Stephanie Meyer isn’t just the author of the Twilight series, but the books are certainly what made her a household name. Now, ten years after the release of the first book, Meyer has decided to rewrite the story in a very surprising way.
“I wanted to do something fun for the 10th anniversary and the publisher wanted like a foreword and I thought, ‘Well, maybe something more interesting,'” Meyer said on Good Morning America.
Stephanie said she was curious to see how fans would react to a gender-swapped story; that is, if Bella were actually the guy in the love story. It’s a question she’s asked herself since the book began to receive criticism for Bella’s “damsel in distress” attitude.
“It’s always bothered me a little bit. Because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be… in distress. We don’t have the powers. I thought, ‘What if we switched it around a bit and see how a boy does,’ and, you know, it’s about the same.”
The best-selling author says the idea began small but ended up becoming an entire 442-page book titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, which follows human Beau and his vampire love, Edyth. While the story was altered a bit from the original to allow for the gender swap, it follows the same path.
“The further you get in, the more it changes because the personalities get a little bit different. But it starts out very similar and really, it really is the same story because it’s just a love story and it doesn’t matter who’s the boy and who’s the girl, it still works out,” Stephanie Meyer said. “I wonder if it will change how people look at Bella a little bit, to see her as him. I do feel like it’s really very much the same thing so I guess my hope is that maybe the younger readers will be reintroduced because a lot of my readers, you know, they’re all 10 years older now and so there’s a whole new generation.”