10 years and 4 novels later, The Twilight Saga has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
This week marks the 10th Anniversary of Twilight. In honour of this, author Stephenie Meyer has rewritten Bella and Edward’s story in a 442-page novel called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. What makes it different? The genders have been swapped.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Meyer addressed her decision to gender swap all of her characters with the exception of Charlie and Renée. Wanting to do something fun for the anniversary, Meyer wanted to challenge the idea that Bella Swan is a damsel in distress and prove that any human in a world of vampires and werewolves would be in distress. To put this to the test, the author has reimagined Twilight with a male lead.
In this story, Beau Swan moves to Forks, Washington and falls in love with the mysterious vampire Edythe Cullen. Life and Death is initially a straightforward retelling of Twilight, however, there are a few changes along the way. One change is the characters’ personalities have changed a little. Meyer has described Beau’s character as “more OCD” and “not as angry” as Bella Swan. Aside from Beau and Edythe readers will also get to read about Archie Cullen (aka Alice) who is slightly more involved this time around. Not to forget the rest of the Cullens: Carine, Earnest, Royal, Eleanor, and Jessamine.
Though Meyer’s original novel Twilight inspired a whole series of novels and five movies, she has said that this is likely to be the only time we read about Beau and Edythe.
Human or not, Bella Swan was a strong female character that lead the way for female, young adult characters such as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and Tris Prior from Divergent. Stephenie Meyer hopes that maybe this new perspective will help readers understand Bella a little bit better and that it will reintroduce the series to a new generation of readers.