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Twilight Breakdown: 'Girl Porn' and the Books of Mormon
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is widely known to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), and openly acknowledges that her faith has had an impact on the books. “Unconsciously, I put a lot of my basic beliefs into the story," she has said.
However, some of those familiar with the LDS faith have found other elements in the books that may not necessarily align with Christian sensibilities. Laura Stone, an ex-Mormon who claims to be "from one of the older Mormon families," published an analysis of the books from her perspective in 2008, one that she told LifeSiteNews.com she continues to stand by.
To begin with, Stone pointed out several superficial elements in Twilight that she says clearly correspond to the LDS faith. These include the description of Edward Cullen, which she said matches the mythical description of church founder Joseph Smith "down to his nose and hair color," as well as the series' overarching juxtaposition of a "dark" race of werewolves ("Lamanites" in Mormon legend) that fight an epic battle with the "white" race of vampires ("Nephites"). Bella's journey of "conversion" to vampirism corresponds to the goal of winning "eternal life" by embracing the Mormon faith and overcoming - in a sense - the "natural man" that stands in the way of heavenly perfection.
In addition, Stone even points to the presence of an authoritarian, hierarchical race of enemy vampires who are based in Italy and "enforce the code of conduct that pass for the morals of their world" - the Volturi - as closely corresponding to the Mormon attitude toward Catholics. Thematically, Stone points to the series' emphasis on personal "perfection," and the predestination of couples as having pre-selected each other for a literally eternal bond, as two themes directly correlating with Mormon sensibilities.
This latter element is carried to a somewhat disturbing degree in the case of the werewolves' "imprinting," whereby one detects and essentially becomes obsessed with a future spouse no matter the age difference - resulting in grown men "imprinting" on the smallest of children. The predestination theme also appears to serve as justification for a relationship between the two lead characters that, in real life, would amount to a case of a very jealous man absorbing the life of his willing love interest. This glorification of jealousy could prove very dangerous to young girls who have not been strongly warned against such obsessions in real-life men.
But perhaps the most salient critique is that, according to Stone, the books’ treatment of the subject of sexuality and romance corresponds to a sort of false chastity or obsessive attitude towards sex that she claims exists in the LDS community: an undercurrent to the overly puritanical standards of modesty adhered to by LDS members.
Thus this false idea of chastity contributes significantly to the series' "girl porn" effect, despite the lack of actual sex - something that might not be apparent to men, but is all too clear to women. Touted for promoting chastity, the books in fact offer a combo of emotional titillation and steamy sexual near-misses, all bound together with a steady undercurrent of rape fantasy, that is deadly for women. These elements, as in sex-laden romantic novels, are geared toward over-stimulating female emotions and sending women hurtling towards an unhealthy escapism. Instead of the selfish male ideal of regular pornography, i.e., the perfect-bodied female delivering the ultimate sexual climax, women reading Twilight can find themselves craving a different and equally selfish fantasy: the perfectly "intense" male delivering the ultimate emotional climax.
Read more: Life Site News
Who needs a "mythical description? There are photos of Smith on Google!
Originally posted by FortAnthem
...These include the description of Edward Cullen, which she said matches the mythical description of church founder Joseph Smith "down to his nose and hair color,"
Yolen has criticized the Harry Potter series. This is based on the similarities of the series with Wizard's Hall, published eight years before the first Harry Potter book.
“ I read the first three. The fourth one stopped me in my tracks, partially because even though the story moves along, I just don't feel like they're well written. Besides, I wrote a book called Wizard's Hall. And there's an awful lot of Wizard's Hall in it. I always tell people that if Ms. Rowling would like to cut me a very large check, I would cash it. [Wizard's Hall] has got a boy named Henry [who] goes to wizard school, doesn't think he has talent. He has a good friend with red hair. There's a wicked wizard who's trying to destroy the school, and the pictures on the wall move and speak and change. I have kids who write to me all the time and say, "I thought you had stolen Harry Potter, but my teacher pointed out that you published it eight years before Harry Potter."