Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is celebrating its 10th anniversary by publishing a new version of her best-selling vampire romance.
It’s called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined — and it’s 442 pages of what’s essentially an AU (alternate universe) fanfiction. In her latest release, Meyer has swapped the gender of her leads turning Bella Swan, made famous by K-Stew on the big screen, into Beau and Edward Cullen into Edythe.
An effort to respond to the criticism about Bella being too much of a damsel in distress, she wrote in the foreword of her anniversary edition book that her lead was simply a “human in distress” — that her character is “a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillains.” She also noted that this new book gave her the chance to correct some grammar and choices of diction from the original.
Though Meyer abandoned Midnight Sun, her unpublished novel that would have been a version of Twilight delivered from Edward’s perspective — this was her opportunity to celebrate the huge success of her work.
Of course, even with the gender swap, Life and Death goes on to glorify obsessive love. If Meyer goes on to re-tell the rest of her series, it will be interesting to see how she handles some of the other character conflicts born with the introduction of a new Jacob (gender swap?) and the whole pregnancy thing (can vampires reproduce life?) There are a lot of questions and potential flaws to all of this.
While Meyer goes down this path of gender swapping, still promoting manipulative, obsessive heteronormative relationships — some of us can’t help but wish we could have just re-told the story entertaining the femme slash dream of Bella and Alice Cullen.
Well, the good news is there’s always actual fanfiction out there.
For readers looking to get their paws on this new release, the hardcover edition and e-book will be available on Tuesday.