Most Important Themes in "Twilight" Series?What are the most important themes in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series? Just curious as to what one would perceive as the overarching and most...

Most Important Themes in "Twilight" Series?

What are the most important themes in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series? 

Just curious as to what one would perceive as the overarching and most significant themes in Meyer's vampire saga...


Major themes in the Twilight Saga include love, choice, and the battle between good and evil. Bella and Edward share a forbidden love complicated by the fact that Edward is a vampire. His heroic actions, including saving Bella's life on multiple occasions, make him the perfect boyfriend, and his beauty makes him a romantic ideal. He's also what would be considered a "good" vampire, because he and his coven drink animal blood instead of feeding on humans. Edward is pitted against James, the villain of the novel, who openly hunts humans, including Bella. James kidnaps and very nearly kills Bella, but Edward arrives at the last minute to save the day again. In the end, Bella must choose between being human or joining Edward in eternal life.

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dswain001 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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The themes that you could pull from the book for your paper are endless. This series has so many layers to this story that you could write a wonderful paper on the fist book alone. There's always the old standby of Good v. Evil. You have the Cullens v. the Volturi, Jacob v. Edward, James v. Edward. Who decides what makes someone good and someone else bad? Are there different levels of evil? Then there is the theme of love. The unrequited love that Jacob has for Bella. The forbidden love between Bella and Edward. Many of the themes in the Twilight Saga parallel those found in Romeo and Juliet. Meyers often makes references to the Shakespeare play in the first and second novels. I'm sure that this was not done by accident. Another theme you may want to explore is "Choice". Should Bella choose Edward or Jacob? Should she stay human or become a vampire? Should she keep her baby or not? In New Moon, Edward makes a choice to leave Bella and then chooses to come back to her. The possibilities are endless. Good luck!

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I think the most important theme of the Twilight series (especially in the early books) is the ethical choice that the Cullens make. They choose to deny their own nature in order to be moral people. There is also a lot of talk about the soul, and the question of whether vampires have souls (Edward doesn't think so, Carlisle believes they do).

In response to Jlcannad, I agree that the last book is very different from the first three. Part of me was happy that it everyone gets to live happily ever after and be fulfilled, but another part of me doesn't quite believe that everything would get wrapped up so nicely like that. I think there are a lot of conflicting ideas regarding the last book out there, but if Meyer had killed off Bella, think of how many angry fans there would be!

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jlcannad | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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I agree that the Mormon concept of "agency" or choice is foremost in the first three books.  Does Edward choose temptation or protecting Bella.  Does Bella choose her vampire or her werewolf? Is it better to have true love or children?  An education or immortal life?  Freedom or love?  There's always choice in the books, which is why the last book is just so odd.  Jacob's choice is ripped from him when he imprints on Bella's child.  Bella's need to choose is ripped away when she gets the vampire and a child.  Her father... well, that thread just weirdly vanishes.  I truly don't think the last book has anything to do with the first three.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Based on my reading of the books thus far, interviews of Meyers, and reviews of her series, the most important theme of her books deals with the choices we make in life. In one interview, Meyers says, "It doesn't matter where you're stuck in life or what you think you have to do; you can always choose something else. There's always a different path." This is seen in Edward's willingness to resist the temptation to bite Bella's neck, even though his desire to do so is great. Her characters choose to abstain from wrongdoing and show great self-restraint. It is the moral strength of her characters that draw many people to the books.

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isks149 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. Each episode (156 in the original series) is a mixture of self-contained dramapsychological thrillerfantasyscience fictionsuspense, or horror, often concluding with a macabre orunexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to serious science fiction and abstract ideas through television and also through a wide variety of Twilight Zone literature.

The program followed in the tradition of earlier shows like Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)—which also dramatized the short story "What You Need"—and Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957), as well as radio programs such as The Weird CircleX Minus One, and the radio work of Serling's hero, dramatist Norman Corwin.

The success of the series led to a feature film, a radio series, a comic book, a magazine, and various other spin-offs that spanned five decades, such as two "revival" television series. The first ran on CBS and in syndication in the 1980s, and another that ran on UPN from 2002 to 2003.


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msnewbooklover | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

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the most important themes are the choices we made which made impossibe possibe.Other important are the love and the obstacles u face but if u become determine over ur decisions u usually wins..!

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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This topic is very fantastic ... thank his subject, and all those who participated it.
I have benefited a lot from your views.

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meganmjh | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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I'd say that the most important themes in the twilight series includes;
love obviously... and lust, as well as endurance/persistance, competence, security, belief, power, role of man vs. woman.

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litprofessor | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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I believe there are three main themes in the Twilight series.  First, there is of course true love and what that means.  Secondly, there is the struggle between good and evil, both between the characters as well as an internal struggle within Edward's psyche. Lastly, I think the struggle between life and death is of utmost importance. 

As far as academic readings on these books, you are likely not going to find much.  You could compare Edward's fight against the evil inside of him to another character in literature's same fight.  For example, Harry Potter has a similar struggle to not embrace the dark side of his destiny.

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hamletu | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Pretty much all that can be said here has been said.

Undying, unconditional, eternal love, and the choices that need to be made in life.


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evelynguy3 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) eNoter

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I agree with dswain001 about there being a lot of themes that can be drawn from the book. One, of course, is that true love wins out. Also, the theme of morality and conscience, not just in the Cullens, but in several characters, is strong. Also, the theme that sometimes (most times?) whichever choice one makes stand to hurt or lose something.

The theme of sacrifice is a big one. There is sacrifice from almost all the characters, from Bella’s dad, to Edward, to the Cullen’s, and Jacob.


There is also a theme of hope. Whenever things seem to be falling apart, a glimpse of hope shines through.


There are almost an unlimited number of themes that can be drawn from these books.


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