Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
Title: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Published: September 2015
Acquired from: Target
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If you haven't heard about this book yet, either you have been living under a rock, or you just don't care. For those of you who don't know, Life and Death is Twilight however, all of the characters genders have been swapped. So now, Bella is Beaufort and Edward is Edythe. The only two characters that stay the same are Charlie and Renee. Every single other character from Jessica Stanley to the waitress at the restaurant, have been swapped.
The whole reason Stephanie Meyer wrote this book was because she believed that it didn't matter if Bella was a girl and Edward was a boy, it was still the same etc etc. But I disagree. Edward just did not suit a female character, and I just couldn't overlook that. I don't know if it's because I am old fashioned, but it just didn't feel right the way Edythe was towards Beau. Also, considering Edythe was born in 1901, you would think that she would be more old fashioned in her ways (like Edward was in his beliefs). SO that was one reason why I didn't enjoy it as much. There was also the fact that in some cases, I felt like I liked the character of Beau better than I liked Bella, mainly for the fact that Beau seemed happier and less depressed about his life. There were times though, where his character got a bit girly and it just didn't sit right, but overall I like the changes Stephanie made to the character to make Beau.
The second thing. The names. What even are these names? Beaufort? Edythe? ew. I am sure Stephanie could have come up with better names. But aside form that, the first half of the book I was sitting there trying to figure out who was who but if you're planning on reading this, I wouldn't recommend that. My brain still hurts trying to figure it all out.
I didn't mind the change at the end, and I know it's spoilers but I think it's pretty obvious what she changed. I mean as soon as I heard there was a change I knew what it would be. So if you can't figure it out then... I don't know what to say without being mean. But anyway, the change was interesting, but I much prefer the way Twilight ended. But of course I would say that.
I don't think I have anything more to say about that. I won't comment on the plot or the writing, because while it's not amazing, it's still Twilight, and I won't lie I loved Twilight in high school. I must have just read it at the right time in my life and had it not been for Twilight, I probably wouldn't be here writing reviews for other books that I have read. Just saying.
Overall verdict: I didn't like the gender swaps. Twilight is better as Twilight. It was interesting to read about them with different genders, but it's no where near as good as the original and while I was reading the book, all I wanted to do was flip over and read about the actual characters. I am glad I read it because if I didn't it would be sitting on my shelf taunting me for God knows how long. #noregrets
Rating: ★★★ ½ /5
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