Abstinence is the name of the game, though that doesn't keep the pair from cuddling every night, and occasionally partaking in super-steamy, half-clothed makeout sessions. Yet, as sexless as it is, could Twilight actually be selling sex?
Emma Watson, otherwise known as Hermione Granger from the other super-popular fantasy series Harry Potter, let loose a jab at The Twilight Saga while talking about the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. WENN quotes her as saying: "This kiss between Hermione and Ron is highly anticipated, it's been building up for eight films now. And Harry Potter is not Twilight, you know; we're not selling sex."
It's an interesting thought to consider -- that Twilight, in all its abstinence-ridden glory, is not just sexy, but is actually selling sex. It makes sense. Though the actual, literal act does not happen until the couple is married in Breaking Dawn, there is nothing as prevalent in the tale as lust and sexual yearning ... except maybe Bella's obsession with Edward's perfect looks. Though Stephenie Meyer gets knocked for a lot of things, the woman knows sexual tension, and infuses it into her series whenever she can. Yes, she stresses marriage before sex, but in a world where girls and boys now bite each other out of vampire play, and girls actually wait for their larger than life Edward Cullen, it's not a jump to imagine fans thinking: "Well, my boyfriend isn't a dangerous vampire ... Let's get it on!"
If fans are obsessed with a series that lathers on lust over and over again, wouldn't that be selling sex a lot more than some simple and vague sex scene? What do you think? Can abstinence sell sex on the screen? Is The Twilight Saga teen sex foreplay?