The 'Twilight' reboot does a total gender swap
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer just announced something seriously huge. Twi-hards, prepare yourselves. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the first Twilight publications, Meyer has written a 442-page reimagining of the novel. That’s 442 brand new pages of the characters we all love/are still obsessed with. Except this time, the gender roles of the main characters are reversed.
In the new anniversary edition, “Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined,” Edward is now Edythe, Jacob is now Julie and Bella is now a boy named Beau (short for Beaufort). The story is told through the eyes of Beau, as Bella was the original inspiration for Meyer to switch things up.
Meyer was on GMA this morning discussing the new material. She explained why she decided to write the reimagining in the first place. “I wanted to do something fun for the 10th anniversary and the publisher wanted like a foreword, and I thought, ‘Well, maybe something more interesting,'” Meyer said.
She added that the reimagining was inspired by questions she has received from Twilight fans who couldn’t help but wonder if the series paints Bella’s character as a “typical damsel in distress.” “It’s always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be . . . in distress,” Meyer said. “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.”
Even though the characters’ personalities are altered a bit, for the most part, Meyer explained that the story stays 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,” she said.
In the book’s foreword, Meyer wrote that she initially was going to only write one or two chapters, but she just couldn’t stop, because she found the reimagining “really fast and easy” to write. She told GMA that she wonders if seeing Bella as Beau will change how readers view her. “I do feel like it’s really very much the same thing, so I guess my hope is that maybe the young readers will be reintroduced, because a lot of my readers, you know, they’re all 10 years older now, and so there’s a whole new generation.”
The 10th anniversary edition of Twilight is in stores today, but don’t expect to see a new cover image. The new edition still features the original cover, but here’s the good news — the back of the book is an entirely new image for “Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined”!
The Twilight series has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, and we imagine that number will go WAY up after this monumental day!
(Featured image via Lionsgate)