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LDS Church Pulls Twilight From Store Shelves

by Will on April 23, 2009 · 150 comments

in Stephenie Meyer

stephenie meyer  200904231419 LDS Church Pulls Twilight From Store Shelves Deseret Book, a book store owned by the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints, has pulled the Twilight Saga from store shelves as well as its website. The only response from the store is that the store is “meeting the needs of Deseret Book customers and the company’s purpose is to offer products that are embraced and expected by those customers”.

The Host, another book by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, is still on shelves.

LDS Church pulls ‘Twilight’ books from stores

  • Fred033

    Perhaps I could agree with you if they were telling the LDS population not to buy the books in general. But they are not. They are simply saying that they have gotten enough questionable feedback from their customers to warrent their being pulled form the shelves and not offered any more. Thats not supression or repression its free market values.

  • Erin

    They are a small book store with limited space. Just about everyone who want's Twilight has it. Deseret can't spare the room. The fact that they even carried it shows they aren't against the series.

  • sydney

    i know why they did that, but it frustrates me how people judge before they even know what twilight's all about!

  • http://www.newmoonmovie.org bella425edward4445

    ya so true hahahah WORLD DOMINATION baby hahahahaha :D

  • kellbe2

    Well, I'm LDS and I know a lot of LDS people (including my family members) that love Harry Potter too, along with Twilight, the church never said anything about banning them, they just didn't put them in their religious based book store that talks about religion. They put Twilight in there because Stephenie Meyer just happens to be LDS, it's nothing to freak about. I'm sure that they were just supporting her because many people have misconceptions about LDS people (Mormons as many say) and they were helping people to know that we aren't weird, a lot of people just make assumptions and hear what they want to hear.

  • Ryot

    THANK YOU for posting this! My mom is LDS and she's the one who turned me onto the series, and if you're familiar with Mormon doctorine, there's actually a fair amount that slips into Twilight — without being at all heavy or obvious — like denying the natural man and such.

    But the point is that Deseret is a *religious* bookstore, not an all-purpose book store. You go there to get a new set of scriptures or a copy of the hymn book to keep at home, not to pick up non-religious fiction.

    So thanks again for posting this, because I think it's really important that people not get the impression that Mormons in general or the church leadership specifically are against Twilight. That's so not the case. Deciding not to sell Twilight in a religious bookstore shouldn't surprise anyone at all.

  • Kellbe2

    I'm LDS and I know for a fact that our religion doesn't like that kind of attention, a lot of us are persecuted anyway, we don't need any more of that kind of recognition.

  • http://www.bebo.com/twilightfanadz cali

    yup agreed change the name! of the heading

  • keekster08

    im christian too and my mom yells at me whenever she sees them on my bookshelf (which is funny because they have been on my shelf for years and ive been a huge fan since the first book came out). she thinks they're evil and i tell her they're not and read them anyway. lol.

  • Chrystina

    Our local Deseret had a midnight party for the release of Breaking Dawn.. I thought that was weird… try not to read into it.. now if the first presidency came out and said not to read them, then we could have an interesting response on our hands.

  • Vicky

    come on now.. they are just books and to say they pull books that get mixed reviews is bs.. if they were as half as bad do you think parent would allow their pre-teen kids buy them.. this must have something to do with the story line, and if that is offensive to you get over it.. the books are awsome and it make a lot of girls and women, such as myself hope that one day we all find our Edward

  • I love New Moon

    >>What I find weird is, teens everywhere use drugs, and no one really tries to stop them..

    …but when theres teens reading books.. they have a hissy fit and take them away.

    I don't understand lol.

  • Cullengirl

    Well selling a popular YA book in a Religious book store is like selling Snickers in GNC store, lol. They have nothing against the series is just not a religious book.

  • twilover

    maybe you are right but who is to decide what is direct suppression and what is implied…..just something to think about

  • Casizzle

    lol I love it!

  • http://web.mac.com/ourworldteaches tweter76

    :)

  • max

    This blog post title is not politically correct.
    You can still buy the Twilight Series on the University Campus there in Provo. The school that Stephenie Meyer went to – BYU- the UNIVERSITY IS RUN and OPERATED by the LDS church.
    The church has 100000% say what goes on on that campus and the twilight books are STILL BEING SOLD THERE!!!! The LDS leaders are not anti-twilgiht.
    This is a Deseret Company decisions, so really I'm starting to wonder if the post master on this website is a little bit prejudice.
    Thanks for stating lies about mormons, again.

  • Casizzle

    My grandma avoids conversations with me because I read Twilight. She thinks that since I read books about vampires that I’m going to become “emo”, and I am nothing like that I am the brightest happy person you would ever meat. Like tweter76 wrote down below “they can take our books, but they can’t take our Twidom.” :-)

  • Lina09

    Its probobly cause shes thinking about the “evil” vampires. My mother thought the same to until i explained it to her and she saw the movie…. now she loves it haha.

  • cutesweetiezzz

    That's so strange. It's just a book. They don't have to make such a big deal out of it. People don't just have to go to their store to buy Twilight, they can go to the library or any other bookstore.

  • I love New Moon

    The host isn't religious.. but its still there.

  • Mallorie

    I am LDS as well and I agree with you, they aren't being haters. It's not a regular bookstore. It's all religious material. And the LDS housewives are TOTALLY all in love with the series! Haha

  • Noel

    Guys, I am LDS and the reason why they pulled it was because of the whole sex thing. Breaking Dawn was a little to much I guess! (Even though I loved it!) The whole romance was to… unclean I guess. I personally don't get why some LDS people freak out like this, cause I sure don't! But that's the real reason!

  • meemomoo

    Well put

  • seventeenforever

    A lot of LDS people love Twilight. The only reason that it got pulled form the shelves is because the fourth book got a little too intense. ( you know what I mean) It isn't really that big a deal. It's just a book. People can buy it anywhere else. Stephenie Meyer is LDS too anyways.

  • keekster08

    no kiddong. just because i like fantasy doesnt mean im going to go out and start drinking blood! jeez, its like lighten up!

    they can't take twilight away from us!!!

  • keekster08

    thats awesome!!! my mom is pretty pig-headed though. when i try to explain she doesn't listen so i dont bother with trying anymore. she did the same thing about me reading harry potter. with this though, i put my foot down. lol. i can't stop rereading them even if i wanted to!

  • mk

    I think it's funny that everyone cares that they took the books off their shelves. They probably just had some complaints b/c it's a book store that sells LDS church books. Twilight books are awesome but they're not church books. Big deal. Go to Barnes & Noble. I'm sure everyone really shopped there for their Twilight books anyway.

  • mk

    Dude, who are you??? Nobody tries to stop teens from using drugs??? Are you kidding me? There are tons of anti-drug commercials, ads, billboards, etc out there and I'm sure people would freak out if they walked in the book store while someone there was shooting up. come on!

  • I love New Moon

    Calm down.

    I meant that out of all the crap in the world, they make an effort to take away something so small and harmless, like books from a book store.

    Just chill.

  • Cam

    Yeah – I resisted my daughter's attempts to get me to read it too. Finally gave in when I heard a client say his wife couldn't put them down. Now I'm obsessed. Tell your mom to check out TwilightMoms.com. Maybe then she'll give it a try.

  • isazzy

    I just wanted to reiterate my earlier point that the Church does not own Deseret Books. If Deseret Books wants to pull out the books for whatever reason, it doesn't mean that the Church disapproves of the books. Please don't be offended at the church, be offended at the general management of Deseret Books.

  • isazzy

    Stacey, thanks for clearing that up. I just wanted to make the point up there that the fact that Deseret Books isn't selling the books any more has nothing to do with how church leaders feel abou them. I've just been reading a lot of comments of people saying the church disapproves of the books or vampires or Edward. that's NOT the case.

  • kaekae

    First off while the books are to longer on the shelves, Deseret Book will still special order the books for anyone. So the books are not banned. In my town's Deseret Book they only ever had 5-6 copies on the shelf at a time anyway and they sold at regular price. I always ordered the books from Amazon or bought them from Walmart because they were so much cheaper. Now if you have ever been in a Deseret Book you would know that most of their customers are over 45, not really within the Twilight fan base, so I can see why having the books would not serve a majority of their customers. Besides there are only 38 stores in the US most of which are in the west so I doubt it will be hurting book sales. I ask that those making comments about the LDS church in general please keep in mind that Stephanie Meyers herself is LDS and has a large LDS fan base ( most of which did not buy our books from Deseret Book and probably wouldn't have thought to). I agree with those who have said the website needs to change this title to Deseret Book Pulls Twilight From Store Shelves. At least out of respect for Stephanie. Just remember what I said at the beginning if you really want to get Twilight from Deseret Book they will be happy to order it for you.

  • http://www.youtube.com/twilighshorizons Ur WorstNightmare

    OMG! That is utter ridiculousness!!! You can't judge a book because you think its violent!! I mean, come on! Movies like saw and so on are more violent then that book! I have made a breaking dawn fan video, and it was made without all the bloodshed, seriously! Im not joking! This sounds like a terrible plug, but look at it!! It was made without violence and sexual material at all!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciR7fYKqnQM&feat

    Its quite popular, because I focused on the love and joy of Nessie, while maintaining her birthing scene into a decent setting!! People need to imagine the scenes beyond the words, and take it for what it is, a beautiful scene of love and devotion to thier daughter!!!

  • ***KRISI in NZ***

    well said kaekae (and anyone else who said the same-ish thing). I am ALSO an LDS, and I ALSO think that it's not a big deal to not sell Twilight books at Deseret Books.

    It's NOT ANYTHING AGAINST TWILIGHT at all, it's just the fact that Deseret Books are shops that sell DIRECTLY RELIGIOUS STUFF, such as Bibles, Hymn Books, etc.

    Also the whole sex thing. . . Don't get me wrong, LDSs do NOT find anything wrong with sex after marriage (just like most Christians) but it just kind of made the books more out of place, with all the Bibles and that.

    It's like selling plates at a restaurant. Close. . . but not quite ;D

  • Bluefire111

    The Latter-day Saints aren't Christians, they like, believe in this other religion thing as well. One of their churches is near mine, so I know.

  • keekster08

    okay! thanks. lol.

  • coco

    The Add says “what causes irational behavior?” An i said out loud “The Cullen boys!”

  • funkskunk

    Yes, me too. I think some people are a bit like sheep (and not in the good sense, like following Jesus). They don't find out things for themselves, they just take whatever someone tells them as fact. The Twilight series is just about good vs evil and love…not sex, but, love…real love. If the people who are against the Twilight series, then they should be against Snowwhite, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty…etc. It's just a story…a very good story. As long as you're not out there saying, “I want to be a vampire and live forever as a vampire”, then, you're ok. It's just make believe…not real. As long as people understand that, then, it's all ok. Don't just follow other people, ask questions and form your own opinions based on your own findings. That's my take on it and I'm sticking to it:)

  • Tia

    Maybe so but it is misleading to non LDS readers. The church leaders did not ban the book itself and people are drawing conclusions against the church because of it. Why not be more specific in saying that Deseret Books took them off their shelf?

  • Tia

    HA! What a good way to put it!

  • Tia

    REALLY?! Please do some research before posting such a thing!! LDS people ARE Christians. To be a Christian is to believe in Christ. That's kind of the center of the religion!!

  • http://sites.google.com/site/escapistnow James Swezey

    If the store owners feel that they want to pull the books of their shelves, well then it is up to them what they do or do not want to carry in their store. As for whether or not the books are evil, or what defines a Christian, please can we discuss things which are more important for the survival of humanity such as love, peace, and forgiveness. I do have to say however that I do favor Harry Potter over the Twilight books.

  • Heather

    lol. i know what you mean. the TWILIGHT saga is sold EVERYWHERE!!!
    i'm LDS and i've read the series and most of my close mormon relatives have all read them and we all love them.
    i think it's understandable that they took them off the shelves, but i dont know why some people make such a big deal about it.
    this sounds like the shop did it because of complaint.
    what are they going to do next… ex-com Steph??…. i dont think so.

  • stehfuhknee_hale

    Haha, thats actually where I got the idea from…lol

  • alex

    I go 2 that church but in england and our church dont care if we read twilight books so stop badmouthin us

  • alex

    I go 2 that church but in england and our church dont care if we read twilight books so stop badmouthin us

  • DEL

    I READ MOST OF PEOPLES COMMENTS AND FIND IT TOTALLY HILARIOUS THAT WHOEVER WROTE THAT ARTICLE GOT THE EXACT REACTION THEY WANTED, THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE ALONE UPSET MANY FANS. THE BOOKS HAVE BEEN OUT FOR AWHILE (maybe pulled off sales slowd down, or whateva) & WHEN THE MEDIA GOT WIND OF IT BEING PULLD OFF THE SHELVES (IN THAT PARTICULAR STORE) LIGHT WENT ON, “let's just add a little twist to the article, fire things up a little)” Media can be very DANGEROUS SHLD LOOK AT THE WIRTER of article, MY 3 DAUGHTERS READ THE BOOKS GAVE THEM 2 TO ME read them, lovd them theyr'e just a beautiful love story it's cleaner than most books around today, HOPE THE MOVIES DO THE SERIES JUSTICE.

  • DEL

    I READ MOST OF PEOPLES COMMENTS AND FIND IT TOTALLY HILARIOUS THAT WHOEVER WROTE THAT ARTICLE GOT THE EXACT REACTION THEY WANTED, THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE ALONE UPSET MANY FANS. THE BOOKS HAVE BEEN OUT FOR AWHILE (maybe pulled off sales slowd down, or whateva) & WHEN THE MEDIA GOT WIND OF IT BEING PULLD OFF THE SHELVES (IN THAT PARTICULAR STORE) LIGHT WENT ON, “let's just add a little twist to the article, fire things up a little)” Media can be very DANGEROUS SHLD LOOK AT THE WIRTER of article, MY 3 DAUGHTERS READ THE BOOKS GAVE THEM 2 TO ME read them, lovd them theyr'e just a beautiful love story it's cleaner than most books around today, HOPE THE MOVIES DO THE SERIES JUSTICE.

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