Twilight’s “unthinkably cheesy,” unabashedly adolescent take on love—vampire love, at that—is inspiring adoration in a hidden cache of fans: “smart, sophisticated, well-read mothers.” Why would an otherwise mature adult turn to mush over Stephenie Meyer’s teen saga—even putting a photo of Robert Pattinson on her fridge? Because the books inspire everything from strengthened marriages to improved sex lives, write Em & Lo in New York.
Rather than being “the worst combination of cougar and deluded teen fan,” most Twilight moms are just reveling in the nostalgia of experiencing “pure, unadulterated puppy love” again. “Twilight taps into a time when passion is as much about fantasy as reality, before drunken college hookups, before booty calls, before scheduling sex into a marriage,” Em & Lo write. “Twilight reinvents sex for women who might have placed it at the bottom of a to-do list”—and, in some cases, alters men's behavior, too. One woman read the first book aloud to her husband...who now sends her Edward-themed texts like "Be safe."