Does Twilight make abstinence sexy?

Premiere Of Summit Entertainment&squot;s "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" - ArrivalsTwilight star Robert Pattinson believes that the chaste relationship between the two lead characters is the secret of Twilight’s appeal.

His character and Kristen Stewarts’s character Bella share no more than a kiss in the first three books.

“The success of the Twilight books comes from the fact that fans can lust after Edward and yet, certainly in the first book, there’s no actual sexual contact between him and the series heroine. 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.

Speaking on becoming an over-night heart throb, Robert said: “Last year, if I went out, I’d have to fight to chat someone up. This year, I look exactly the same, which is really scruffy, and yet lots of people seem to have just changed their minds and decided I’m really sexy. I never used to get any of those ‘good-looking guy’ roles so I don’t see what’s changed.

“There are all these screaming fans around but if you talk to one for five minutes, the illusion would be gone. Often it is in imaginary thing that they want, not the reality.”

We’ll take either!