I'm writing this post because a new anti-Twilight argument has come to my attention.
The Argument: Twilight fans are physically harming people who profess a distaste for Twilight. Apparently an incident occurred (though I can find no actual news report of it, only blogs) where a girl tried to shoot another girl with a flare gun for not liking Twilight.
Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon because he believed that The Catcher in the Rye told him to. Was this, in ANY WAY, the fault of the book or it's author? Or was it the fault of an already mentally ill PERSON?
There is nothing different about Twilight than any of a thousand fantasy books marketed toward teens apart from the fact that a large number of people like it. When a large number of people like something, this by sheer mathematics, increases the odds that some mentally ill people are going to like it.
Making this argument is no different that saying that heavy metal music causes violence. It is, quite simply, ridiculous.