When I was still in my teens, I had a few boyfriends before I found my guy-for-life. And I still remember what my grandma used to say, after asking me about the latest. "As long as he's nice to you."
Truer words were never spoken. I was lucky enough to find my gentleman, and have been married to him for fifteen years.
But I still remember how blurry that dating time was. How difficult it was to define that "nice," and how blurry the line to "not nice."
On Alice's CWIM blog, guest-blogger Sarah Raasch has some incredibly smart things to say about Twilight, and what a bad example beloved Edward is: emotionally abusive, controlling, with stalker-qualities. Ugh. I know what my grandma would say about that guy.
Which brings me to this question: what responsibility does the writer have in the message of their books? Especially in YA...
Is it okay for girls to aspire to this Edward-type boyfriend?