“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” opened to an unbelievable $140.7 million this weekend with 80 percent of its audience women and half under the age of 21.
Based on the second book in the popular series by Stephanie Meyer, “New Moon” is rated PG-13 for violence and action. But according to a recent CNN story many mothers are worried about something else in the film.
“It’s the all-consuming obsession that the main character Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, has for Pattinson’s vampire Edward Cullen. For parents who want to raise self-confident girls who first and foremost love themselves, it is hard for them to stomach 18-year-old Bella’s all-encompassing and self-destructive passion for Edward.”
“In the second installment of the series, Edward leaves Bella because he believes she is better off without him in her life. Bella is heartbroken, but discovers that the supernatural Edward appears before her when she is doing something dangerous or harmful to herself. This leads Bella to attempt cliff diving and dangerous motorcycle stunts that endanger her life.”
” ‘This ‘I will do absolutely anything and everything for another person’ is not a good image for young girls,’ Kimberly Noe, mother of an 11-year-old daughter said. ‘I don’t want my daughter to believe that she should do anything just to be liked by a boy and at the end of the day I’m going to have to explore with her what her conclusions about Bella are before I let her see the film — but she will not be seeing it in the theaters.’ “
I haven’t read the books or seen the movies but I do have friends dealing with this issue. They are definitely concerned about the impressions their tween daughters take away from the book about love and sex and are previewing the material and having lots of discussions afterward.
I think it’s hard when the books get more questionable as you go along. “Twilight” seems similar to the “Harry Potter” books. I’m OK with my third-grader reading the first three Potter books but the last ones get pretty dark and I’m not sure she’s ready for them.
What do you think: Are you concerned with the lessons of how to get a man and self-esteem shown in “New Moon”? Do you think the movies make a bigger impression on our young girls than the books do – seeing it is stronger than reading it? Are you having discussions with them about “this is now how you get a guy?” Are there parts of the books/movies that worry you? Which parts?