It’s been 10 years since the first ‘Twilight’ book hit stores, and now, we’ve got a whole new story on our hands. Well, sort of. Author Stephanie Meyer headed on ‘Good Morning America’ on Oct. 6 to announce that her new book, ‘Life & Death: Twilight Reimagined’ is now available — with the genders of the main characters switched.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined will be include all the main characters, but pretty much in opposite roles. Edward has been turned into Edythe; Jacob has been turned into Julie; and Bella Swan will be Beau (short for Beaufort). “I wanted to do something fun for the 10th anniversary and the publisher wanted like a foreword and I thought, ‘Well, maybe something more interesting,'” Stephanie Meyer said on Oct. 6 on Good Morning America.
“It’s always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be . . . in distress. We don’t have the powers. I thought, ‘What if we switched it around a bit and see how a boy does,’ and, you know, it’s about the same,” she explained. She also revealed that she was inspired by readers’ questions, wondering if Bella was painted as a “typical damsel in distress.”
“My answer to that has always been that Bella is a human in distress, a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and super villains,” Stephanie, 41, continued. “She’s also been criticized for being too consumed with her love interest, as if that’s somehow just a girl thing. But I’ve always maintained that it would have made no difference if the human were male and the vampire female — it’s still the same story. Gender and species aside, ’Twilight’ has always been a story about the magic and obsession and frenzy of first love… So I thought to myself, ’Well, what if I put that theory to the test?’”
With that, we will now get the story of Edythe and Beau… and of course, my favorite, Julie. So what will Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner think? Only time will tell. And more importantly, will it become a movie? What do you think, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta