I am also LDS and loved the books! They were very entertaining and deeply
moral. Sexual tension is apart of our lives, a part of who we are as human
beings. It is a god-given gift in the right sense! Edward posseses this
standard in the form of "old fashionedness", and Bella learns to really
appreciate it. I work at a recovery home for girls with eating disorders, and
this book is extremely popular. It has given many of the girls hope that there
are boys out there who will respect a girl, who will want them for far more than
just physical reasons. It has given them hope in many ways.As far
as the love not being realistic, we all experience love differently. My sister
and I loved to discuss how it reminded us of when we were initially dating our
husbands, and everything was mysterious and enrapturing. But relationships grow
and deepen, and love and respect are expressed differently. I think Bella and
Edward began to do this in the third book, and I am excited to see how it
develops.Stephenie did an excellent job raising serious questions
about life and life for all to understand.
I love Twilight and the whole series! They kept me on edge and I want more
EDWARD!@!! I totally have a crush on him(yes, yes I know he is not real)I can't
wait for August and I certainly can't wait for December for the movie! I have
been following the making of it and it looks GREAT!!! I am also Lds and I see a
good message in this book. There are morals and a beautiful relationship
between Bella and Edward. Lighten up, people! It's a GREAT read! I NEED BOOK
I, personally,am LDS and yes, they do sleep on the same bed and yes, there are
some heated scenes and some scenes where tempatations are given into, but in the
end they worki t all out the right way,... if edward were away from bella too
long he may loose his " densensitisation" to it,... Mrs.Meyer has wonderful
literatrue that raises important questions about life and who we all are as
people and what we would do for our one true love,.,.. First love and true love
are different that is whu jacob is sooo important ROCK ON STEPHANIE!!
For those of you who like excellent writing, attention to detail, historical
mysteries, fantasy, excellent characterization, and subtle but powerful moral
principles, I'd like to suggest Anne Perry, a British LDS writer. Sister Perry
deals with strong themes in a powerful but sensitive way. Her Come Armageddon
is as powerful a fantasy novel as one could find, and her two mystery series
show her depth of compassionate spirituality--she is NEVER preachy, and in fact,
many of her readers probably never knew she is LDS, although she is very open
about her faith on her web site. I've read her for about 30 years, my husband
has recently started reading her stuff and I've met and talked with her. She is
what a fine writer should be!
My daughter (13)and I love the Twilight books. It is a fine series in which Ms.
Meyer has taken the opportunity to create characters who, even in the most
impossible circumstances, struggle to do good. I find Ms. Meyer very
responsible in presenting characters who value friendship, family, chastity,
commitment and education. Aside from the vampire twist, Bella and Edward, like
typical teens, experience loneliness, sexual tension, and growing pains. As in
some of the world's most loved classics about young people, these characters are
presented in a way that is appealing to all ages. It's an excellent story!
Mr/Ms Ocult,If you took the time to read her books, you would know that
the Vampire in this book dosen't drink blood. it's not about blood lust.
Time magazine refered to the way Mrs. Meyers writes "absolutely, deliciously
filthy." Personally, I was worried when the main character lets the
vampire sneak into her bedroom, and climb onto her bed next to her as she falls
asleep. Even though he's on top of the sheets & she's under them, this isn't a
great idea for any young pair!!!!It also worried me that almost the whole
second book was the main character majorly depressed over her not-possible
relationship, to the point of self-neglect & loss of normal, healthy desire --
my daughter was struggling with depression at the time we were introduced to the
book, so I was looking for how this character got help.She didn't, really,
nor was she shown hope except by dying & becoming a vampire herself. Not what my
daughter needed to hear when she was struggling with suicidal thoughts.Mrs. Meyers is a gifted author -- please include the hope that the world
needs, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ offers in your books! So many people
need that hope!!!
Home of a Y chromosone and acually liked the books. The plot was fascinating, it
was easy to be sympathetic with the characters and most of all it left me
wanting more. It is funny that people criticize it for not promoting role
models, it is the opposite of the criticism from the City Weekly was that it
tried to be too wholesome. The wording to me left something to be desired, but
it is aimed at young girls so go figure. Not as good as Orson Scott Card, but I
think a step in the right direction. Maybe as she gets more experience, her
writing will become stronger.
I am female, I like all of Stephenie Meyers' books (I just finished The Host)
but I hate "chick" books and movies (my background is in engineering). My
husband also liked the Twilight series and we've convinced many of our male
friends to read it. We all liked the action and adventure in the books, despite
the teen angst. We liked the addition to vampire and werewolf mythology. My
husband and I, specifically, have been more than a little impatient with some of
Bella's decisions, but Stephenie's writing is so good, it's like we believe in
Bella when we're in her world.The Host is incredible science
fiction. I kept my expectations down because Stephenie kept apologizing for it
in some of her interviews, but I was really impressed. The aliens she has
created and their view of humans is truly fascinating and thought provoking. My
dad is a 60-something science fiction fan and I'm recommending The Host for him.
I've talked to Stephenie personally for almost a year before her Twilight books
came out. SHE IS AWESOME! A wonderful Mother, Character, and friend. God Bless
Her.GO SNIDERITES!!!I'm totally a fan of her books too. To have such
talent to write those stories :) I'm very jealous.
I think because Stephanie Meyer is LDS that she should represent the church in a
positive way, and I think that she has. I don't think that because she is LDS
that her books should have to have something that young people can look up too.
It's a book and for entertainment. That's what is great about books, it can be
Ok, So as I read the negative comments about Meyers morals in writing the books,
I am amazed at how sheltered we mormons can be. HELLO!!! The truth is that yes,
there are some parts of the books where things got heated between Bella and
Edward. But truthfully, we mormons are humans and have the priviledge of
experiencing emotions in connection with our bodies -we cannot deny them or hide
them -what matters is how we act on these feelings. Edward oviously makes the
right choice. I am an English Lit graduate and because of my degree I
considered writing but like Meyer said, it is a risky exposure of yourself, I
believe she is very brave to put herself out there and be judged by all.
Especially, what a challenge to be a mormon and be judged by mormons, lets not
tare her down. The important thing to remember for Stephanie is that she is not
writing to PLEASE all. She is writing because she has an incredible talent and
she has a passion for her stories and her characters. Let people who are not
afraid to think outside the box read her stories!!!
I love Stephanie's books! I'm a poor college student and can't afford The Host,
but I'm super excited to get a hold of it. I agree that they are chic books,
but for all you guys reading them, Learn from Edward! If you want a girl,
immitate him and treat the girl you love like he treats Bella and you will be
loved for life!
I read the whole series and they were fairly good. My only thought is that I
would call them chic-books. I will read others that she might write. I did
feel she had somewhat of a struggle to keep the girl chaste and did pretty good
I was gripped throughout the first 2 books and by the third lost patience with
Bella (she reminded me of too many girls I knew in high school). Nonetheless,
Ms. Meyers possesses a great talent for creating a very enjoyable story.To the other guys who have asked if they would like the Twilight Series,
if you like romantic novels then yes. First and foremost these are stories
about love. It is certainly a universal theme and that is no doubt why Ms.
Meyers novels have achieved such success. Beyond the love theme, she has
created fantastic characters. Her descriptions are such that I really feel like
I know them.
Read the first book.That's 5 hours of my life I'll never get back.
To 50+ Male:Having not read the books, I'm curious about your
statement that the way Edward treats Bella is "not going to happen in real
life". What exactly does Edward do for Bella that you would not do for your
wife? And, if not, why not?
I love the last comment by 50+male. Thanks for the reality check.I like
sci-fi, fantasy fiction stuff. I think the important thing to remember is that
its fiction. As long as you dont start looking for vampires, saying magic words
and expecting things to happen, or thinking youve gained some new 6th sense that
makes you powerful, sit back and enjoy a great read. That of course is just my
personal opinion and if you feel otherwise dont bother to tell me because I only
read these things once.I thought there were only 3 books in the twilight
series. I was horrified as anticipation for the next book filled me when I
realized at the end of book 3 that I was wrong. Well done Mrs. Myers. I
especially enjoy reading these books out loud with my best friend. We laughed
so hard when Alice kidnapped Bella in exchange for the yellow sports car and
wasnt sorry at all. Thanks for entertaining us.
After my wife and married daughters raved about how good the books are I began
reading them. Indeed they are a quick read, nice when a person wants to forget
his/her present situation. One negative is that women want us men to act and
treat them like Edward does Bella. Not going to happen in real life. I guess
that is why it is called fiction.
Mormons are not commanded to avoid R rated movies. Do you honestly think the
First Presidency would allow a committee of Hollywood types to set LDS
standards? President Hinckley advised members to seek out good entertainment
and to avoid that which is base, obscene, vulgar and without merit. There are
many PG and PG13 movies that meet that definition. Some of the finest movies
ever made have been rated R because they are not suitable for kids, yet they are
not just suitable for adults but also highly recommended for adults. If you're
not comfortable watching an R rated movie, skip it but don't preach to me. I
use my free agency to view what I consider to be educational, inspiring,
patriotic, entertaining, wholesome and worthwhile. If the Bible were filmed as
written, it would be X rated. A realistic portrayal of the New Testament
account of the last day of Christ would be R rated. Oh, wasn't that what it was
rated? I certainly won't let a committee composed of moviemakers and others
decide what is suitable for me to watch.
I would for sure recommend The Host to you. It is great sci-fi. Body snatchers
totally creep me out. If you enjoy fantasy then I would recommend the Twilight
series to you as well. I've had one male friend say it was too teenage girly for
him, but my husband and many other men I know read and enjoyed them. Enjoy.
Hey, I'm a guy and 56 years old. Would any of you readers of Ms. Meyer out there
recommend this book to an old coger like me?
"also how about the subtle background theme of trying to be a better person
regardless of the hand you've been dealt."I wouldn't exactly call
that theme subtle. "Overt to the point of intrusive" is more like it.However, I will say I like her writing style. It's clean (in both literary and
moral senses) and straightfoward, without feeling dumbed down or preachy, aside
from the obvious.
Some of you guys are just as bad as the presidential election. Why aren't you
condemning those who write bad books who claim they are Catholic? Stephanie
does not write bad books and if you think she does, then you have your own
issues and need to start singing hymns in your head to get your whacked thoughts
out. Don't you notice a trend? Mormons are always put on the spotlight (poor
Romney. the church was running for president, not him). So, enjoy her wonderful
talent of SCI FI. It is amazing work. She is very knowledgeable and only she
is in charge of her eternal salvation. Quit judging her. If you have such an
issue about it, dont read her books and get off of it!And for the person
who stated she should be a model instead of a writerthey have special groups and
classes for people like you.
Also to Judy,Yes you are entitled to your opinion. However, if you find
her books to be a waste of your time then why are you "wasting your precious
time" reading articles online about her?? Obviously you must have some interest.
With that said, I personally adore Stephenie. Her writing is truly
astonishing and quite engaging as well. The Twilight series has inspired so many
fans to reawaken their imaginations and has given them reason to believe that,
just like the stories in Stephenie Meyer's head came to life on the pages of a
book, the stories and works of art in their heads can come to life in both the
same and different ways as well too! Her stories are ones that will continue to
capture readers interests and imaginations for years to come. Stephenie is
already one of the greatest writers of all time in my book and I can't wait to
see what other stories come from her intriguing mind in the future!
My wife and daughter are junkies. Personally, I don't get it. I have struggled
through the first two books so I can try to bond with the fam. No go. As
adults we know this is fiction but what about these young impressionable youth
that are reading these stories. If we can't have our "one true love" we try to
kill ourselves? Edward going to Italy and Bella getting a motorcycle and cliff
jumping. How many of us married our first love? At least it keeps the kids
reading I guess.
I'll just let you two girls fight it out!
Andrea I'm totally with. It's amazing how people who have never read the novels
decide they are going to make blanket statements about the books' value. I think
Thumper (from Bambi) said it best when he said, "If you don't have anything nice
to say, don't say anything at all." Perhaps we should change it to, "If you
haven't read the books don't say anything about them."
Amen, andrea! what you said says it all.
To Judy;you are entitled to your opinion however how can you say I quote
"There is nothing in them that could be a role model for the many teens reading
them." when this series obviously promotes the idea of abstinence until
marriage, in a world where morality is easily exchange for money or popularity
is refreshing to find some solace in a popular book, also how about the subtle
background theme of trying to be a better person regardless of the hand you've
been dealt. Please read the series before you make such an ignorant remark.
I find her books to be a waste of time.Why not use her talent to do something up
lifting. There is nothing in them that could be a role model for the many teens
Don't forget one of the most famous sci-fi writers of all time, Orson Scott
Card, is a devout Latter-day Saint Mormon. In fact, he often incorporates some
Mormon ideas in his writing. Also, Glen Larson, who wrote Battle
Star Galactica, was also a Mormon, and he put some pretty obvious Mormon ideas
in that show, including allusions to temple sealings, eternal marriage,etc. Obviously, reading or writing sci-fi and fantasy novels is not against
church doctrine, as long as it is done tastefully, and doesn't promote
immorality, or other sinful behavior. As for connections with the
occult being evil at face value, some people say Mormonism is occult. People
need to realize, the true meaning of occult is simply unknown, or hidden, secret
(sacred) wisdom. By that definition, the study of occult teachings is not
necessarily evil. Otherwise, the teachings of the Temple, which are sacred, and
thus hidden from the outside world, could be considered evil.
Brilliant article. I am always eager to read anything on Stephenie. I can't
wait to see what else she has in store for us.
I love you Stephenie! I'm LDS and her books are amazing. Keep on writing!
I am LDS and served a mission and I lover her books. I have never in my
lifetime heard any teaching or anything saying books, movies or entertainment
about witches,vampires,monsters etc. is off limits. We have been told to avoid
R rated movies. There are several Christian denominations that would call her
books Occultic and evil. Similar to what they said about Harry Potter. And I
have even known a few LDS people who felt that way. However, the majority that
I know of do not feel this way. And there has never been any church position on
such matters, that I know of.
Omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can not believe how awesome her books are!!!!!!!!!!! I have
read the first one 30 times, I've counted! I can't wait for trhe 4th book in the
twilight series to come out!!!!!!!!!! I have read the 2nd book only 8 times
'cause it has too much Jacob. I've read the 3rd one 24 times!!!!!! Stephanie
Meyer is such a powerful writer! I started the series in February!!!!!!Ceily Thomas Age 11
I just love her and her work. Everything she has done is just so addicting and
she just has this amazing personality. Thank you for this.
Occult mschult. Writing about vampires isn't occultic. She's not teaching kids
how to become vampires and suck people's blood out. She's telling a fantasy
derived story. Where a young man finds himself to be a vampire, and still tries
to rise above his natural tendencies to be a better being. I can't believe how
overly literal people can be when it comes to FICTION.
After reading Twilight, I think she would be a much better model than writer.
She is hot!
My bad, I thought she graduated from Alta now I'm told she attended Alta High.
Still a Hawk!
>OccultI'm firmly LDS and a geek. Reading and writing fantasy and
sci-fi is not against the standards of the church at all. I don't read
individual books that contain offensive material, just as Meyer doesn't write
it. There's no reason the two very broad sci-fi and fantasy genres would be
considered taboo altogether. They're just stories. That would be like asking how
an orthodox LDS sports fan can justify watching football on Monday night because
the team plays on Sunday too.
Nobody says authors can't be attractive, Sub-Odeon. Nobody. Leave the strawman
arguments to the political pages.
She didn't graduate from Alta! She grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. She still lives
in the north scottsdale/cave creek area.
An Alta high school grad!.
How does an apparently orthodox, Sunday go-to-meeting Mormon justify her
affinity with the occult? Vampires, blood lust, aliens? Please, all you rabid
readers, enlighten me. I thought that stuff was taboo for LDS.
Can't wait to read the new one! What great work she will have for us in the
Who says authors can't be attractive? Mrs. Meyer is stunning.And
kudos to Meyer for finding success in the fiction world; where tens of thousands
long to break in every year, but only a handful actually succeed.
I just finished Eclipse last night and can hardly wait for the fourth book in
the Twilight series. I went online last night to find out when that book would
be published (Aug 2) and was overjoyed to find she had written The Host. Not
only that, but the first Twilight movie will be released in December 2008! I
watched the trailer. Can't wait!Meyer is a wonderfully talented
writer and I look forward to many more of her books.
I love her books! Thanks!