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Modern Sexism    (Continued)

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Take teen fiction. Many common themes and character traits run through the multitude of young adult novels that now populate bookstores and libraries. For example, Becca Fitzpatrick’s recently concluded Hush, Hush series, which details an angelic romance, is no exception. Patch, the main male character, openly stalks protagonist Nora and yet is seen as sexy rather than creepy. Sound familiar? I think a certain brooding vampire would like his modus operandi back, Patch.
Yes, the rampantly trendy vampire series, Twilight, could be seen as the catalyst that brought all these worrisome themes to the forefront. It’s no secret that paranormal romance became mainstream after these books took off, and it doesn’t take much sleuthing to discover that most of the motifs now found in most teen fiction books—at least those aimed at girls—are present here.

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