Stephanie Meyer: Teen Vampires Without The Sex

April 30, 2008 at 11:57 am 2 comments

According to a Time Magazine profile, Stephanie Meyer may very well be the next J.K. Rowling. Meyer, a Mormon housewife from Phoenix, has found success writing Young Adult vampire novels. She has sold more than 5 million books in the US, has a movie adaptation debuting in December, and a strong Fan Fiction following. What is evidently remarkable about the books, however, is not their racy content but their lack of it. According to the profile:

What makes Meyer’s books so distinctive is that they’re about the erotics of abstinence. Their tension comes from prolonged, superhuman acts of self-restraint.

With all the press about teens reading hyper-sexualized fiction (Zane, Gossip Girl, et al), this is an interesting, and powerfully well-selling counter-trend. Says Meyer:

I get some pressure to put a big sex scene in. But you can go anywhere for graphic sex. It’s harder to find a romance where they dwell on the hand-holding.



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lwayswright  |  May 1, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Sounds like an interesting read. And, I am from Phoenix….and haven’t heard of her…I must be living under a rock…oh wait…I have a million children!

  • 2. Sameer  |  July 31, 2008 at 3:23 am

    She’s sort of a hack. At least the story in Rowling’s books were interesting.


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