On the Twilight Saga

Introduction: The Psychology of Twilight

By Alexis Black, E. David Klonsky, Ph.D.

We (David and Alexis), like millions of people across the world, are Twilight fans. Actually–when we say we’re “fans,” we mean something a little more involved than just reading the books. We’ve attended midnight releases of the books and movies, dressed up in glitter and Twilight T-shirts to surprise our friends at the airport, and just may have read all of the books (Midnight Sun!) too many times to count. And we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to combine two of our interests: psychology and Twilight.

We’re a husband and wife team, so it may not be surprising that many of our reasons for enjoying Twilight are similar. We’re both compelled by the chemistry between Edward and Bella. We love Charlie, Bella’s somewhat distant but unquestioningly loving dad. We both remember the emotional roller-coaster of high school, and what it’s like to experience unrequited love, like Jacob does. And we love spending time with the complex, three-dimensional world of characters that Stephenie Meyer has created–including the Volturi, the Quileute, and the Cullen clan.

At the same time, we’ve disagreed about many things–and passionately! For starters, Alexis is Team Edward, and David is Team Jacob.

We also disagree about why Bella and Edward’s relationship is so compelling for so many. David emphasizes immortality. He argues that many fairy tales tell captivating stories of intense and perfect love. But unlike Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and her prince, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, and other couples from classic love stories, only Edward and Bella have a chance  …

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