Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
Unbeknownst to many of us on autopilot, swamped by the metonymy of daily life and the endless demands on our time, 10 whole years have passed since every teen,tween, mom and dad’s panties hit the floor after reading Twilight. Vampiredom exploded with images of dreamy sparkly Edwardian vampires and with it,the haters. Just as quickly, the spoofs crawled out of the woodwork, piggybacking on the success of others with little to no merit of their own.
Midnight Sun, a long forgotten dream to Twilight fans, destroyed by those who leaked early chapters and ruining the whole experience for everyone. Perhaps we had hoped one day it would appear, that beloved Twilight tale retold from Edward’s perspective, filling us in on all things going through his mind with endless hours of thought to cover. If ever there was a time to hope of it’s release would be the 10th anniversary. Instead, the Twilight fandom was graced with the sudden and unsuspected release of Twilight, Special 10th Anniversary Edition which includes, Life and Death, Twilight reimagined.
Quote from Twilight 10th Anniversary Edition Foreword by Stephenie Meyer
“As I was musing on Twilight after being away from it for so long, and discussing the anniversary problem with friends, I started thinking about something I’d said before at signings and in interviews. You know, Bella has always gotten a lot of censure for getting rescued on multiple occasions, and people have complained about her being a typical damsel in distress. My answer to that has always been that Bella is a human in distress, a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillains. She’s also been criticized for being too consumed with her love interest as if that’s somehow just a girl thing. But I’ve always maintained that it would have made no difference if the human were male and the vampire female–it’s still the same story. Gender and species aside, Twilight has always been a story about the magic and obsession and frenzy of first love.”
I’m glad she touched on this note, but I’m sure we all know that it’s the haters and not the fans who made any such negative comments.
Insert, Life and Death. The story of Beaufort Swan, leaving his mother to go live with his father in the small town of Forks. Oh the memories. It is in Forks that Beau meets the Cullens, and more specifically, Edythe Cullen. You may notice a trend here. Beaufort = Bella, Edythe = Edward, you with me so far? Every sex in the entire story, aside from Charlie, Rene and one or two minor characters have reversed sexes while keeping the same character and personality traits. There are some tweaks here and there to adjust for the female to male and visa versa swap, but even larger than that is the story. Beau is similar to Bella as they share a mastery of slipping, tripping, falling and generally attracting all things dangerous and life threatening with little to no effort. Life and Death follows a similar story to Twilight, but with additional events and a completely different ending.
Fear not for any spoilers dear reader and fellow Twilight fan, Life and Death is a treat and a must read, so I will continue no further to save from any slips, nips or bites.