“Beatlemania is the comparison that everybody makes, but Twilight is more like the Beatles in reverse. Beatlemania was a reaction to the buttoned-down, sexually repressed pop culture of the 1950s. Twilight is a reaction to the reaction — it’s a retreat from the hedonistic hookup culture that the sexual revolution begot. Nobody hooks up in Twilight. Meyer put sex back underground, transmuted it back into yearning, where it became, paradoxically, exponentially more powerful. ‘For me, the appeal of the vampire is safe sexuality,’ says Melissa Rosenberg, who has written the screenplays for all the Twilight movies. ‘It’s the ultimate romantic ideal. You have the allure of the danger. And yet there’s only so far you can go.'”
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