Twilight and Mormonism

There has been a plethora of articles linking the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer with Mormon theology. Some of the links to these stories include one by Angela Aleiss of The Salt Lake Tribune (link: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/49814878-80/twilight-mormon-bella-eclipse.html.csp) and one by Katherine Thompson on HuffPost (link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/22/twilight-eclipse-stars-ta_n_621439.html).

Two important points came across in the interview with actors in the movie that created the media buzz. 1. The actors didn’t believe there was a Mormon subtext, and 2. the interviewer apparently believes that Mormons prohibit abortion even when the life of the mother is in danger. Both points are false. Regarding abortion, Mormons believe that there are certain circumstances where abortion is permissable, including when the life of the mother is in jeopardy. For the Church’s official statement see http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/public-issues/abortion.
I also have no doubt Sister Meyer’s faith influenced some of the books. The themes of eternal marriage and chastity are too strong. Personally, I think Angela Aleiss’s article takes the comparison a bit too far.
I also take issue with how these articles ignore points where Twilight diverges from Mormon theology. For example, Edward’s behavior is very controlling and abusive at times, clearly at odds with Latter-day Saint ideals of masculinity (see The Proclamation on the Family or Doctrine and Covenants 121:40-the end of the chapter). Mormons also don’t believe in vampires.

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