Surprise! Twilight is back! But it’s not the story Twihards remember.
It’s been 10 years since the vampire-mortal love story of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan captured the hearts of millions worldwide. So, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the best-selling novel, author Stephenie Meyer has written a “reimagining” of the love story, but with a twist.
“Now, Bella is Beau and Edward is Edyth. I wanted to do something fun for the 10th anniversary,” Meyer said during a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America. “It’s just a love story. It doesn’t matter who’s the boy and who’s the girl, it just works.”
Meyer has written a 442-page reimagining of the famous novel titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, with the genders of the original main characters swapped. Meyer said on GMA that the idea stemmed from claims that Bella is a “damsel in distress.”
“That’s always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be in a little bit of distress,” the 41-year-old author said. “So I thought, ‘What if we switched it around a little bit and see how a boy does?’ ”
The special edition, released on Tuesday, includes the original novel as well as the new bonus content. In the new book, Beau moves to Forks, Washington, and falls for the mysterious vampire, Edyth, Entertainment Weekly reports.
“I wonder if it will change how people look at Bella a little bit, to see her as a him,” Meyer said. “I do feel like it’s really, very much the same thing. I guess my hope is that maybe the younger readers will be reintroduced, because a lot of my readers, they’re all 10 years older now so there’s a whole new generation.”
Meyer announced that there would be bonus content along with the anniversary edition last month at the Forever Twilight Fan Festival in Forks, EW reports. The anniversary edition (with the bonus book) is available both online and in stores.