'Twilight' Stars: What Mormon Subtext?

The actors refute an online theory that there's a specific religious meaning in the vampire saga

If there's anything people love more than reading Twilight, it's reading things into Twilight. The internet is abuzz with theories about the saga: that it's feminist or anti-feminist, pro-religion or anti-religion, a metaphor for sexual purity or a classic morality tale. But two of the most popular Twilight talking-points are the books' alleged Mormon and pro-life messages. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart simply refuse to buy into the speculation.

In an upcoming interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Twilight Saga: Eclipse stars are asked whether Bella's vampiric pregnancy in Breaking Dawn (which she refuses to end, even though it endangers her life) is evidence of the story's pro-life, Mormon leanings.

"No, because it made sense," replies Stewart. "Not wanting to give up the baby is about her holding onto that last thing she would have to give up if she was not human anymore. Right after she and Edward sleep with each other for the first time, she says, 'Oh, f***, I might want to be human for a little bit longer.' The baby is just as an even more intense version of that."

Pattinson agrees, joking, "I think people make up all these Mormon references just so they can publish Twilight articles in respectable publications like the New York Times." He also points out that "even Stephenie [Meyer] said it doesn't mean any of that. It is based on a dream."

Fair enough. Of course, most who believe the Twilight books have a Mormon subtext don't think that Meyer was trying to write about her faith, but suspect that her strong Mormon beliefs subconsciously snuck into the story. So it's all still open for interpretation -- whether by Pattinson, the New York Times, or fanatic fans online.

The new EW interview also includes Kristen Stewart referring to Bella's child, Renesmee, as a "little teeth-baby" (after which Robert Pattinson laughs at her).

Do you think there is a hidden subtext in Twilight? Chime in below!

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