While millions of teens are enthralled with Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight book series, parents and educators are not amused by the famed vampire romance between Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. As a result, the American Library Association ranked Twilight high on the list of the most complained about books.
Stephenie’s multimillion-selling series was ranked #5 on the annual report of “challenged books,” released today by the American Library Association, the Associated Press reports.
The author’s saga of vampires and teen romance has been criticized and deemed inappropriate for sexual content — an ironic critique given Stephenie’s Mormon background and the theme of abstinence carried out in the novels up until the last book.
The ALA also feels the supernatural elements in Twilight reflect a general sense of uneasiness.
“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,” said Barbara Jones, director of the association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
J.K. Rowling‘s popular Harry Potter series has also been the subject of opposition from Christian groups for years who have protested the themes of wizardry and has landed on the most “challenged books” list.
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.”