An observant Mormon, she doesn't drink alcohol and has never seen an R-rated movie. She's not perfect--although Mormons avoid caffeine on principle, she drinks the occasional cherry Diet Pepsi. "It's about keeping yourself free of addictions," she explains, sitting on a huge couch in her living room. "We have free will, which is a huge gift from God. If you tie that up with something like, I don't know, cocaine, then you don't really have a lot of freedom anymore."Awesome. You are quite the advanced woman with your caffeine intake. Rock on, you crazy feminist.
What makes Meyer’s books so distinctive is that they’re about the erotics of abstinence. Their tension comes from prolonged, superhuman acts of self-restraint. There’s a scene midway through Twilight in which, for the first time, Edward leans in close and sniffs the aroma of Bella’s exposed neck. “Just because I’m resisting the wine doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the bouquet,” he says. “You have a very floral smell, like lavender … or freesia.” He barely touches her, but there’s more sex in that one paragraph than in all the snogging in Harry Potter.Totally, there's all kinds of sex, you know, without any of the sex stuff. The Heroine in the movie is one of the most passive, pathetic heroines of all time. She exists to be saved. Much like Mormon women on the polygamy farm. Twilight is a movie about religious idealism. And a pathetic one at that.
This next statement makes me want to punch myself in the face.
"I really think that's the underlying metaphor of my vampires," she says. "It doesn't matter where you're stuck in life or what you think you have to do; you can always choose something else. There's always a different path."Yes. Vampires can totally find religion and make an awesome choice. Except for the fact that they are the DEAD. You know, dead creatures who prey upon men. But other than that, yeah, they can totally make a different choice. Just like a polar bear can choose to eat plants instead of seals.
Boycott Twilight. Mormons give 10% of their paycheck to the church. The same one that asked its members to donate gobs of money to Yes on 8.