Age: The writing is at about the level of a teenage girl, but the content is adult
Bella Swan traps herself in a boring small town with her quiet father after her mother remarries. There she meets Edward Cullen and his bizarre, but hynpotizingly beautiful family. Upon learning that the Cullens are vampires, Bella, having become obsessed romantically with Edward, is thrown into their strange and frightening world.
The most lustfully sexual book without an actual sex scene, it is the critic's viewpoint that this book is to a teenage girl what pornography would be to a man. The following massive amounts of physical touch, sexual innuendo, and references to Bella and Edward's romantic relationship should make the point.
A teenage girl asks if a male vampire has sexual desires for her and if they could have sex. A male vampire assures her that he is "a man" and he does have such desires for her but that sex would be impossible as she is soft and fragile and he could crush her skull if he got excited.
A teenage girl asks a male vampire if he is a virgin. (They both are.)
A teenage girl sleeps in a vampire's arms while they are lying in bed.
A group of men pursue a teenage girl with intent to rape her. (She is not harmed, but it is a long, scary scene.)
A teenage girl notices her friend looks at a boy as if she'd be up to anything he suggested.
A male vampire holds a teenage girl tightly against him when he is rescuing her from being hit by a car.
A teenage girl continually remarks on a male vampire's looks.
A teenage girl is said to be obsessed with a male vampire.
A teenage boy plays with a lock of a teenage girl's hair.
A teenage girl is miserable because she cannot see or talk to a male vampire.
A teenage girl is amazed she can keep her eyes off a male vampire's body.
A teenage girl wants to touch a male vampire.
A male vampire plays with a teenage girl's hair. She mentions that her "heart splutters."
Teenage girls gossip about dating and feelings about guys.
A teenage girl thinks a male vampire looks like a Greek god.
Teenage girls talk about kissing.
A teenage girl feels agony when she thinks about a male vampire not being at school one day.
A male vampire tells a teenage girl that she should tell her dad about the two of them so he even has incentive to bring her back.
A teenage girl thinks about how close she is sitting to a male vampire, talks about feeling electrified, and having an urge to stroke his face in the darkness. She thinks she is "losing her mind." She feels dizzy and starts to hyperventilate. It is mentioned there is an electric current originating in his body. Her fingers ached from the "craving to touch him."
A male vampire brushes the length of a teenage girl's cheekbone with his finger. It is said she is put in a trance-like state.
A teenage boy tells a teenage girl that a male vampire looks at her like she was something to eat.
Teenage boys are said to look at a convertible with "lust."
A male vampire's eyes are said to play havoc on a teenage girl's heart.
A teenage girl dreams of wearing spaghetti shirts and shorts.
A male vampire sweeps a girl's hair behind her shoulder.
A male vampire and a teenage girl can hardly keep from teaching each other in the dark while watching a movie.
A male vampire touches a girl's face from head to chin with the back of his hand.
A male vampire reaches over a teenage girl to open her door and his "close proximity" makes her heart pound.
A teenage boy wants to come visit a teenage girl because she had previously flirted with him.
A teenage girl thinks that a male vampire's smile and voice are appealing.
A male vampire says that he can't leave a teenage girl alone and she fascinates him.
A male vampire touches a teenage girl's cheek.
A teenage boy continues to ask a teenage girl if she'll go to a dance so he can dance with her.
A teenage girl thinks a male vampire looks like a runway model.
A male vampire wears a sleeveless shirt unbuttoned and a teenage girl ogles his chest and muscles, calling him a "god-like creature."
A teenage girl's heart beats "erratically" when a male vampire touches her elbow to help her hike.
A teenage girl says she stared at a male vampire all afternoon.
A teenage girl strokes the back of a male vampire's hand, saying the texture felt like satin. She then traces his forearm with her fingertips. The male vampire says, "You can't imagine how that feels." She continues to move her hand up his arm.
A teenage girl's mouth waters when she smells a male vampire's breath. She leans in to kiss him, but he runs off.
A male vampire speaks seductively.
A girl wants to "stay with" a male vampire "much more than she should."
A male vampire says he can't leave a teenage girl.
A male vampire says that a teenage girl holding his hand is "amazingly pleasant."
A male vampire says that a girl's scent is like a specific brand of heroin. He says she is specifically appealing to him.
A male vampire imagines way to lure a teenage girl to be alone with him to drink her blood and kill her. He does not.
A male vampire ruffles a teenage girl's hair and a shock runs through her body at his touch.
A male vampire says that a teenage girl is the most important thing to him. The girl says, "I would rather die than not be with you."
A male vampire tells a teenage girl she is lovely.
A male vampire puts his hands on a teenage girl's face. They then slide down her neck and to her shoulders.
A male vampire rests his cheek against the hollow of a teenage girl's neck. He turns his face to the side, his nose sliding against her skin. He then ends with his face against her chest.
A male vampire places a teenage girl's hand against his cheek. She then caresses his cheek, strokes his eyelid, nose, and lips. His lips part under her hand.
A male vampire's eyes have a hunger to them after a teenage girl touches him.
A male vampire's fingers touch a teenage girl's lips.
A male vampire remarks about "other hungers," referring to sex drive. A teenage girl remarks that she understands such things.
A teenage girl places her cheek against a male vampire's chest. He puts his arms around her and presses his face into her hair.
A male vampire slings a teenage girl onto his back. When he lets her down, he cradles her in his arms "like a small child."
A male vampire presses a teenage girl's hand to his face and inhales deeply.
A vampire and teenage girl kiss each other. The girl gets excited and parts her lips, but the vampire pushes her away.
A male vampire puts an arm around a teenage girl's waist.
A male vampire tells a teenage girl that she is like a drunk, intoxicated by his very presence.
A male vampire brushes his lips back and forth from a teenage girl's ear to her jaw.
A male vampire and a teenage girl hold hands in a car.
A male vampire watches a teenage girl every night when she sleeps.
A male vampire pulls a teenage girl against his chest.
It is said that every man's dream is that his daughter's hormones won't kick in until she is out of the house.
A male vampire lifts a teenage girl up onto her bed next to him.
A teenage girl, who has a male vampire waiting for her back in her room on her bed, wishes she packed a Victoria's Secret lingerie nightgown.
A male vampire lays his cheek against a teenage girl's skin and says, "Mmmmm." His nose glides to the corner of her jaw and his lips touch the hollow beneath her ear. His fingers then begin to trace her collarbone.
A teenage girl tells a male vampire that he drives her crazy and he is pleasantly pleased that he is good at arousing her.
A male vampire inhales the scent at a teenage girl's wrist.
A male vampire says that he is a teenage girl's prisoner and puts his hands around her wrists.
A teenage girl says she dreams about being with a male vampire forever.
A male vampire traces the shape of a teenage girl's lips.
A teenage girl touches a male vampire's face and says she loves him more than everything in the world combined.
A male vampire touches kisses a teenage girl's neck.
A teenage girl attempts to flirt with a teenage boy to get information out of him.
A teenage boy says he is lucky enough to sit by a teenage girl.
A male vampire is said to have a low attractive voice.
A male vampire is ssaid to be absurdly handsome.
A teenage girl thinks that teenage boys walking her to class is flattering.
A girl dreams about a male vampire.
A teenage girl is "electrically" aware of Edward.
A male vampire staring in a teenage girl's eyes brings her a rush of emotion.
A teenage girl thinks that a male vampire's level of power (attraction) over her is unhealthy.
A teenage girl is asked by many teenage boys to go to a dance with her.
A vampire puts his fingertips against a teenage girl's throat and strokes her cheek. (It is in a bloodthirsty, not sexual way.)
A female vampire turns her face into a male vampire's chest for comfort.
A teenage girl thinks that every cell in her body longs for a male vampire's coming. She imagines herself in his arms and them lying in the sun together. She thinks that being trapped in a hotel room alone with him would be a kind of heaven. (Full sexual intent.)
A woman takes a teenage girl's clothes off to switch clothes with her. (No sexual intent.)
A male vampire pulls a teenage girl to himself, crushing his lips hard against hers.
A male vampire flashes a smile that leaves a teenage girl breathless.
A male vampire takes a teenage girl's face ino his hands and tells her he loves her. They kiss "with as much force as they are capable of."
A male vampire's hands grip a teenage girl's waist.
A teenage girl puts her arms around a male vampire's neck as they kiss. It is said that her lips part.
A male vampire throws a teenage girl across his back. She tucks her face into his shoulder blade.
A male vampire puts his hands on a teenage girl's face and mouth. It is said his lips brush softly against hers.
A woman tells a teenage girl that her relationship with a male vampire will work out because she is what he wants.
A male vampire kisses a teenage girl under the edge of her jaw.
A teenage boy kisses a teenage girl.
A male vampire buckles a teenage girl into a car and it is said that his hands linger on her neck and collarbone.
A male vampire kisses a teenage girl's head and tells her she smells good in the rain.
A male vampire puts his hands around a teenage girl in a car, pushing her back into the seat. (No sexual intent.)
A male vampire touches his lips to a teenage girl's neck, nose, eyelids, cheek, chin, corner of her lips, lower lips, moves his nose up the line of her skin, and finishes with kissing her earnestly.
A male vampire jumps on a teenage girl, throwing her to a couch where he curls her into a ball against his chest and seats her on his lap.
A teenage girl says her heart has an audible reaction any time a male vampire touches her.
A male vampire tells a teenage girl she looks lovely and rubs his thumb on her hand.
It is said that a woman chokes with satisfaction every time her adopted son touches a teenage girl.
A male vampire tastes a teenage girl's tear.
A male vampire takes a teenage girl in his arms and rocks her. He tells her he loves her and that she is his life.
A male vampire tells a teenage girl she shouldn't look so indecent and tempting.
A male vampire trails his fingers down a teenage girl's spine. As she kisses him, her breath comes faster and she parts her lips.
A teenage girl sits in a male vampire's lap as he rubs her back. She lays her head on his shoulder.
A male vampire and a teenage girl have "mouth-watering" sexual tension.
A female vampire is described as the incarnation of pure beauty.
A male vampire tells a teenage girl she holds a lot of attraction for him. He says he was not complete in himself until her.
A male vampire strokes a teenage girl's hair from the top of her head to her waist. He puts his lips to her ear and his arm around her.
A teenage girl says that first love is different than reading about it.
Many girls and women flirt with a male vampire.
A male vampire's shirt is said to flit snugly, emphasizing his muscles. A teenage girl ogles him.
A teenage girl says she has no choice but to be with a male vampire, that she's in too deep and he's hypnotic. She wants to be with him.
A couple is said to have eloped.
Mention of estrogen and female hormones.
Teenage girls try on strapless dresses.
A teenage girl talks about progressing in her relationship with a teenage boy to their first kiss.
Men are said to have an excuse for infidelity because of vampires' beauty.
A teenage boy puts an arm around a faint teenage girl's waist. Then a male vampire picks her up and carries her.
A male vampire flirts with a woman teacher.
A teenage girl winks at a teenage boy.
A teenage girl says that a male vampire's level of power over her is unhealthy.
A teenage girl is almost hit by a car sliding on ice. She is knocked out of the way and hits her head slightly. The driver, a teenage boy, receives many slashes on his face and head.
Two vampires hunt bears and mountain lions and suck the blood out of them. One mentions the other's favorite kind of animal.
A teenage boy tells a teenage girl that a male vampire looks at her like she was something to eat.
A teenage girl wonders if having her blood drained by a vampire would hurt.
A reference to being too tempted and drinking specific people's blood with certain scents.
A vampire imagines way to lure a teenage girl to be alone with him to drink her blood and kill her.
A vampire says that if a girl had been hit by a car and her blood had been spilled, he would not have controlled himself.
A vampire says he is tempted by a teenage girl's throat.
A young man is almost eaten by a bear before a vampire saves him.
A teenage boy asks if a teenage girl stabbed a vampire with a pencil.
A teenage girl mentions that she's not depressed enough to shoot herself on purpose.
A vampire, who plans to attack a teenage girl, kill her, and suck her blood, also plans to video tape the entire death.
It is mentioned that a vampire bit a girl and turned her into a vampire. It is said that she would have been burned at the stake because she could see visions.
A teenage girl is attacked by a vampire. Her hand gets slashed, she hits her head, breaks a leg and four ribs, and has bruises covering every inch of skin. She is bitten and is in extreme pain until another vampire sucks the venom out of her and saves her. She has to be given blood transfusions.
A vampire tells a teenage girl he was extremely tempted to suck all her blood when he was sucking venom out. He says she tasted really good.
A teenage girl in a hospital mentions that the IV is pulling at her hand.
A teenage girl is terrified when her mother's life is threatened by a vampire. She willingly goes to her death to save her.
A vampire mentions that he has no other choice but to kill another vampire, tear him to shreds, and burn the pieces.
A woman tries to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff because of the sorrow of her baby's death. (She survives when she is turned into a vampire.)
A male vampire admits he had a stage where he "rebelled" and killed people, sucking their blood. A teenage girl tells him that's "reasonable."
A female vampire jokes that a male vampire is having a teenage girl for lunch.
It is said that a minister burned to death anyone infected by a vampire.
A vampire mentions that he tried killing himself by jumping from great heights, drowning himself, or starving himself, but none worked.
A vampire attack kills two men and leaves another bleeding.
A teenage girl thinks about ways she would use self-defense on a group of men out to rape her. She thinks about sticking a finger in their eye socket and popping the eye out or using the heel of her hand to shove their noses into their brains.
A vampire is said to have massacred an entire village after sucking a woman's finger wound.
A class of high schoolers test their blood types. They jab their fingers with needles and squeeze for blood. A teenage girl gets nauseous and faint and has to leave.
A teenage girl has a nightmare about vicious teeth.
A teenage girl says she is tired of trying to stay away from a male vampire.
A male vampire is said to have let out a string of profanities.
"Da--" is used twice.
"Shut up" is used twice.
"Stupid" is used twice.
"Holy crow" is used twice.
Christian Principles: None
Bella is an entirely self-involved, lustful, and sexually passionate teenager who is left a rather drab personality so that every girl can put themselves in her place. Bella lives a depressed and lonely life where she gives to no one but herself, does not seek out relationships that are edifying (like one with her father), but pursues something she knows is wrong. (For instance, the apple of "temptation," representing the Garden of Eden, is the cover art.) Bella lies to her father at every given opportunity, assuming he would be of no help to her, would not understand her, would stop her from doing what she wants to do, etc. There is no trust in her parents, no respect to authority, and no accountability whatsoever.
Bella and Edward are continually placed in situations where they are alone, including sleeping together and actively participating in a whole host of physical affection without actual sex, although Bella asks Edward for that as well. Regardless of the fact that the boyfriend of her choice is a murderer and immortal blood-drinker who wants to kill her most of all, Bella disregards all common sense and gives herself over to her lusts, going so far as to be depressed beyond living at the thought of losing him. She is obsessed beyond what is natural in a very short amount of time, making the reader assume other powers are at play here. Edward, the vampire, even says he has "charms" and attractiveness to draw her in. It is actually said that she is "drunk, intoxicated with his very presence." He knows he is dangerous to her, but he mentions that he'd rather just "go to hell" and have fun doing it.
When has love been defined as "a mutual fulfilling of each other's lusts"? Have they read the Biblical definition of it being "long-suffering" and "seeking not its own" (1 Corinthians 13)? If Bella and Edward knew they were such a bad idea for each other, then continuing to further their relationship makes their claims of "love" a lie. Do not be fooled - lust is not love just because it happens to be a mutual desire between two people. Never is selfishness a virtue. Just because Bella and Edward's hormonal desires happen to be one and the same, does not make what they are doing not extremely detrimental to each other.
This book teaches your daughter, in absolutely no subtle terms, that she can lie and deceive to get what she wants in a boy at any age and at any cost. This book teachers your daughter that she is far smarter than you and knows what she can handle and what is best for her. This book also teaches your daughter that she can touch a boy all over, kiss him passionately, allow him in her bed at night, and have hours of alone time with him and he will never be fully tempted to take advantage of her. One of the adult vampires tells Bella that her relationship will work out because it's what Edward wants, making it seem like a teenager, in their finite thoughts and limited view of the world, only needs to want deeply enough to make all wrongs become right. This book also teaches your daughter that she is not complete within herself without a relationship. It says nothing about being complete in God alone.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us." 1 John 4:11 (Emphasis mine)
This book also has an entirely false view of men and their thoughts, feelings, desires, and temptations. The critic's husband read some of it and was burdened by the thought that a girl would be led to believe a man would not be tempted by her throwing her body at him and begging him to have sex with her. Both the critic and her husband were very disturbed with the illusions of a false reality that does not exist.
Then there is the subject of vampires themselves. Instead of the world of Twilight being a fantasyland where a creature that sucked blood might be a normality, Stephenie Meyer, the author, places Edward and his "family" directly into our world and does not leave it there. She brings occultist spirituality in to explain him as well.
The book begins by describing Edward's good looks as "god-like" and ends with outright calling him a "god" and an "angel." Bella says that the only heaven she ever wants to be in is one where Edward is her Light and Guiding Angel, an outright rejection of Jesus Christ and true heaven. And isn't satan described as an angel of light?
"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
It is obvious that Bella worships Edward and vampires, even though their very being and desires and way of living is against God's design and decrees.
Leviticus 17:10-11 says, "If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life."
Jesus Christ shed His blood, which is said to be cleansing, on the cross for our sins. God holds blood in high esteem, even in animals.
Genesis 9:4 says, "But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man."
Edward knows, without a doubt, that he is going to hell. He makes mention of this - and an entire discussion of this, and his lack of a soul, is included in the sequel to Twilight, New Moon.
Edward is referred to as a god, an angel, and inside his own personal hell on earth. He loses control when he "hunts" where he drinks blood from animals. He describes Bella's scent tempting him like an alcoholic or a heroin addict. He does not kill and eat her, but he continues to give in to his addiction by obsessively clinging to their relationship. Edward claims to abstain from humans, suddenly trying to convince the readers that he is the good guy here. Although, when he talks about a "rebellious" period where he hunted evildoers and "protected innocents," making Edward out to be his own personal god that subscribes judgment to whomever he deems worthy, Bella says this is all very understandable. Edward is held accountable to no one and has more power than he should to accomplish his goals.
There is an entire story about an Anglican minister who set out to hunt down and eliminate vampires in the name of the church, God, and the people of his village. He is portrayed as bloodthirsty and ruthless. However, in his situation, with a family to protect and God's Word to defend, would we not do the same? But Stephenie Meyer cannot hide her bias. When his son is bitten and "changed," he turns against his own son. It is also said he persecuted Catholics and other religions, painting this Anglican man as a fiend and a cruel father. This is the only reference to church or to pastors in this whole book, seeming to leave one with a bad taste in their mouth toward Christianity. Scripture is also continually used out of context, whether it is Genesis 2:7 mentioning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (paralleling Bella and Edward's relationship. Although, right in the face of God and His Word, the two of them do not face consequences or suffer for allegorically eating the fruit of said tree), or whether it is the reference to the lion lying down with the lamb (Edward claims to be "the lion," who fell in love with "the lamb." Regardless of the fact that this passage is not an analogy, but a reference to the peace of the Millennial kingdom, once again Edward has been compared to satan himself.
"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8
But Bella cannot be sober-minded and watchful. She was compared to a drunk previously, remember?), or whether it is the fact that Jacob and the native Americans describe the flood in a way that goes against Scripture. They say that Noah and his family were not the only survivors, but that their Indian ancestors simply floated on trees. It is also said that these same humans are descended from wolves. The future is said to not be set in stone, which disregards the fact that a Sovereign God is in control. It is discussed that Edward thinks we bring our "strongest human traits" into the afterlife with us. Does he not know that,
"The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust." (Proverbs 11:6) and "When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power comes to nothing." (Proverbs 11:7 NIV)?
Or is this actually a reference to Edward already being "from the afterlife" with god-like powers? It would seem, in context, to be the latter. It is discussed whether vampires just evolved into greater human beings, but Edward doesn't think so. He thinks that the "same delicate force" that created the world created vampires. It is true that God created the demons and the devil, but they will have their demise.
"And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Revelation 20:10
Edward knows this. Remember, he is sure he has no soul and is going to hell. Still, it does not hinder him from being his own immortal demigod on earth. There are too many references that belong to our sovereign God alone that are given to Edward and his family of vampires. One is described as the "Incarnation of Beauty" as well as Edward is said to be Bella's Savior, titles that should be used for Jesus Christ alone. And what did Edward save Bella from? Safety? Protection? Peace? Growth? Maturity? Honesty? Her parents? What "Angel of Light" in Scripture brings danger, distress, bloodshed, violence, immaturity, deceit, and a tearing apart of families?
"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such 'wisdom' does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures... Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 3:13-4:3,7
"You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Acts 13:10