Twilight Joins "Challenged Books" List
Posted on Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:15 PM PDT

twilight200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The American Library Association has added the Twilight series to the annual report of "challenged books." The vampire novels created by Stephanie Meyer rank #5 on this list that already includes J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.

The "challenged books" list is compilation of books that are the most complained about by parents and educators. The ALA defines a challenge as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” Twilight books have been criticized for their sexual content, as well as teen romance and violence.

Barbara Jones, director of the association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, had this to say: “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."

Other books that have been included on the list: The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple and The Chocolate War.

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