'Twilight: New Moon' Robert Pattinson: vampire saga is a metaphor for abstinence

robert-pattinson.jpgAbstinence is sexy? Levi Johnston may not agree. But  Robert Pattinson thinks it's true.

"Twilight: New Moon" star Pattinson believes the success of the vampire saga is that it shows that abstinence --- or perhaps longing -- can be sexy.

"Twilight is a big metaphor for sexual abstinence, and yet it's erotic underneath. There are so many elements in the story which are sexy," Pattinson told The Daily Telegraph.

Stephenie Meyer's tale of a teenage girl who falls for a vampire launched as a series of best-selling books. Now the films are breaking box office records by appealing to young girls sexual awakenings and romantic longing.