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    Help my kids not read "Twilight"

    As some of you might know, I do outreach work with kids.

    I've done a lot of referrals to schools in my city who've given my families discounts. Some go to my mma school, some to the excellent Worcester Judo, and sadly, some go to a local tkd or Ed Parker's Kenpo school(in all fairness they were young kids and they did give really good deals)

    Anyway, I'm looking for martial arts related biographies and/or young adult novels.

    I got one of my kids "Vision Quest" and she loved it, but I really haven't found anything else out there in the way or reading materials.

    Any suggestions or reviews of books would really help!

    They will not be reading any Matt Hughes.

    #2
    Just take them to the science fiction zone in any book store. There are war-hammer novels, comic books, star-craft novels, mangas, it goes on. You'd be surprised how finding out Batman knowing a ton of martial arts will inspire a kid to follow suit.

    On another note, why would you want them to not read something? I don't see anything wrong with Twilight really. It's a fantasy setting that people in school can like, and it stimulates imagination. I'm sure that you as an adult can find better and useful things to do, but its different with young adults (I am one myself). There are also morals learned in Twilight. Edwards refusal to have sex with the protagonist, Jacob being "Wild" but and the protagonists struggle to not wander off into reckless decisions with him, the dire consequences of having a baby, acceptance of other kinds of people, etc.

    In all honesty I think you need to quit trying to steer reading in one direction, and just promote reading period. So that it becomes a hobby and they pick interesting things on their own. Then again I am 22, I live at home with my mom, I'm poor, and I don't know shit.

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      #3
      Originally posted by shotfghter View Post
      Just take them to the science fiction zone in any book store. There are war-hammer novels, comic books, star-craft novels, mangas, it goes on. You'd be surprised how finding out Batman knowing a ton of martial arts will inspire a kid to follow suit.

      On another note, why would you want them to not read something? I don't see anything wrong with Twilight really. It's a fantasy setting that people in school can like, and it stimulates imagination. I'm sure that you as an adult can find better and useful things to do, but its different with young adults (I am one myself). There are also morals learned in Twilight. Edwards refusal to have sex with the protagonist, Jacob being "Wild" but and the protagonists struggle to not wander off into reckless decisions with him, the dire consequences of having a baby, acceptance of other kinds of people, etc.

      In all honesty I think you need to quit trying to steer reading in one direction, and just promote reading period. So that it becomes a hobby and they pick interesting things on their own. Then again I am 22, I live at home with my mom, I'm poor, and I don't know shit.
      I cant believe you just lost your shit over "Twilight". I am 29 and have worked with kids since I was 22.

      Thanks for crapping up my post you jackass.

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        #4
        Anyway, I'm looking for martial arts related biographies and/or young adult novels.
        Science fiction, Twilight, Comic books, are all Young adult novels.

        I didn't "lose my shit", and I never denied your experience or stated you don't know what you are doing. I simply stated my opinion, and you obviously don't like it. Relax Buddy, I'm simply trying to be friendly.

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          #5
          American Shaolin.

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            #6
            I'm not exactly sure what age range you're looking for, but an obvious one for me would be The Hobbit or Lord of The Rings. Both pretty awesome and not overly intimidating I think, especially The Hobbit. For any kids who might be into the fantasy realm I would definitely steer them that way instead of Twilight or whatever. I personally also always loved the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was a kid, made me feel smart for some reason (despite all the obvious evidence to the contrary).

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              #7
              Dune.

              Uh if you're looking for more general young adult books I can't recommend the Mortal Engines series enough.

              If you're looking for general scifi reccomendations, here's my list.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Hedgehogey View Post
                Dune.
                THIS!!!



                Also, Twilight contains wonderful examples of an abusive relationship.

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                  #9
                  I skipped the Young Adult stuff entirely and went to adult level science fiction and fantasy when I was in the 3rd grade. There are much better options if you just go to that. A lot of "young adult fiction" is major crap. If they read a book and have to learn new words, that's a good thing, in my opinion.
                  I started out with Alan Dean Foster. Some of his older stuff is especially good. It can be quite entertaining.

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                    #10
                    check out the Ashida Kim porn series and various other publications written by the guy who knows nothing about everything.

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                      #11
                      Yeah, just take them to a bookstore.

                      You can look around for 60 seconds tops and find a book 5x better than Twilight, bare minimum.

                      To clarify, though: I do not discourage children reading Twilight for its themes. I've advocated reading books with worse subject matter. Twilight is just so badly written. It's awful. As a writer, it makes my fingers bleed in shame how badly that fat bitch writes.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Tom .C View Post
                        check out the Ashida Kim porn series and various other publications written by the guy who knows nothing about everything.
                        This is the gentleman you should be angry with lol.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by shotfghter View Post
                          This is the gentleman you should be angry with lol.
                          You to for thinking teens can even afford comic books.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by It is Fake View Post
                            You to for thinking teens can even afford comic books.
                            I used to buy comics for a dollar. I guess they're pretty expensive now.

                            Can teens afford anything? Don't their parents buy them everything?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by It is Fake View Post
                              You to for thinking teens can even afford comic books.
                              They probably could if the rent wasn't so damn high!!

                              Anyways, young people reading ANYTHING is a miracle these days. With all the junk food for the brain (computer, TV, video games) available these days, I'd let my kids read anything short of Penthouse.

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