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Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality (Anglais) Broché – 18 septembre 2009

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The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer′sbestselling Twilight series

Bella and Edward, and their family and friends, have facedcountless dangers and philosophical dilemmas in Stephenie Meyer′sTwilight novels. This book is the first to explore them,drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to answeressential questions such as: What do the struggles of "vegetarian"vampires who control their biological urge for human blood sayabout free will? Are vampires morally absolved if they kill onlyanimals and not people? From a feminist perspective, is Edward aromantic hero or is he just a stalker? Is Jacob "better" for Bellathan Edward?

As absorbing as the Meyer novels themselves, Twilight andPhilosophy:

  • Gives you a new perspective on Twilight characters,storylines, and themes
  • Helps you gain fresh insights into the Twilight novelsand movies
  • Features an irresistible combination of vampires, romance, andphilosophy

Twilight and Philosophy is a must–have companion forevery Twilight fan, whether you′re new to the series or havefollowed it since the beginning.

Quatrième de couverture

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 fantasticalworld of Twilight?

Is Jacob "better" for Bella than Edward?

The answers to these philosophical questions and more can befound inside Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, andthe Pursuit of Immortality. With everything from Taoism to mindreading to the place of God in a world of vampires, this bookoffers some very tasty philosophy for both the living and theundead to sink their teeth into. Whether you′re on Team Edward orTeam Jacob, whether you loved or hated Breaking Dawn, this book isfor you!

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  • Broché: 272 pages
  • Editeur : John Wiley & Sons (18 septembre 2009)
  • Collection : The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0470484233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470484234
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,3 x 1,8 x 22,9 cm
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I am not very good at philosophy and I must confess that I don't always understand what it's all about! However, this book is easy to read. It is divided in 18 chapters. Every one of them is written by a different author and deals with a different topic. The topics I remember best are: "the Byronic hero", "can a vampire be a person" or "mind-reading and morality". I enjoyed discovering the Twilight saga from a different angle, a deeper one in a way. However, I must confess that I did not enjoy chapters 13 and 18. In fact I totally disagree with the author's point of view. But, you'll have to read the book to make up your own opinion!
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Par galadrielle TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 18 août 2013
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Ce n'est pas une analyse philosophique de Twilight. Il aurait mieux valu l'appeler " concepts philosophiques vaguement reliés aux mythes utilisés dans Twilight " . Bien sûr il y est fait mention des personnages de Twilight mais ceux-ci semblent être un prétexte pour vendre. Je n'ai pas réussi à le finir : il me faisait trop penser à un cours de philo, en plus ennuyeux. Je l'ai revendu pas cher.
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Uneven, flawed but worth a read 7 octobre 2009
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As a fan of 'Twilight' and of Blackwell's 'Pop Culture and Philosophy' series, I decided to give this volume a try. My review of the book: not as good as the others. While not actively bad nor mediocre, 'Twilight and philosophy' is much more uneven than other books in the series. Some of the essays are perceptive, in depth discussions, others are rambling, incoherent polemics. One of the things that I like about volumes in the Blackwell series is that the authors clearly love the pop culture subject that they are discussing, but I see no such enthusiasm here. Some of the authors appear to be fans, but a couple of the authors can barely keep their contempt for both their subject matter and their readers in check. The undercurrent through these essays is pretty clear: Twilight is stupid; people who read it are stupid; this is why they are stupid, and this is what we need to do to reprogram them so that they become less stupid. They are entitled to their opinions, but why should I pony up $18 to be told I'm stupid? I can get that from a message board for free.

Some of the gems in the collection:

'The Tao of Jacob': talks about Jacob Black and the way of the werewolf from the Taoist perspective. Fascinating, lovingly crafted, and contains some beautiful prose. The philosophical implications are studied in depth, the author clearly knows the books and the essay is plain fun to read

'Carlisle: more compassionate than a speeding bullet': I did not approach this one with high hopes. I thought the title was silly and had no idea what the author was aiming for. The Terjesens surprised me; this is actually a good character study on Carlisle, the way of life that Carlisle represents and what this means (both in the series and to the reader)

'Undead Patriarchy and the possibility of love': studies the relationship between Edward and Bella in depth and raises questions about the nature of love, the nature of feminism and the meaning of 'equal relationships'. Considers both sides of the issues, but manages to make its case without being shrill.

The bombs:
'Edward Cullen and Bella Swan: byronic and feminist heroes...or not': The short answer is no, Bella sucks (no pun intended), Edward sucks more (pun intended) and 'Jane Eyre' is a better book so you're dumb for reading 'Twilight' instead of 'Jane Eyre'. That's Abigail Myers' contribution in a nutshell, and I wish that I could say that her essay is more in depth than that, but it's not. Remember how I said that some of the authors clearly don't like their subject? This would be one of them.

'Bella Swan and Sarah Palin': The hypothesis of this essay is already pretty strange: women like Bella Swan and they like Sarah Palin and here are the reasons why. Sounds like it belongs on a post with a 'mood of the day' emoticon. Unfortunately, unlike the Terjensens, Naomi Zack never transcends her silly title. Her work is rambling and unfocused, lurching from one point to another, throwing out 50 cent words and other philosophers along the way as if she's hoping that if she sounds smart enough, readers will fail to notice what a shallow piece she's written. She talks a great deal more about Sarah Palin than she does about Bella Swan, never really manages to tie Palin to 'Twilight' beyond the idea that Bella, like Palin is an anti-feminist wish fulfillment model, and caps off the hot mess with a truly bizarre polemic against religious parents and consumerist society, advocating for other "intellectual feminists" to maintain "doctrinal purity" by reprogramming the poor 'Twilight'/Palin brainwashed sheep. I'd be worried about the elitist (self-confessed, no less), bigoted tone of this piece, except few readers are likely to slog through more than 3 paragraphs and will therefore miss her freaky manifesto at the end. I wish that I'd been so lucky.

The rest of the essays are good or average. Worth a look, but I'd buy it on sale or check it out from a library.
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Nice Insights Except for the Vegetarian Essays 16 novembre 2009
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This thought-provoking book of philosophical essays indeed cast new light upon my favorite YA series. Aside from what I consider digressive essays on vegetarianism, each essay's thesis is worth thoughtful consideration, whether one agrees or not with the argument. The essays are rather graphic regarding abusive relationships. The intended audience is teens & adults. Consider pre-reading this book before handing it to a young or an immature teen.
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can't get enough of the twilight series? you might like this read. 26 janvier 2010
Par T. zagara - Publié sur
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Although I'm probably a little older than the typical Twilight fan demographic, I found this compilation of essays interesting and helpful for thinking about the characters and especially for exploring other vampire/werewolf lore, literature, and philosophy that fell through the cracks in college. Essays in this book give you concise background on writers (like the Brontes, Lord Byron)in a easy and conversational style. I actually found the footnotes good for tracking down other books, biographies, and videos which I have checked out at the library or (of course!)ordered on Literature and philosophy courses in college would probably be more engaging if professors lectured like the contributors to this book write.
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Interesting, thought provoking, a bit overanalytical 20 avril 2010
Par Tara L. Pryde - Publié sur
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This will be short: I'm a big Twilight fan so was interested to see what this book was all about. I found it to be worthwhile, although a bit overanalytic. I mean really--delving into the name of "Forks" because it is a sharp, pointed object? Puh-leeze. I enjoyed the Twilight series because it's a good story with characters that seemed real to me...not because I wanted to spend time pondering whether or not Bella epitomizes modern feminism.
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twilight and philosophy 20 janvier 2011
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Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)this book is really good i love it better than the film so if you loved the film you love this. my all time fav. i got it for wife but she hasnt had the chance to read it cos i cant put it down that good
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