"Now back to why I say I prefer this book and its characters to the Twilight characters — both now and presumingly at age 15. Simply put, Emer is more interesting and a better role model for teens than Bella or Edward (minus the whole vegetarian vampire thing). Granted, kids shouldn’t go around cutting out people’s eyeballs, but the strength behind Emer’s actions and personality is a desirable virtue. Her actions, put into context of the time and situation, are actually quite morally intact. Much can be said for her contempt of men who try to possess her or who are excessively overprotective and domineering, which is never OK."