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  Lessons Learned from the Twilight Saga

The Twilight Book series has been a huge Young Adult best seller in recent years. The movies Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse were blockbusters. Breaking Dawn is coming out in TWO parts, the first to hit theaters 11/18/11. What lessons are teens and other readers learning from the Twilight Saga? Here is one man's opinion. See if you agree or not!
 
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Twilight Saga: Lessons Learned

by Kenny Crane   4/11/11

The Twilight book series was written by Stephenie Meyer and consists of "Twilight", "New Moon", "Elcipse", "Breaking Dawn" and the novella "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner." It was marketed successfully to a Young Adult audience and is now in the process of being recreated in a series of blockbuster movies. The Twilight Saga is the story of 17 year old human Bella Swan, vampire Edward Cullen who looks 17 but was born on June 20, 1901, and teen werewolf Jacob Black. You can read a review of the Twilight book here and look here for a review of the Twilight movie. In my opinion, there are certain lessons, good and bad, that can be learned from the Twilight Saga. Here are 5 lessons from Twilight. See if you agree or disagree with my analysis.

1. Don't be Ageist - Good
Everyone knows not to prejudge someone just because they have a different skin color, religion or sexual preference. But one thing that is still common is for people to make certain assumptions based on a person's age. Would you not talk to someone simply because they look to be 20 years older or younger than you? It is possible to be friends with a much older or younger person and the relationship could even be romantic. Granted, Bella sees Edward as a peer due to his appearance. But even when she learns he is much older and very different from her, she is not afraid of their developing relationship. So don't automatically reject a person just because of their age.

2. Chemistry will keep you together - Bad
Bella is an average looking klutz and Edward is a magnificently handsome introvert yet they have chemistry from their very first meeting. What do they see in each other? Edward is one of the most attractive men on the planet, so Bella's attraction is understandable. And Bella's literal chemistry, her blood, is nearly irresistable to Edward. But what will they talk about as they get older? Do they really have a lot in common? Edward is over 100 years old! Bella doesn't have any real interests that she is passionate about. When a girl is no longer pretty and a guy is no longer strong, they better have a lot to talk about because that's all that's left in the end. Luckily for Edward and Bella - they will never grow old. The rest of us aren't that fortunate! So develop your romantic relationships, don't just rely on chemistry.

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3. No Sex before marriage - Depends
The Twilight series is aimed at Young Adults. The religious right wants their kids to abstain from sex before marriage and the starring couple do that. This fact might account for why overprotective parents who were against Harry Potter's wizardry and magic could rationalize letting their kids read about Vampires and Werewolves. Although Bella wanted to, Edward was an old school Gentleman who believed in the proper way to court and protected her honor. On the other hand, there is the concept that it is okay to have some sex before marriage to see if two people are physically compatible. But looking back at item 2, their physical compatibility wasn't really in doubt. The books do point out the dangers of a sexual relationship although with Bella and Edward, it is a special case - Edward could kill Bella if he loses control. In the real world - sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy and possible rejection with someone you gave your heart and soul to - are things to consider. So don't have sex until it's the right time for you, and be prepared!

4. Don't talk to your parents - Bad
Bella moves away from her mom to live with her dad. Bella doesn't say much to her mom in her emails and she doesn't have much dialog with her dad in person. Like all teens, she is more interested in her peers than her parents. But parents can be a source of unconditional love and support. In real life, we don't have super-human friends to protect us in a time of crisis. We need to build a good relationship with our family members. So talk to your parents about what is going on in your life.

5. It hurts to lose someone - Good
When Edward left Bella, she was devastated. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer depicted this with many blank pages. Bella felt her life was empty without Edward. Before the blank pages, we read of how hard is it for Bella to go on without her love. Although life goes on when we lose someone, and Bella eventually does find a way forward, she is still not the same and always has Edward on her mind. Loved ones will leave you, for various reasons, and we must remember that while they are around, we should love and cherish every moment together. So don't take loved ones for granted!

Are you a TwiHard, a dedicated Twilight fan? How do you keep up to date with the latest Twilight News and Gossip? You can search Twitter for all the book titles and see what the buzz is. You can Google the book titles for the latest news. Or you can just visit TwitterTwilight and see all the latest Twilight Tweets from Twitter and News from Google and Yahoo! Also see the latest Videos from the Official Twilight YouTube channel and grab some Twilight Posters and T-shirts. Check it out! Go now to TwitterTwilight. :-)

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