I am usually the first person to jump on the anti-‘Twilight‘ bandwagon but to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the novel Stephenie Meyer is actually doing something that is amusingly right. She is releasing a gender swapped version titled ‘Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.’
The book is said to deal with the concern that Bella is thought of as a “damsel in distress” and has been critiqued heavily for it. While I won’t go into the gray area of the ages of Bella (or in the newly created Beau) this is actually entertaining enough to report on and also seems to solve one of the major complaints of the series for many out there. Aside from the newly redone Beau you’ll also see that Edward will now be known as Edythe.
Meyer apparently never wanted to have Bela thought of as a “damsel in distress” but rather a “human in distress.” While critics never view it that way she wants, she does point out that Bella and now Beau is “a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillains.” Of course that isn’t the only change being made to the character. While Bella was often thought of as being “too consumed with her love interest, as if that’s somehow just a girl thing” we’re going to see Beau be “more OCD” and “totally missing the chip Bella carries around on her shoulder all the time.”
Apparently the changes were “fun, but also really fast and easy” and allowed her to make slight changes for grammer, word choices, and add in greater consistency.
Meyers has no interest in adapting this version of ‘Twilight’ into a big screen feature film… yet. “I think that this is just one version with Beau,” she said. “I don’t really see [a movie] happening and a lot of the people I’d put in it would be like Grace Kelly so it’s a little too late for some of my first choices.”
You can watch the interview below:
So folks what do you think about this genderswapping in the ‘Twilight’ universe? Do you think it addresses her issues or is there too much wrong with this story for you to get behind it? Share your thoughts below!