- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470484233
- ISBN-13: 978-0470484234
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 694,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) Paperback – 18 Sep 2009
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From the Back Cover
What can vampires tell us about the meaning of life?
Is Edward a romantic hero or a dangerous stalker?
Is Bella a feminist? Is Stephenie Meyer?
How does Stephenie Meyer′s Mormonism fit into the fantastical world of Twilight?
Is Jacob "better" for Bella than Edward?
The answers to these philosophical questions and more can be found inside Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality. With everything from Taoism to mind reading to the place of God in a world of vampires, this book offers some very tasty philosophy for both the living and the undead to sink their teeth into. Whether you′re on Team Edward or Team Jacob, whether you loved or hated Breaking Dawn, this book is for you!
About the Author
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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Unsurprisingly, given that this volume collects essays from many different writers, the results were mixed. The first chapter, by George A. Dunn, wasn't that promising. He uses Edward's appetite for Bella to inform the reader about the Platonic conception of Eros (erotic love). It's informative and, as a philosopher without great knowledge of Plato, I found it interesting, but I don't think it will be of so much appeal to those more interested in Twilight than philosophy - it seems like it just uses Edward and Bella as a pretext to talk about things that have nothing to do with Twilight.
Thankfully, the second chapter - on the ethics of vegetarianism, by Jean Kazez - is a real eye-opener. As vampires, the Cullens - unlike humans - need to feast on animals to stay alive.Read more ›
If you are serious about your philosophy, as in understanding from Greek philosophers onwards, then you will enjoy this book. It gives the chance to view some of the themes in an excellent series of modern literature, but from a fairly serious academic perspective.
I have lent this book to a teenage friend of my son's, who is also a huge Twilight fan, just to see what she makes of it. The only reason for giving this book four stars is that it is not for the fainthearted.
Unfortunately, I found nothing here I couldn't read online for free. The contributors to this volume either focus too closely on irrelevant detail in the books to make their chosen argument work (essays such as 'The Tao of Jacob' spring to mind) or when they do actually deal directly with the more questionable aspects of the books, such as Edward's stalkerish behaviour or the concept of imprinting among the werewolves, do so far too lightly. I appreciated the essays that analysed Bella's character from a feminist perspective, but felt they could have gone into far more depth rather than repeating the same points again and again. And there wasn't nearly enough discussion of the most interesting issue in the books, in my opinion - Bella's choice to become a vampire. Philosophical ideas are often shoehorned in to add credibility to an essay, rather than adding much to the writer's discussion.
I've given this book three stars because I did enjoy browsing through it, but I wouldn't recommend purchasing it - there's just far more interesting commentary out there on the Twilight phenomenon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As previous posters have mentioned, the book often veers off its premise, instead taking a sociological rather than a philosophical approach to the subject matter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jencat123
I enjoyed reading Twilight and Philosophy, because the book was easy to follow and all concepts/terms were clearly explained. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Malgorzata Sliz
My wife is a big fan of Twilight so I thought this book would be right up her street. I guess I thought it would be more about the films, characters and books - instead the book is... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2010 by David
Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
I'm a huge Twilight fan, & I confess that it... Read more
I bought this book as I'd read the Twilight Saga 3 times in a row and no other book was filling the void for me! Read morePublished on 29 April 2010 by M. Moore
This book would be ideal reading for the female Twilight fan who is intending to study philosophy. Other than that it has little to hold the interest.Published on 11 April 2010 by Mrs. PJ Taylor
There are a few reviews here arguing that the Twilight saga is too light or too inconsequential to deserve a book discussing philosophical issues related to it. Read morePublished on 8 April 2010 by Miss
Confession: I love philosophy.
Confession: I hate Twilight.
So, in light of these two confessions, what do I think of this book? Read more
Haven't worked out how to contact you when the item does not appear - tried via the normal route but they just replied they could not find my order, as if it was a normal order. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2010 by Herbie Green