Twilight Gets a Gender Swap

The bestselling vampire romance gets a gender swap in a new tale, by author Stephenie Meyer.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight, author Stephenie Meyer has written an alternate 442-page version of the tale that made her a publishing sensation.

Titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, Bella Swan becomes a boy named Beau (short for Beaufort) and Edward Cullen is now Edythe.

In the foreword of the anniversary edition, Stephenie explains why she chose to swap the genders of the protagonists. While some may view Bella as a "damsel in distress", Stephenie points out that the character is rather a "human in distress" or rather "a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillains."

Stephenie also opposes the viewpoint that Bella was "too consumed with her love interest, as if that's somehow just a girl thing." The author points out that Beau is also "more OCD" than Bella was, and "totally missing the chip Bella carries around on her shoulder all the time."

The reimagined tale was "fun, but also really fast and easy" for Stephenie to write. The author also mentions in the foreword that the rewrite allowed her to fix a few grammatical errors that irritated her, as well as altering elements of mythology for consistency.

Twilight fans may be disappointed to hear that the release of a new Twilight tale was not Midnight Sun, which tells the story from the perspective of Edward. The manuscript as been put aside for years after it was leaked.

The Twilight franchise consisted of five movies starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, with a combined box office total of over $1 billion.

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