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...

Quick Answer

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 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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!

slchanmo1885 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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!

jlcannad eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

isks149 | Student

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.


jbrenw | Student

sparkling vampires...... nuff said

msnewbooklover | Student

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..!

loraaa | Student

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

meganmjh | Student

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.

helloiamhalima | Student

mostly in twilight its about jacob and edword.. they are both in love with bella but bella likes edword.

litprofessor | Student

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.

hamletu | Student

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.


evelynguy3 | Student

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.


mahijain | Student

according to me its all about vampires

bop577 | Student


iulia06 | Student

I agree to the fact that the Choice is one of the most important themes in the 'Twilight' series but for the romantic ones the love between Edward and Bella is very important too. It can be considered another big theme. People can take this as an example and can learn how to make their choices in life and even how to live their lifes.

phillipathompson | Student

I think the theme is good vs. evil. The cullens against who ever they are fighting

deb57 | Student

The Twilight Series is one that speaks the age old language of love and the choices we all face in choosing...neither of Bella's choices are the safe choice are they?  Afterall, a human marrying a mythical isn't exactly what mom's want for their children.  However, given the choice of warmth vs cool...well, I think Bella just followed her heart's passion.  When we choose the one we love, life's difficulties are surmountable...really anything...Bella with vampire.  When we choose someone we love but will not put before ourselves....doomed relationship.  Bella chose love; she would never be happy with anyone else.

mfrison | Student

Although I absolutely agree to the theme of choice in the Twilight series, I also see a dominant theme of acceptance for who you are.  These two themes go hand in hand for the entirety of the series.  The acceptance is shown in many different forms, as in Bella being loved by Edward for who she is, despite any flaws she feels she has or mistakes that she makes. These are her choices that are still ultimately accepted by Edward and others who love her because it is who she is.  It is also shown in the Cullen family's acceptance of Bella, despite her glaring difference and danger to the family.  It is also shown in Jacob's unrequited love for Bella.  He loves her and makes the choice to accept all parts of her she is willing to share, despite the pain it causes him.  This could go on and on and it would be easy to take these two themes and combine them for a more layered essay or discussion rather than just focusing on choices which is prominate but also carries less depth than if you connected two or more themes and explained how they are used to compliment or contradict one another.

fergusonsr | Student

Over thinking it entirely! I might be a 14 year old girl but I know my Twilight, and this might let you see a different point.  First off it's Edwards never ending, everlasting love for Bella! Thats def a major theme. Then it would have to be the choice Bella has to make over the two people she cares most about(Edward, Jacob). But really lets get serious and think about the dark gothic theme about all of it that makes us girls fall in love. The strange mythical creatures like vampires or werewolves that just make us melt! Recap- Love, The choice, and The dark theme. Dosen't that sound just about right? Perfect novel! Mystery, fantasy, love, friendship, final dession...!! Hope this helped!

kyrak | Student

I too agree with many of what the posters are saying. There ARE many themes that can be taken away from the Twilight series. But, in my opinion love conquers all is one of the biggest ones. Additionally, the "love conquers all" theme is kind of the umbrella theme, overarching all the others. For example, Edward's resisting temptation....he does that for love. His love for Bella conquers his temptation.

Many have talked about choices being the theme. Well, many of the choices were made in the name of love. So again, love conquers.

shizza123 | Student

Also.... it has this whole thing called POETIC JUSTIC, I think.... in Shakespeare's language, where good wins over evil!

shizza123 | Student

awesome question, by the way.... I never really thought of this before.... :)

shizza123 | Student

The Twilight series might speak to you about life and death (Edward/ other vampires are alive, but dead!)

It might tell you something about nature. Vampires are a creation of nature, yet, the unnaturally creating new vampires is also there. (+ supernatural powers vampires  have)



lola1597 | Student

I disagree with some points. The main theme in Twilight is Love. The quote, so the lamb fell in love with the lion means that love has no rules or laws. Love is love, just because you fall in love with something different doesnt mean there is something wrong with you, it just means LOVE. Love is something no one can control, not even you, but only your heart. This is the main theme. Love.

hilalfeyza | Student

I think main theme of Twilligt series is personal choices.In everday life we have to decide somethings even if they are right or not.Everyone  choıces his own way of life.It is based on our choices.Bella choices to live with Edward.She does not care about being a wampire she only wants to live with edward.Choices shape our life

xbbe | Student

There are lots of topics.

jgramack | Student

Twilight's themes are immortality, love, humanity, and many others.

a good site for quotes from any one of the books chapter by chapter is

gymnastbabe | Student

i need to summerize this book for a boo report that i forgot to do and it helped me very much i almost forgot about it and then i remembered my frnd had a report he had to do and he used this web site!!

jasferbalderas | Student

i need some themes of twilight because i have a project in english.. my book report..thanks

sanoo | Student

hii.. im doing my essay on twilight.. however i neeed academic readings.. and quotes.. using the theme.. good.vs.evil or choice... can anyone help? thanks.

twilighter09 | Student

I have to write a book talk on a fictional book I've read, and i chose Twilight, and when it comes to interpreting the theme, I think it's that love is stronger then temptation. Edward had never wanted to kill someone, or drink someones blood so much, but his love for Bella stops him from harming her. Infact, he goes to the ends of the earth trying to protect her.

scarc91989 | Student

I think that there are two important themes in the series. They are choice and unconditional love.

Throughout the series you see all the characters making choices that are difficult for them. Edward must choose to resist the temptation of Bella's blood. Bella must choose whether to become a vampire and live with Edward forever or stay human and eventually die. And much more.

Unconditional love is what is guiding all the choices, in my opinion. Edward loves Bella so he resists her blood. Bella makes the choice to become a vampire to stay with Edward forever. And, even though, Jacob hates Edward for being a vampire and Bella for wanting to be one he still protects them because of his love for Renesmee.

But, take from the book what you want.

bd123 | Student

I have to write a paper on the twighlight Series with the main focus being the themes of the book. I do agree that the main theme would be choice becuase bella is always conflicted with choices she has to make. also i do agree that the final book sort of endded with no loose ends wich seems odd and very differnt then the other books , but i guess its a good finish to a great story. I was wondering about what other Themes were in the book and any idea you have about it. Please feel free to Send anyting to my email and im very intersted in what you all have to say

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oh and who do you think she should have dated Edward or Jacob

studyholic | Student

i disagree to a point. I think its just a closing. If you have more choices, instead of them making them for you, then the books wouldn't be finished. You see this kind of closing through any book series...for an example: Harry Potter.

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