As much as it pains me to even mention this subject again on here so soon, this story just begged for a good blogging.
While I have my issues with Deseret Book and some of the products they insist on carrying (as well as some of the products they have historically refused to carry, for inexplicable or ridiculous reasoning), it seems, at least in my view, they've finally done something right: According to this article in the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret Book has pulled all Twilight books off the shelves (and even their website!), indicating that these books will only be available by special order. Rumors naturally abound, including some that intimate that SM stole the idea from a former roommate years ago and that she's facing a lawsuit, but she debunks the suing rumor on her blog. Personally, I think DB just finally realized the books have adult content aimed at a teeny-bopper demographic and that they're peddling smutty, alluring, mediocre romance novels. I think it's a little shameful if any of them are hiding behind a ruse of legalities. Just stick up for the standards which your institution is supposed to espouse in the first place and call a spade a spade!
Now and then the universe seems to make sense.
I can't help but feel my opinion has been just the slightest bit validated.
UPDATE: The SL Trib website seems not to be featuring this as a main article anymore, so I decided to post the blurb just in case any further deletions from the website are made... Oh, the politics:
Deseret Book demotes 'Twilight'
Posted:04/22/2009 11:57 AM
By Ben Fulton
The Salt Lake Tribune
Twlight series author Stephenie Meyer broke with horror-novel tradition when she created vampire characters impervious to the sun.
Deseret Book, however, has decided that Meyer's best-selling vampire romance books will no longer see the light of day -- at least on the shelves of its chain stores. Customers may instead request Meyer's 2005 novel Twilight -- or its three companion volumes, New Moon , Eclipse and Breaking Dawn -- by special order for either store pick-up or delivery by mail.
"We're never really given a reason for these things," said Steve Hartvigsen, manager of the Deseret Book store at Valley Fair Mall. "We just get a return sheet and send books back."Owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the bulk of Deseret Book's business comes from the sale of religious titles. Meyer, who graduated from Brigham Young University after earning a bachelor's degree in English, is a member of the church.