‘Twilight’: Kristen Stewart Thinks the Books Have Elements of BDSM

When Kristen Stewart’s agents first pitched Twilight to her she was extremely unimpressed. The description of the movie simply wasn’t something that appealed to the actor. However, after her agents pushed, she begrudgingly read the script and changed her tune. And, after she read the eponymous book, she fell completely in love with Bella Swan, the character that she was destined to play.

Of course, there are some differences between the Twilight books and the movies that Stewart helped bring to life. Naturally, characters shift and plot points often pivot when transforming a story from the page to a screen. Furthermore, some things from the books had to be condensed in the films for the sake of timing. However, Stewart actually believes that the books and the movies have different tones.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart post for Twilight cast photos
‘Twilight’ cast members: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart | Franco S. Origlia/Getty Images

Kristen Stewart thinks the ‘Twilight’ books are darker than the movies

Stewart isn’t shy about admitting the Twilight books cover some fairly dark material. However, the Happiest Season actor shared that some aspects of the books had to be toned down for the movies. For her part, Stewart shared that she would’ve loved to opportunity to match the tones of the books a bit more. “But the movies aren’t that dark, as much as we’d all have loved to have made those films,” she shared in a conversation with Interview Magazine.

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But just what are these darker elements that Stewart is referring to? According to the Spencer actor, the Twilight books have quite a few sexual elements within them. Stewart even shared that there are some thematic elements of BDSM in the novels for those who are paying close attention.

The ‘Spencer’ actor believes the books have elements of BDSM

“The weirdest f****** themes run through this story—like dominance and masochism,” Stewart continued about the Twilight books. “I mean, you always have to realize that the story needs to make sense to the 11-year-olds who read the book and aren’t necessarily going to be viewing a scene as foreplay. But then there is the other segment of the audience—a large percentage—who does see the scene as foreplay. And it’s pretty deep, heady foreplay.”

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Continuing on, Stewart shared that many fans of the books will likely notice the more adult elements of the books when they are older. “It’s funny to think that a lot of the audience is 10 years old and will maybe one day grow up to realize there are a lot of involved thoughts in Twilight that they didn’t see before.”

Stewart wasn’t the only one who believed ‘Twilight’ had sexual themes

It seems that Stewart wasn’t the only one who saw elements of BDSM in the Twilight books. After all, Stephenie Meyer’s books served as inspiration for the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. The latter was initially written as a fanfiction of Twilight before it morphed into its own story. It’s unclear if Meyer intentionally slipped more adult elements into her young adult novels. However, there’s likely a reason that people of all ages have such an affinity for the books.

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