It is likely you’ve at least heard of the Twilight series of novels (and movies), even if you have no clue what they are about. If you were wondering, they are vampire young adult romance novels that are all the rage with teenage girls. (My family had the misfortune of being at the mall one night when one of the novels was being released–it was teenybopper mayhem.) As some of my friends who have read the books have noted, they are filled with religious-ish images and symbols (which I would note is common to vampire stories). But now we know why these particular vampire stories use the particular images they do.
John Granger has written a brilliant review of the Twilight novels for the latest edition of Touchstone titled “Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden.” The article is available online. If you are even remotely interested in how even the most outrageous religious and philosophical ideas are communicated through popular media, I would highly encourage you to read the article.
HT: The beautiful Leah Finn, who first read about it at Denny Burk