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The 13 essays in this volume explore Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular Twilight series in the contexts of literature, religion, fairy tales, film, and the gothic. Several examine Meyer's emphasis on abstinence, considering how, why, and if the author's Mormon faith has influenced the series' worldview. Others look at fan involvement in the Twilight world, focusing on how th The 13 essays in this volume explore Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular Twilight series in the contexts of literature, religion, fairy tales, film, and the gothic. Several examine Meyer's emphasis on abstinence, considering how, why, and if the author's Mormon faith has influenced the series' worldview. Others look at fan involvement in the Twilight world, focusing on how the series' avid following has led to an economic transformation in Forks, Washington, the real town where the fictional series is set. Other topics include Meyer's use of Quileute shape-shifting legends, Twilight's literary heritage and its frequent references to classic works of literature, and the series' controversial depictions of femininity.


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The 13 essays in this volume explore Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular Twilight series in the contexts of literature, religion, fairy tales, film, and the gothic. Several examine Meyer's emphasis on abstinence, considering how, why, and if the author's Mormon faith has influenced the series' worldview. Others look at fan involvement in the Twilight world, focusing on how th The 13 essays in this volume explore Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular Twilight series in the contexts of literature, religion, fairy tales, film, and the gothic. Several examine Meyer's emphasis on abstinence, considering how, why, and if the author's Mormon faith has influenced the series' worldview. Others look at fan involvement in the Twilight world, focusing on how the series' avid following has led to an economic transformation in Forks, Washington, the real town where the fictional series is set. Other topics include Meyer's use of Quileute shape-shifting legends, Twilight's literary heritage and its frequent references to classic works of literature, and the series' controversial depictions of femininity.

39 review for The Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mell

    This had some thought-provoking essays, examining topics like religious symbolism, gender roles, the history of Forks, and the trend of vampires as sexy and attractive. The short pieces are very readable; I have read other books/essays that get very academic. I think this was published with Twilight readers (who want to thoughtfully examine the books and not just gush) in mind. The essays do have valid critical points about the books and characters, but aren't attacks on Meyer or her work. This had some thought-provoking essays, examining topics like religious symbolism, gender roles, the history of Forks, and the trend of vampires as sexy and attractive. The short pieces are very readable; I have read other books/essays that get very academic. I think this was published with Twilight readers (who want to thoughtfully examine the books and not just gush) in mind. The essays do have valid critical points about the books and characters, but aren't attacks on Meyer or her work.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margery Osborne

    despite the scholarly citations and language this didnt really introduce any ideas i didnt already have. btw i think edward's skin was sparkly to suggest god-like being. if you put that cut on it, the abstinence is to protect *his* racial purity. just say'n. try going full Nietzsche. maybe carlisle's project is to engineer a pure race of 'supermen'. ie Carlisle as a Dr Frankenstein or as a priest on a purification of the race quest. anyhow back to the god-like aspects of Edward. If you go with th despite the scholarly citations and language this didnt really introduce any ideas i didnt already have. btw i think edward's skin was sparkly to suggest god-like being. if you put that cut on it, the abstinence is to protect *his* racial purity. just say'n. try going full Nietzsche. maybe carlisle's project is to engineer a pure race of 'supermen'. ie Carlisle as a Dr Frankenstein or as a priest on a purification of the race quest. anyhow back to the god-like aspects of Edward. If you go with that, the Edward/Bella thing could become a Jesus/Mary Magdalene parable

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    It feels a little strange to reference both academia and Twilight in one breath, but that's what this collection is: a look at Twilight from a grown-up and thoughtful eye. The essays range from talk on where Meyer drew her inspiration, to evidence of her religion in her writings, and to her appropriation of Quileute legend (real and imagined). While none of the essays were particularly critical- in fact, most were very positive- it gives a more balanced view of the series than one is likely to f It feels a little strange to reference both academia and Twilight in one breath, but that's what this collection is: a look at Twilight from a grown-up and thoughtful eye. The essays range from talk on where Meyer drew her inspiration, to evidence of her religion in her writings, and to her appropriation of Quileute legend (real and imagined). While none of the essays were particularly critical- in fact, most were very positive- it gives a more balanced view of the series than one is likely to find elsewhere. I received this book for free through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elvira

    An interesting collection of essays that range from the critical to the apologetic in terms of the merits of the Twilight Series. I found it interesting that the editors berate the academic community for condemning the series before reading it in full, though she later admits to the mediocre writing of the first book and structural problems with the second. Regardless of this, there are essays that bring up questions that many have had about the series, the relationship to a modern fairy tale, t An interesting collection of essays that range from the critical to the apologetic in terms of the merits of the Twilight Series. I found it interesting that the editors berate the academic community for condemning the series before reading it in full, though she later admits to the mediocre writing of the first book and structural problems with the second. Regardless of this, there are essays that bring up questions that many have had about the series, the relationship to a modern fairy tale, the creation of "luminous" vampires, the influence of Mormonism, and more. This collection would be highly sought for by college students wanting to write critically on a series that they enjoy.

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