Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of The Twilight Saga, is 6 feet tall with straight blonde hair, a pale complexion and a long, slim nose. Not exactly the most ethnic woman imaginable.
"I don't look particularly Jewish," she says sheepishly, half-wondering why she's on a lunch date with The Jewish Journal. "But I have a very Jewish name."
In the 18 years since, Rosenberg has made a name for herself as a television and film writer. But her career really took off in 2007 when she was anointed movie scribe of the Twilight franchise, based on the best-selling series of young adult novels by Stephenie Meyer.
Bloodlust, vampirism and ambiguous morality could be seen as decidedly un-Jewish. After all, vampire mythology, as Rabbi David Wolpe notes (see accompanying article), is philosophically at odds with Jewish values. And if you ask Rosenberg, "The Twilight Saga" in particular is a departure from religion-based vampire lore and instead is an exercise in secular storytelling.