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We watched the first two Twilight movies. Kathy borrowed the DVDs from one of the teens she tutors.

Just for fun, during the summer months, Kathy sometimes combines a tutoring session with a movie outing. Her gang of preteen students wanted to see to the new pg-13 Twilight movie. Kathy was uncertain about its appropriateness for the youngsters, although the parents had already approved, and the kids had already seen the earlier two movies. So we watched.

The movies weren't very good. I found them boring. There with lots of 'ho hum' places where the action or dialog really bogged down. The theme for both movies was self-destruction and suicide. Suicide is a topic I don't care for in a movie, and a topic I don't consider appropriate for young folk. The first words of the first movie discusses giving one life for the love of another, and the story goes downhill from there. There were scenes of unnecessary teenage angst, dishonesty to friends and parents, depression, and intentional extreme risk taking, all while enacting a self-destroying love affair. In the two Twilight movies, we heard the main protagonists frequently discuss suicide and we watched both characters barely survive attempted suicides.

I'm glad we didn't pay to see the movies.
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On July 11th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC), le_starboard commented:
Wow. When you word it like that it DOES seem like terrible movies for kids to watch! The characters are very dramatic, but I remember being an angst-filled teenaged girl and those movies are kind of like what it was like in my head, haha. Just dramatic and over the top and passionate and silly. But at the time I thought I was very serious indeed.

I really don't believe that movies have the power to shape minds so much as people say... so I don't think it's going to hurt young girls to read/watch Twilight because it seems to advocate unhealthy relationships. I know that's one of the big criticisms of the series. I think we are a lot more shaped by how we see our parents and other adults in our life act than any book or movie. I just see the movies as silly fun.. and eye candy for some of us ladies =)

You know I remember being 14 or so and having to read another very over the top dramatic love story that involved suicide.. oh yeah.. Romeo and Juliet ;)
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On July 12th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC), 7ony replied:
Remember that the reason we watched the two movies was to judge the suitability of the third movie for pre-teens. The oldest of this particular group of Kathy's students is almost 10. The rest are younger, by as much as a couple of years. Only one, the oldest, is a girl. I would consider the kids too young for R&J, too.

I can remember considerable angst during my teen years. I consider myself lucky to have survived them :-) I might have even enjoyed watching Twilight way back then!

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On July 11th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC), reify commented:
I'm kind of on board with that. Also, consider what sort of love triangle is going on in the second movie. I think that vampirism and lycanthropy in Twilight can be read as romanticized alcoholism (or other addiction) and anger, forms of abuse. Remember the scene in New Moon in the wolf house where we meet the quiet woman with scars on her face?
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On July 12th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC), 7ony replied:
Spousal abuse from uncontrolled anger? About then in the movie, I asked Kathy where the she-werewolves were. Seems like there should be some.
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