Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 263–278

Vampires, Desire, Girls and God: Twilight and the Spiritualities of Adolescent Girls


DOI: 10.1007/s11089-010-0322-7

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Mercer, J.A. Pastoral Psychol (2011) 60: 263. doi:10.1007/s11089-010-0322-7


Fantasy fiction long has been read for its capacity to narrate religious meanings and themes for young readers. Since its publication in 2005, Stephenie Meyer’s young adult series Twilight, in which an adolescent girl falls in love with a vampire, has become a pop culture phenomenon among U.S. teen girls. Although vampires usually represent dangerous desire, rarely have these creatures been treated as spiritually attractive figures. Using feminist perspectives on the psychology of gender and Christian feminist theology, this article offers a critical exploration of Twilight’s constructions of intimate relationships, supernatural masculinities, and girlhood, arguing that Twilight’s girl-appeal stems from its ability to tap into both the sexual and spiritual desires of girls.


Adolescent girls Feminist theology Feminist psychology Desire Mormon religion 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia Theological SeminaryAlexandriaUSA

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