Fans are rabid for the Twilight series. The books are best sellers and the Twilight sequel New Moon broke records at the box office last year. Wednesday, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland used the vampire romance as a teaching tool for teenagers.
"It's a love story that pretty much any teenage girl would want," says 16-year-old Nikki Good who has read all four books and seen both movies. The high school junior got hooked on the love story between Bella and Edward. "She's just your typical teenage girl and he's the guy that every girl dreams of. I'm a huge fan," she says.
"Fantasy and reality kinda mix a little bit, but a lot of the things that happen in the books could happen in real life and do happen," says health educator Jenn Morton. More than 30 teachers, social workers and other who work with youth discussed the series adult themes like identifying healthy and unhealthy relationships. "Really it's about adults being able to talk to those kids about those things and then impress their own values," says Morton.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will hold another training session just for parents. It is scheduled for June before the release of Eclipse, the latest movie in the series. For more information, call the Education and Resource Center at 1-800-874-2525.