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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although this site calls itself an RPG (role-playing game), it's not really a game. It's a place for fans of the bestselling Twilight series to share their own creative writing based on the books -- sort of like an English class assignment that calls for writing alternative endings or scenes for a book. Although most of the content is tame, there are flirtatious and intense moments created by members writing out imaginary scenes from the storylines. The writing level is probably also more appropriate for older kids who will have the patience and understanding of literature to follow complex plots and write in-depth fiction. For that reason, this is a site that will allow teens an outlet to flex their creative muscle while immersing themselves in one of their favorite stories.
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Is it any good?
When was the last time you heard of teens competing for the most well-written story or the most paragraphs written? If the Twilight book series has inspired young readers to rack up more page time than screen time, then EQUINOX: THE INTERACTIVE TWILIGHT ROLE PLAYING GAME can be credited with getting young visitors to log in lots of creative writing time. With a dedicated administration that takes safety and Twilight authenticity very seriously, this site exists as a labor of love that has blossomed with the help of some very dedicated members. Some of the best features include the ability to jump from one "realistic" Twilight setting to another, an out-of-character chat feature and plenty of space to take a stab at fiction writing in a safe and supportive environment. The site has expertly moved the Twilight story into cyberspace, allowing members to float through Forks and mingle with the Volturi while adding new characters to the mix.
Online interaction: The site is highly interactive and users can do both role playing and "out of character" chatting on the site.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Internet safety. Since this site is designed for teen users, the youngest members should know the ropes when it comes to being responsible on interactive Web sites. Be sure to read Internet Safety Tips for Middle School Kids.
Do you think fans can become too involved in a fictional story? Or, do you think it makes the reading experience more fun when you become totally wrapped up in the lives of non-existant characters? Check out How do You Manage Your Kids' Pop Culture Obession for tips on balancing things out.
Can you think of other novels that sparked such a fan frenzy? What do these books have in common? Can you think of a stand-alone novel that you would like to see become a series?
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