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Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition (The Twilight Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 752 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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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?
The first thing I got from trying to read the first pages was a massive headache. The effort of matching all the characters that were gender swapped kept me from actually enjoying the story. But that wasn't the worst of it.
Beau's voice was as interesting as staring at a cubicle wall. The writing was off, boring, and forced. Honestly, Stephenie should have finished Midnight Sun instead.
I don't recommend this mess to anyone, unless you are into self-inflicted pain.
I loved all the small changes. The clarifications (there were several phrases in Twilight that just didn't hit the mark), the way in which Edyth expressed herself much better than Edward did, the scenes that had to be changed significantly due to the change in sexes, just remarkable. I did not feel that the author simply did a quick find a replace for names. Everything was just a little different, even pivotal scenes that everyone remembers.
I truly enjoyed the idea of a powerful female lead. To me, Edyth embodied the beautiful monster perfectly. The fact that Charlie and Renee remained Charlie and Renee was essential - the book just wouldn't be the same without them. I particularly liked that Beau was still a caretaker. The father/daughter relationship in Twilight was very important, but the father/son relationship in Life and Death was fantastic.
I was a bit worried (after reading some of the reviews) that it would be difficult to figure out who was who now that everyone was a different sex. But Beau's description of the Cullens was great (my only complaint is the description that Edyth had long eyes - not sure exactly what "long eyes" are). Alice was always a favorite of mine and Archie was amazing as well.
I really liked Beau in general, the blue eyes, his height (even though I did wonder how certain scenes would pan out - such as the blood typing scene - great!) and that he was just a really good guy. The awkwardness/clumsiness that never really hit the mark with Bella made total sense with Beau. At the same time, Beau was more confident in his actions with Edyth, holding her hand, holding onto her in the car when she rescued him in Port Angeles.
More than all of that, (at this point I don't think a spoiler alert is necessary, but just in case you haven't read the ending of Life & Death - SPOILERS AHEAD) I absolutely loved how the story was wrapped up. Beau got the choice that Bella never had (I loved the other books in the series and I'm glad she didn't, but if Twilight were a standalone novel I would have wanted it to end this way). For some sick reason I always wanted to experience Edward suffering while Bella was in pain during her transformation and was a bit disappointed that he never found out that the morphine did not in fact work. I was finally able to experience that through Edyth and Beau and it was divine.
Can't believe it's been over 10 years since Twilight was released!
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