I'm sure by now many of you have heard that Stephenie Meyer is going to be doing an interview with Oprah on November 13th. While I'm sure it's probably to promote the release of New Moon later this month, I can't help but feel a little disgusted by the whole thing. As if we need any more copies of these appallingly bad books circulating (and because of the "Oprah effect", these things are going to fly off the shelves even faster).
I can only assume that Oprah has not read the books. I can't imagine that, if she really knew what was in them (especially in Breaking Dawn) that she would allow herself to be associated with them in any way. Oprah has spent time and money advocating for children's rights, and to get pedophiles and child abusers off the streets. She's talked numerous times about how pedophiles groom their victims. I can't for one second believe that she'd be okay with "imprinting" as it's presented in these books, especially since two major examples involve grown men imprinting on baby girls (with the expectation that they will one day be lovers).
If Oprah is prepared to ask the hard questions, I wouldn't have any problem with this interview. But I expect it will just be a Meyer love-fest, Oprah will be seen as endorsing the series, and millions more women will think it's okay to let their girls read books that endorse relationships with predatory men.