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Stephenie Meyer's Twilight on challenged book list

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight on challenged book list

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series has joined Harry Potter, gay penguins and Holden Caulfield on the list of books that are most often challenged at U.S. libraries. According to the Associated Press, "Twilight" was ranked #5 on the annual report of "challenged books" by the American Library Association.

Little wonder that Meyer's novels, which include scenes of supernatural violence -- not to mention vampire-human interbreeding -- would upset some parents. But I've been amazed that so many moms and other older women have become hooked on the series too.

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Topping the ALA's 2009 chart was Lauren Myracle's "IM" series, novels told through instant messages that have been criticized for nudity, language and drug references, the AP said. Last year's #1, "And Tango Makes Three," is now #2, cited again for its story about two male penguins adopting a baby. Also cited were such perennials as "The Catcher in the Rye," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Color Purple."

Thankfully, though, there aren't a lot of self-appointed censors. The ALA recorded 460 challenges in 2009, a drop from 513 the year before, and 81 books actually being removed. Not bad, considering there are 122,566 libraries across the nation, accoding to the ALA.

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