Stephenie Meyer Announces Reimagined Gender-Swapped ‘Twilight’ Novel, ‘Life and Death’
In which Bella is now Beau, and Edward is now Edythe…
Author Stephenie Meyer has announced that in honor oft he book’s 10th anniversary, she’s releasing a new book Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined which switches the genders of the main protagonists Bella Swan and Edward Cullen (played by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the movies, respectively).
In the new 442-page novel, Beau is the human and Edythe is the vampire. Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Bella Swan’s werewolf friend, has become Julie in the novel.
Meyer explained on Good Morning America today,
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.
The further you get in, the more it changes because the personalities get a little bit different, but it starts out very similar and really, it really is the same story because it’s just a love story and it doesn’t matter who’s the boy and who’s the girl. It still works out.
Fans of the series were hoping that Meyer would finally be releasing Midnight Sun as bonus content for the 10th anniversary, which is Twilight told from Edward’s point of view. She was originally set to release the spinoff years ago, that is until a draft of the novel leaked online. Instead, in the forward, Meyers notes she didn’t have the time to publish the story.
Could Life and Death ever hit the big screen? Meyer doesn’t seem to think it’s in the cards. She explained, “I don’t really see that 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.”