Good Vampires Don’t Eat: Anorexic Logic in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series

  • Emma Dunn
Keywords: girl studies, Young Adult literature, eating disorders, post-feminism, neo-Victorian


This paper argues that the convergence of post-feminist and Victorian values in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels perpetuate a logic of anorexia. Drawing on a selection of fan fiction in which young female authors rewrite Bella’s character as anorexic, this paper further argues that through fan fiction, young authors gain agency in making explicit the anorexic logic that is central to the canon texts and to mainstream girlhood as a whole; however, as each author negotiates her conflicting position as critic and subject of post-feminist culture, her narrative epitomizes the complex and contradictory nature of anorexic ideology itself.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2018.0005

Author Biography

Emma Dunn

Emma Dunn is a PhD candidate in Ryerson University’s Communication and Culture program. Her research interests span the fields of feminist studies, YA literature, and youth cultures. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Emma’s doctoral work focuses on questions surrounding anorexic and post-feminist ideologies in literary franchises for youth.

How to Cite
Dunn, E. (2018). Good Vampires Don’t Eat: Anorexic Logic in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 10(1). Retrieved from