Stephenie Meyer’s oh-so-silly Twilight cash-in

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You may have thought the Twilight phenomenon was over – Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson managed to put Bella Swan and Edward Cullen behind them after Breaking Dawn: Part II finished in 2012 and set their sights onto proving their “serious” acting chops. So I thought the craze was done – but no, author Stephanie Meyer has revived it by releasing a new version of the original book.

Yes, you read that correctly. There is not a completely new tale. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is a 442-page retelling of the original Twilight but with the genders switched. Now, Bella is a teenage boy named Beau who falls in love with a vampire named Edythe (what kind of name is that?!) Jacob is also switched to Julie.

Meyer released this as a celebration of the novel for its 10th anniversary, but this is clearly an attempt to keep the franchise going, or to stop people forgetting about it. This seems a lot like E.L. James’ recent Fifty Shades of Grey novel Grey, which simply retold the story from his perspective. I mean, c’mon, you are writers – if you want to do another story, write something completely new rather than a rehash of your existing stuff!

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I read all the Twilight books and watched all the movies, but I think its time is over. The vampire craze has died down a bit and we’ve moved onto zombies and superheroes. This came at the beginning of the young adult book-to-movie adaptations, but now the market is saturated.

I think if Meyer had written something new, I wouldn’t be so cynical. I would still think, ‘she clearly just wants to keep the movies going’ but I would still give her some respect for finding a continuation for Bella and Edward’s story. It’s just a bit lazy, and the fans deserve more – they would love to know what those guys are up to now.

I personally won’t read this because I don’t feel the need to read Twilight again. Only Twi-hards would get this, surely?! But even then would they really accept these new gender-bending roles and their beloved novel being rewritten?! I just don’t see the point.

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