Stephenie Meyer's New Twilight Book Changes a Lot – Including the Main Characters' Genders


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Stephenie Meyer, who transfixed millions of teens, tweens, and a decent amount of adults, with her vampire love story Twilight, has a new project for hungry fans.

Can you believe it's been ten years since Twilight? That's right, the first novel in the series was published in October of 2005.

And in honor of the anniversary, Meyer is publishing a version of the story that turns everything upside down.

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined features a human named Beau and a vampire named Edythe.

Did you catch that? The main characters from Twilight have received a gender swap.

Meyer says there are some key differences – mostly in the characters' personalties, revealed as the story progresses. But most of the plot remains the same.

"The further you get in, the more it changes because the personalities get a little bit different," said Meyer. "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."

Meyer had only planned to pen a couple of chapters with the new characters, but wound up writing an entire novel.

"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."

Maybe Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined will help fans cope with the fact that they never got Midnight Sun, the Twilight story told from Edward's perspective. That project was abandoned in 2008.