Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality

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Rebecca Housel, J. Jeremy Wisnewski
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 8, 2009 - Philosophy - 272 pages
The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series

Bella and Edward, and their family and friends, have faced countless dangers and philosophical dilemmas in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. This book is the first to explore them, drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to answer essential questions such as: What do the struggles of "vegetarian" vampires who control their biological urge for human blood say about free will? Are vampires morally absolved if they kill only animals and not people? From a feminist perspective, is Edward a romantic hero or is he just a stalker? Is Jacob "better" for Bella than Edward?

As absorbing as the Meyer novels themselves, Twilight and Philosophy:

  • Gives you a new perspective on Twilight characters, storylines, and themes
  • Helps you gain fresh insights into the Twilight novels and movies
  • Features an irresistible combination of vampires, romance, and philosophy

Twilight and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every Twilight fan, whether you're new to the series or have followed it since the beginning.


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User Review  - seldombites - LibraryThing

This book was very difficult to read - not due to the writing style, but the reasoning. Many of their arguments were made in convoluted, over-complicated ways when they could have been stated simply ... Read full review

so off base

User Review  - ebzmom - Borders

First, I find it highly offensive when people write about topics they are not familiar with. This author bases an entire chapter on Bella's vegetarianism because she ordered Mushroom Ravioli after ... Read full review

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The Moral Hazards
Love and Authority among Wolves
All the Old Myths
The Second Sex Negotiates
Undead Patriarchy and the Possibility of Love
Fact vs Fiction for the Girl
Our Fatal Attraction
Bellas Vampire Semiotics
For the Strength of Bella? Meyer Vampires
Ladies and Gentlemen Introducing

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Rebecca Housel coedited X-Men and Philosophy. A former professor of English and popular culture in western New York, she now serves on editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture. Also an author of middle-grade fiction, she is currently working on a new young adult novel.

J. Jeremy Wisnewski is an assistant professor of philosophy at Hartwick College, the coeditor of X-Men and Philosophy, and the editor of Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office and Philosophy.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

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