'Twilight' Gets a Surprise, Gender-Swapped Rewrite for 10th Anniversary Celebration

by John Boone 10:02 AM PDT, October 06, 2015
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Out with Bella and Edward, in with Beau and Edythe!

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her massive hit, Twilight, author Stephenie Meyer has rewritten her first novel as Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. What’s different this time? The characters have been gender-swapped!

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In the 442-page novel, Bella Swan (infamous portrayed by Kristen Stewart in the movies) is now Beaufort, or Beau, and Edward Cullen (forever Robert Pattinson) has become Edythe.

Meyer says she was inspired to swap genders after years of people calling Bella a damsel in distress. "It's always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to distress,” she told Good Morning America. “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."

Still, Meyer concludes, “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.”

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Her desire to rewrite Twilight -- she says her publisher originally just wanted her to write a foreword -- also stemmed from wanting to correct some errors and fix grammar issues, she writes in a note at the beginning of Life and Death.

So will there be a New Moon rewrite next? "I think that this is just one version with Beau," Meyer told GMA. As for a potential movie reboot, the author also shoots that down, explaining, "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."

Many fans expected Meyer’s 10th anniversary surprise to be Midnight Sun -- the Twilight retelling from Edward’s perspective that was shelved after an Internet leak -- alas, maybe on the 20th anniversary.

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