Stephenie Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona.
She is quite devout, following the Mormon prescription of abstaining from alcohol and/or tobacco.2 Plus, literary and film critics the world over are convinced that Meyer’s books (and the subsequent films) are littered with Mormon references and imagery, often citing the fact that the main character, Bella, avoids coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco3 and that the lovestruck couple, around which the stories revolve, don’t actually have sex until they get married.4
But Meyer herself is understandably tired of talking about being Mormon. She sees herself as no different then the millions of other religious Americans. She said:
It seems funny that [my being Mormon is] still a story. Because you didn’t hear people saying, ‘Jon Stewart, Jewish writer,’ when his book came out. I guess being a Mormon is just odd enough that people think it’s still a real story. Obviously, to me, it seems super normal. It’s just my religion.5
Politics of the undead
Meyer is rather non-political. I thought she’d be an automatic Mitt Romney supporter in the 2012 presidential election–but she didn’t say if she was or wasn’t.
She has been accused of being anti-feminist, mainly because the main character of the Twilight series, Bella, is often physically abused by her would-be suitors–and still continues to submit to them.6 Meyer has disputed these claims, offering well-reasoned and eloquent rebuttals,6 but she also said:
The politics I never think of when I’m writing. It’s about a story that is interesting to me.7
If it’s true what they say, Meyer’s writing could betray her subconscious. Still, we’re left with no leg to stand on in Meyer’s political categorization. If you know anything, help us out in the comments.
- YA Novels and Mormon Memoirs. BYU Magazine. [↩]
- The Host Stephenie Meyer. The Host Trilogy. [↩]
- Mormon Influence, Imagery Run Deep Through ‘Twilight.’ The Huffington Post. [↩]
- Stephenie Meyer’s Mormonism and the “erotics of abstinence.” A Motley Vision. [↩]
- ‘Twilight’ author Stephenie Meyer unfazed as fame dawns. USA Today. [↩]
- Anti-Feminism and the Illusion of Choice: Critical Analysis of Twilight. Fanpop. [↩] [↩]
- “Twilight Author Stephenie Meyer: “The politics I never think of when I’m writing.” BAM’s Blog. [↩]