Twilight’s Edward Cullen may be touted as a rapacious bloodsucker, but in spite of his nocturnal proclivities, his conduct towards his young paramour Bella is positively Victorian.
Despite the elements of temptation, and their apparently near-overwhelming mutual desire, at root the two main characters maintain a highly conventional attitude towards sexual morality.
The final instalment in particular highlights this attitude. The two avoid sex during their initial relationship; purportedly due to the risk of Edward being unable to reign in his supernatural appetites, and fatally mixing his raging bloodlust with the more conventional sort. Only when they have finally wed do the pair relinquish their chastity. Bella is instantly impregnated on her wedding night, and then in due order, baby follows.
Ebert’s Heteronormative Vampires
Roger Ebert has thus dubbed Twilight’s bloodsuckers ‘heteronormative’ vampires. According to Ebert, the term Heternormative refers to an attitude opposed to non-conventional sexuality.
Perhaps it’s true that the more a story deliberately deviates from conventional scenarios, the more conventional the outcome can become!