at the same time, right before the first movie came out. I wasn't interested, but she really wanted me to so I gave it a go. I don't think I've ever been so frustrated with a book before. I wanted to throw it across the room, grab a pen and paper and rewrite it properly. I can't stand Bella. Worst role model ever. That being said I did keep reading (and actually read through them quickly). Book two was horrible, I couldn't stand her total depression over a stupid boy. I made it to the 4th book when I just couldn't do it anymore. I stopped half way through and never looked back.

    I only saw the first movie, which was horrible, but I thought better than the book, because at least the movie had some action in it.

    I do agree that it's a good thing that it gets kids reading. I would let me kids read them one day if they wanted to. Then I would sit them down and analyze why Bella is a terrible role model. lol

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