Hunger Games and Twilight on Annual Banned Book List

According to the AP:

” Suzanne Collins didn’t expect everyone to approve of “The Hunger Games.”

“I’ve read in passing that people were concerned about the level of violence in the books,” Collins said of her dystopian trilogy that’s sold more than a million copies. “That’s not unreasonable. They are violent. It’s a war trilogy.”

In what’s become a virtual rite of passage for young adult sensations, a Collins novel has made its first appearance on the American Library Association’s annual top 10 list of books most criticized in their communities. “The Hunger Games,” the title work of Collins’ series about young people forced to hunt and kill each other on live television, has been cited for violence and sexual content. In recent years, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books and Stephenie Meyer’s vampire novels also have been on the association’s list.

“Hunger Games” ranked No. 5 this year and was joined Monday by Meyer’s “Twilight” (No. 10), which debuted on the list last year, and Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” winner in 2007 of the National Book Award for young people’s literature. Criticisms of Alexie’s novel include language, racism and sexual content.”

See more on the AP

Also visit the ALA site to see the history of book challenges

To quote our favorite slogan of the ALA, “Celebrate freedom: read a banned book!”

ABC Explores The History of Kissing in the Movies

You guessed it Twilight is in the montage.

Next Movie: Why Nothing Is the Next Twilight

twilight-booksThis is probably one of the best articles that we have read in a long time. Next Movie combines some serious analysis and a tongue-in-cheek approach to why nothing out there right now is “The Next Twilight” or for that matter “The Next Harry Potter”. Their Oprah and Zuckerberg comparison is spot on. In fact we’re going to use their quote the next time someone asks us that “Next Twilight” question.

“Hollywood is all about finding the next hot thing, whether that’s a script, an actor, a director, a genre (vampires anyone?) or the ultimate discovery, a lucrative film series.

The seven “Harry Potter” movies have so far netted over $6 billion, while the first three installments of “The Twilight Saga” have earned just under $1.8 billion. That’s nearing “Oprah” money, people! (As opposed to “Potter,” which is nearing “Zuckerberg” money… but we’d rather be Oprah.)…

It seems like every other week we’re hearing buzz about some book being adapted for the big screen that its producers hope can be “The next ‘Twilight.'” News flash, producers: There’s only, and will only ever be, one “Twilight.”

Check out the rest on Next Movie.

In our opinion, the biggest reason there isn’t a Next Twilight or Harry Potter yet, is that there is no book that has reached the epic level of midnight release and 1,000’s of people on line for an author signed copy of a book. Don’t get us wrong, things like The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments series have done well, but they aren’t at that Oprah and Zuckerberg level cited by Next Movie. Cassie Clare and Suzanne Collins can still walk the streets without press hounding them. When a book series hits that level of excitement ( and usually it takes 2-3 books for that to happen with more books in the series to come) then we will believe that we have “The Next Twilight”

Has Twilight Revamped the Vampire?

breaking_dawncoverThere’s a super article up on how Twilight changed the way we now look at vampires.

“Sparkling bodies aside, when Twilight came out, vampires were starting to be seen as something other than evil. They were tortured souls that didn’t ask for their fates. They were human beings that happened to be dead. They had feelings, loved ones, and a desire to be human again. Stephenie Meyer crossed a line that was never crossed before, if it was, it didn’t have the same impact as her story had. For the first time, a human fell in love with a monster… a conceptual Beauty and the Beast story, except this time the beast stays a beast. Bella had to learn to love Edward, though it wasn’t hard, and had to except him for the undead being that he was. In the same token, Edward had to take every bit of strength he had not to kill her.

Along with putting vampires in a better light, Twilight also paid homage to the werewolf, shape-shifter actually, showing that they were aggressive but very protective of family, friends, loved ones, and members of their tribe. Though werewolves could practically match the strengths of a vampire and could actually kill them, Twilight brought the two together by spinning a tale of love that was strong enough for them to risk their lives and work together.”

There’s some really good though here. Check it out on Suite 101

Twilight Novels Rank Among the Most Borrowed in the UK in 2010

According to The Guardian, the first four books in the Twilight Saga were among the 100 most borrowed library books in England in 2010. They decided to analyze why Twilight Saga books and others that made the list are so popular. Interesting concept, even if they seem slightly off in their Twilight description as being laced with crime.

“Trying to explain why the wartime British public were turning to “brutal and sordid” American crime novels, George Orwell suggested that pulp fiction offered “a distilled version of the modern political scene” in an era of “mass bombing of civilians, the use of hostages, torture [and] secret prisons”, and “systematic falsification of records and statistics”. The average man, he proposed, “wants the current troubles of the world to be translated into a simple story about individuals”.

Some such theory is needed, 65 years later, to account for the stunning appetite for evil evinced by people popping into their local libraries, as revealed again by the latest data released by Public Lending Right (PLR), covering the period from mid-2009 to mid-2010. Of the 100 most borrowed titles, close to two-thirds are crime novels or thrillers, including all the top 10, and others (such as Stephenie Meyer‘s crime-laden vampire romances) are in related genres.”

See more on The Guardian.

Twilight Wins MTV’s Love Triangle Poll

MTV’s Hollywood Crush pitted several YA series against each other in the category of Best Love Triangle. Here’s how MTV described Twilight:

“The Twilight Saga” by Stephenie Meyer
Perhaps the most famous (infamous?) YA love triangle of all, Jacob never really stood a chance (even with those abs) against Edward’s sparkling (hee hee!) personality. Bella only had eyes for one vampire and made the ultimate sacrifice to be with him forever. But, of course, Stephenie couldn’t leave Jacob all alone for eternity, so he imprinted on Bella’s daughter. Yep, we’re still scratching our heads too.”

Despite tough competition from series by Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, and others Twilight won.

The Psychology of Twilight and Harry Potter

twilight-booksThe Varsity has a piece up that essentially compares/contrasts Bella and Hermione as they fit into women’s roles in the modern era. There’s a lot of what might be termed “psycho-babble” going on in the article that reads somewhat like a research thesis. In the end it concludes:

“What Hermione does seem to represent is the struggles of being a modern woman. She has a feminine emotional range, and yet she finds a way to mediate between masculine and feminine, and grows up to have a successful career.

Bella represents a much more traditional woman, one who dedicates her life to her husband and child.

One thing that I hope modern feminists will concede is that both Bella and Hermione are better role models than, say, Miley Cyrus in the song, “Can’t Be Tamed.” That song is essentially the alpha-straight-male’s nightmare, isn’t it? Jane Goodall discovered that without the taming of unifying social structures, primates will rip each other to shreds. Human beings can be downright beastly. We need to be tamed to function in society. That’s why it’s only socially acceptable for us to bite each other during the “terrible twos.”

There are some interesting thoughts, if you can get through all the citations and clinical analysis.

Check it out here apparently it’s part 1 of an ongoing series.

Why Didn’t Twilight Get Filmed in Washington State or Forks?

We get asked this question all the time in our email and at the Twilight Conventions. Part of the reason is that Forks is so remote and small that the support services needed to house an entire filming crew for months weren’t there. The other part is that Washington State doesn’t make it easy on filming company’s budgets. The more a company has to pay to be at a certain location, the less money they have for post-production things like CGI, 3-D, etc.

The Northwest News has an comparison in incentives in the Pacfic Northwest. The numbers really speak for themselves. Washington is losing money to Oregon and British Columbia (AKA Vancouver) because they aren’t keeping pace.

“BC [British Columbia]set aside $40 million in incentives for 2011. Oregon may give away up to $12.5 million. Washington is only scheduled to provide $4 million in incentives.

British Columbia appears to be getting a significant bang for its buck. There were 239 film and television productions in BC in 2009, and Washington only had 14.
“We need to keep our vampires, our Washington state vampires,” says Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, about the movie “Twilight.”  The 2008 movie, based in Forks, was shot largely in Oregon and BC.”
Check out the full story on Northwest News.
So why did much of breaking Dawn film in Louisiana? Answer: great money incentives and a fantastic facility in the Celtic Media Center.

Twilight Makes CNN’s Most Iconic Movie Kisses

CNN has a list of what they consider to be the most iconic movie kisses. There are some oldies like Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable and Scarlett and Rhett from Gone With the Wind to modern ones like Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic.


Even the most diehard members of Team Jacob can’t deny the romantic power of Bella and Edward’s first kiss. Kristen Stewart — who’s almost uniformly closemouthed about her off-screen relationship with costar Robert Pattinson — did offer “I get to kiss Edward Cullen,” when asked to name a few of her favorite things about the gig.”

Check out the entire list here.

Reelz Channel: Top Ten Movie Franchises

Reelz Channel has a poll up to determine the top ten movie franchises of all time.

Head over to Reelz Channel and get Twilight up in the chart!