Monday, March 18, 2013

Vampires and Mormons are the same thing....

Whoa, please don't roll over me with a religious paving wheel just yet. I have spent a fair amount of time in Mormon churches and, though I am not nor have ever been a member, I have found the people in its congregations to be among the most sincere, least hypocritical and kindest I have yet to meet. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that a very well-known family of vampires were based on a real-life Mormon family.
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

We are obviously talking about Stephanie Meyer's Cullen family from the enormously popular Twilight Saga. If you remember, they are the vamps who don't drink blood and who genuinely seem to care about the humans around them. Stephanie Meyer comes from a devout Mormon family, and in a recent interview she says she subconsciously imbued the Cullins with the same close-knit unity and moral virtuosity that she had grown up around.

In many ways, I think this is one of the most exciting features of the hybrid fiction that is making its way to mainstream pop culture. Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Hunger Games are other great examples of fantastic, otherworldly stories being humanized in unique ways. I, for one, hope we see many more Twilight-style successes in our future.

Her Yearning for Blood, Episode One
Her Yearning for Blood, Episode Two

If you'd like to read more about Stephanie Meyer, she did a fabulous interview with Oprah Winfrey. You can find it here:

Zachary Pill, Of Monsters and Magic (The Zachary Pill series - book 1 in the wizard dragon epic fantasy)

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