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I guess I'm odd b/c I let DD read Twilight, and she's 8 (almost 9). But TBH, she hasn't finished it, after several months of reading a bit here and there. She is a really good reader, but I think some of the content is just not too interesting to her, or over her head b/c she is more drawn to books like Matilda, or the Wimpy kid series. But I certainly didn't forbid her from reading when she became interested (and yes, she wanted to read it b/c of all the hype).
While I admit to not reading any of the Twilight books in full (it's so not my thing), I did read several chapters worth to DD when she has asked. I honestly don't see the big deal. She is mature for her age (IMO), and certainly isn't shielded from stuff like that. Hey, she watches my soap with me on occasion, certainly can't be worse than that. I guess I just think that anything that is too adult for her, she just wouldn't understand -- and I don't personally think it would harm her. For example, the sexual tension several of you have mentioned, would your average 7 yo really get that? From reading the one book? I guess it depends on what they have been exposed to, and how they interpret what they have read -- but I am honestly curious about it.
Anyway, while my answer is yes, I would let my particular child read Twilight because I am not one to censor much, especially books -- my DD chose on her own to put it down after a few attempts. I imagine at some point, maybe in a couple years, she will want to read it -- but maybe not (assuming it's not still all over the media).