I was talking to a friend of mine this morning about Stephanie Meyer's books since the movie, New Moon, is coming out this weekend. She told me how disappointed she was in Stephani, who's LDS, that she would write books that were, in her opinion, "inappropriate" for teens.
Now, I'm not going to get into whether I agree with that or not. The thing it made me think about is that I'm a Mormon who writes for the world at large and not just for my church, and what will people think of my stories?
How much romance is too much for tweens and teens? How graphic is too graphic? Everyone's opinion is different. I have a lady in my church who wouldn't even let her kids read Harry Potter because it "glorified" magic. Uggg. My books are filled with magic. How will I be talked about? Do I really care what people think of me? Of course. We all do to some degree. Does it stop me from writing my stories? No, but it also makes me wonder how I'll be judged.
Everyone has a different degree to how far they'll go when they write. Some people push the envelope. Is that wrong? In most ways, I don't think so, but my husband thinks I'm a left wing liberal anyway. *snort*
This is what I think. Read the books your kids want to read first. See the movies they want to see first. You are the parent and if you think the book or movie is inappropriate, don't let them read or see it until they're adults. Don't complain that your kids are reading "bad" books. Because as parents, YOU are in charge and are the only one to blame if you allow your kids to read things you don't approve of. Now I'll get off my soap box.