Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

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Most people thought the Twilight series was finally dead, but on the book’s 10-year anniversary, its author, Stephenie Meyer, sadly dug it out of its grave.

Many years after releasing the first book in her popular trilogy, Meyer has now released “Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined,” which has a spin in the original plot with a switch in gender roles.

Yes, you read that right–all she does is change the genders of the main characters and then tells the exact same story.

In this reimagined version of the vampire romance, the main characters are Beaufort (Beau) Swan, a handsome 17-year-old who moved from Arizona to Forks, Washington, and Edythe Cullen, a stunning vampire who is allured by the new guy in town.

If you are a “Twilight” fanatic and are dying to read the new book, do NOT keep reading because there are spoilers! In “Life and Death,” besides the obvious change in gender roles, there is also an alternative ending. The same, old sappy love story between the conflicted vampire and the naive human is still in this novel.

However, after being bitten by Joss, the female version of James, Beau is forced to choose between dying or becoming a vampire at the end of this book. Of course his love for Edythe leads him to choose the latter. Thankfully, this ending of the book leaves no room for a whole new saga.

Unfortunately for Team Jacob girls, Julie, the Jacob alternative, does not play a major role in this novel, and there is no reimagined love triangle. But for those who did not enjoy the ending of “Breaking Dawn,” where Jacob imprints on Edward and Bella’s daughter, this may be a better alternative.

Many critics say that the story lacks a lot of the same things the original did – good writing and character development. Meyer could have tried to improve the “Twilight” series by doing something new and creative, but instead, all she did essentially was use the find and replace tool to change the pronouns around. But there is no denying her amazing business skills – she’s milking this series for all its got!

Meyer’s stated reason for creating the book was to break gender stereotypes. On Good Morning America she said, “It is really just a love story; it doesn’t matter who’s the boy and who’s the girl. It still works out.”

But of course, it does matter. In this version of “Twilight,” she did not make Beau cry or feel inferior to Edythe as Bella did in the original novel. Because Bella had so many insecurities and fit into the role of a damsel in distress, by changing Beau into a less self-conscious character, she added to the gender stereotypes. She had the ability to influence a lot of young readers and didn’t take it.

In the end, fans are left to judge whether they loved the book or not, and maybe they can even get some answers to the important questions like is Bella’s new name really Beau? Is Beau really short for Beaufort? Couldn’t you come up with any other B-names? Like Bob?

And does this mean there is going to be a reimagined version of “Fifty Shades of Grey”? God help us.

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