That Bites: 'Twilight' Series Ranks High on List of Books Criticized by Parents, Educators

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Just a typical love story of girl-meets-vampire. Credit: Summit Entertainment


It isn't easy loving a vampire.

"Twilight" fans, or Twihards, can relate to vampire-loving human Bella now that Stephenie Meyer's series has landed at No. 5 on the American Library Association's list of the top 10 most frequently challenged books.

According to the ALA, a challenge is a "formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness," USA Today reports.

Why is the 'Twilight' series targeted? In addition to sexual content, an ALA official also thinks supernatural story lines draw complaints, USA Today reports.

"Vampire novels have been a target for years and the 'Twilight' books are so immensely popular that a lot of the concerns people have had about vampires are focused on her books," says Barbara Jones, director of the association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

The "Twilight" series is sandwiched between the iconic tomes "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee and J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye," so it's not exactly in bad company. Plus, much like Bella, we doubt tween girls (or their moms) will be giving up Edward (or Jacob) anytime soon.

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