Within the world of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels, a mode of romantic relationship called “imprinting”–instigated by sudden recognition and then lasting eternally–bears a strong similarity to the premortal romance popularized in Mormon literature since the publication of Nephi Anderson’s Added Upon. In basic structure, the premortal romance begins before mortality and drives the lovers to find their soul mate in mortality. The moment of recognition between the premortal lovers resembles the moment of imprinting between Meyer’s werewolves. This paper compares Twilight’s werewolf imprinting with the premortal lovers in added upon and Saturday’s Warrior.
Eric W. Jepson