The Looking-Glass World in Twilight
Besides Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and the Brontes, the single greatest literary influence on the Twilight Saga appears to be Lewis Carroll and especially Through the Looking-Glass. When Bella encounters the Cullens family in Forks High School, she also finds Wonderland, a world in which myth becomes part of everyday reality.
Here are some Looking-Glass quotations and examples that resonate with Twilight:
(1) Snarky Language ( Chapter 7: The Lion and the Unicorn)
"There's nothing like eating hay when you're faint," he remarked to her, as he munched away.
"I should think throwing cold water over you would be better," Alice suggested: "--or some sal volatile."
"I didn't say that there was nothing better," the King replied. "I said there was nothing like it." Which Alice did not venture to deny.
Note: This is similar to Edward's famous line: "I said that it would be better if we weren't friends, not that I didn't want to be."
It is Breaking Dawn, however, that is most noticeably influenced by Through the Looking-Glass. See Breaking Dawn Notes.
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