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Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Kindle Edition
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I think it's getting a bad rep because most people are not understanding an important point: Beau is not Bella and Edythe is not Edward. Let me explain.
First of all, the confusion comes from Stephanie Meyer herself (not hating on her, she's a wonderful storyteller!); however, she has given everyone the impression that she simply did a gender swap and nothing else. That really isn't true. Yes, almost all the genders are swapped, but really what she did is take the core of her story and switch out Edward and Bella with two completely different people with unique personalities.
Beau for example is very much a teenage boy with a very obvious personality that is completely different than the "blank slate" Bella. A ton of his dialogue is delivered in a completely different manner than her, and while there are lots of similarities it would be no different than the similarities between siblings (as if Bella and Beau had been brother and sister).
Likewise, even though Edythe has a lot of the same dialogue. She is SO not Edward. To give an example, remember how Edward restrains himself in Port Angeles, and he asks Bella to distract him? That is NOT Edythe. (Spoiler!) Beau practically has to beg Edythe to not teach them a lesson right there on the spot. And then once they get out of town, Edythe is ready to leave Beau behind so she can go track them down. Again, definitely not the well restrained Edward we all know for Twilight.
Furthermore, Archie (aka Alice in Twilight) has a very different personality, and the relationship between Archie and Edythe is also very different than Edward and Alice in Twilight. I could go on, but basically the point is that it is best to view this story as "what if the events of Twilight happened to two separate people who only share the same/similar backgrounds" rather than Twilight with a gender swap.
I also love this book because it has the ending that most of us probably wanted when we first read it (at least, until New Moon came out).
Now we have a gorgeous female vampire in love with a totally ordinary guy and....yawn. Who needs more descriptions of gorgeous, perfect women? You can open up any fashion magazine or Hollywood tabloid and read about them. There is no way for the average Twilight reader to put herself into this story - especially since "Beau" is a totally unappealing character and "Edythe" is just making me picture Rob Pattinson in drag.
I don't know why I'm so annoyed by this book - hey, we're not talking about a literary work like "Pride and Prejudice" here, but for the love of all that is holy (as Meyer herself likes to say), could we just have "Midnight Sun" finished before we are all too old to care about this series anymore?
I'm hoping Stephenie will write more books for this series. If she does, I will buy them in a heartbeat (assuming she stays true to the original characters for whom I have such a fondness.) I've often thought a book that picks up ten years or so into the future from where the series ended would be interesting.