Stephanie Meyer: Teen Vampires Without The Sex
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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