John Granger makes a compelling case for why Twilight isn’t just mindless teeny-bopper literature.
In a nutshell, Bella is Eve and Edward is the Adam-God of Mormon theology. Their “Fall”—when Bella/Eve/Man chooses the apple from the tray of Edward/Adam/God, although rife with dangers and difficulties, is the beginning of a spiritual transformation culminated by an alchemical wedding with the God-Man. The story is a romantic allegory depicting the roles and responsibilities of the divine and human lovers, but it has the specifically Mormon hermetic twist that sex within marriage is the endgame and the only means to personal salvation and immortal life.
I’m willing to admit that I write Twilight off due to it’s strong-estrogen fan base, rabid tween girls and my jealousy of the oh-so-dreamy Edward Cullen. And yet, this is an interesting counter-intuitive article on why the series of books shouldn’t be dismissed. I might not agree, but I’m willing to have that conversation.
His larger point is also kind of true — that the more popular works of fiction for kids/teens resonate because they have religious underpinnings to them — doesn’t take into account that religion is not the original form of storytelling and that much of the Bible is based on other form of oral history, storytelling and mythology from cultures more ancient that the Hebrews. [via]