It’s been ten years since Twilight first poked its sparkly head into the world and started teaching teens about the abusive and inappropriate relationships between humans, vampires, and something called The Volturi (which has honestly always scared me a little), so Stephenie Meyer is dusting off her greatest hit and presenting it to fans as something new and completely different. She’s written a 442-page epic that retells the story of the first novel from the point of two gender-swapped main characters.
Time reports that while some fans may be disappointed that the tenth anniversary celebration will not include the release of Midnight Sun—which is Twilight told from Edward’s point of view—Meyer is hoping that fans will be content with Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, which features main characters named Edythe (tres romantique) and Beaufort (¯\_(ツ)_/¯).
Here’s how the book is different:
Meyer explains in her foreword to the anniversary edition of the novel that she decided to go with the gender bending to underscore her position that Bella isn’t a “damsel in distress” as certain critics have charged. Rather, the author insists, the character is a “human in distress,” or as Meyer calls her, “a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillians.” Meyer also takes issue with the criticism that Bella was “too consumed with her love interest, as if that’s somehow just a girl thing.” The author mentions, too, that Beau is “more OCD” than Bella was and that he’s “totally missing the chip Bella carries around on her shoulder all the time.”
Meyer only announced the release last month, and while she does mention that the characters are different, she also pointed out that the rewrite was quick and easy and that she wanted to do it in order to tighten up the series’ mythology and correct grammatical errors that she found in the book’s original version. So does that mean that twihards will be paying full retail for what appears to be a “find and replace” director’s cut of the novel?
Also: how many people will find this version of the book as romantic as the original? Will people accept Edward’s obsessiveness and stalker behavior as willingly when it’s coming from a woman? And will Jacob also be gender-swapped or will Meyer be bringing a gay romance into the series as well?
All these questions will be answered when the book drops today in both a hardcover and electronic version. Further details will be announced during Meyer’s interview on Good Morning America, but at least one change is very apparent: the book’s cover now features a male hand holding a green apple, which seems a little strange for a book about vampires, but then again this series also features blood-sucking babies who grow up to get into relationships with their mom’s exes.
Anyone unhappy with this new development can refer complaints to Emma Clark, who’s famous for letting fans of the series know exactly what she thinks about dissidents:
Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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