Emily Skinner, an assistant professor at the College of Charleston who works in teacher education, says that Twilight provides an opportunity to get young girls interested in reading.
“In my dissertation research with seventh grade girls, I found that adolescent girls often prefer to read books that are “issue” driven,” Skinner says. “The ‘Twilight’ series is packed with issues about relationships, sacrifice, love, desire, emotional dependency, and sexual tension.”
Skinner believes it is important to recognize, validate and draw upon texts such as TWILIGHT that adolescents enjoy outside of school in the classroom in order to engage them in school-based literacy learning.
I’d add a that this engagement with students must include offering comparisons with other literature. My niece reread Twilight three times before she went to see the movie, and she’s read the other books in the series twice. It’s great that young people are reading, but they need to be encouraged to open their palate a little. Project number one for a teacher should be offering other books that students will like if they liked Twilight.
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