So how about this genderbent Twilight…

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I’m sorry in advance if you like Twilight, I just enjoy poking fun at it. I used to love the series back when they were being published, but things change and I’ve come to my senses. My teasing is (mostly) all in good fun though even if I really don’t like this series anymore.  

Anyway. You all probably know about this by now, but today Stephenie Meyer released a 10 year anniversary edition of Twilight that includes a whole new novel called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. It’s a genderbent version, all characters have swapped sexes and genders (except Charlie and Renée, apparently?). I’m horrified but I know I’ll end up reading it because I simply cannot resist. Is this really what she decided to write instead of a sequel to The Host though 

Okay, so we have Beaufort “Beau” Swan and Edythe Cullen. There’s also Julie Black and her pack of female werewolves, which is pretty cool, gotta admit. But Beau, really? I haven’t seen such a Gary Stu name in a long time, I thought the vampires were the ones that were supposed to have ancient sounding names but alright. Also what’s wrong with just Edith, why annoy my eyes like that?

One other good thing about this though, is that Alice/Archie will get more time to shine and possibly more backstory. It’s not a secret that pretty much all the other vampires except Edward are actually really interesting. 

But personally I’m more interested in the version where badass biker chick and werewolf Julie Black is all about the ladies and gets it on with the dazzling~ Edythe Cullen in a fierce love/hate relationship, while bland little Beau skulks in the background the way he should. Now that’s a retelling I’m all about. Missed opportunity. 

I have wanted to read about female supernatural monsters with human boys though, but I didn’t think it would be Twilight… 

I read an article that said Meyer wrote this book to somehow prove that Twilight doesn’t portray sexist stereotypes…. Right. I don’t know how this is going to prove anything. It’s going to be interesting to see how female stalkers are perceived though because we all know it’s sexy when the menz do it, but what about when women do it?   

For now I’m having a lot of fun with the hashtag #sparkletime on Twitter, where a user is livetweeting her reading of the book as we speak. It’s hilarious, go check out her tweets. 

Anyway, I just wanted to briefly talk about this. I haven’t read it yet so I don’t have many thoughts on it other than “LOL” and “WHY”. My morbid curiosity will get the better of me in the end, I’ll let you know when I’ll be reading it because you better believe I’ll be livetweeting the experience too. I always ignored Midnight Sun because it seemed so boring, but at least this has some entertainment value to it, if only in the names (Jessamine???). 

What is your reaction to this? Will you be reading it? Are you excited? Horrified? Do you not give a shit? What do you think Beau and Edythe will name their child??? Would Edythe even be able to get pregnant without the venom sperm? Will E.L. James write a genderbent Fifty Shades of GreySO MANY QUESTIONS.   

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19 thoughts on “So how about this genderbent Twilight…

  1. ariastuckinwonderland says:

    Twilight has always been my guilty pleasure. It isn’t the greatest book there is, but I loved it because it got me back into reading. But… I don’t think I like this at all. I’m not going to say I would never read it because obviously, I would end up reading it out of curiosity. Twilight should have been left alone. She should have finished a sequel for the Host instead which I actually really liked.

    Done rambling .Hehe

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    • Anette says:

      I agree 100%! I really liked The Host too (though I’ve only read it once and that was the year it came out so who knows if I’d still like it) and I’d much rather FINALLY get a sequel to that than this milking of the cash cow. BUT I’ll be reading it just for the hell of it, I simply can’t resist, it’s like a car crash.

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      • ariastuckinwonderland says:

        Yes yes!! Stephenie Meyer really should finish that series!!! I can’t wait to read more about that world. And I hope authors stop doing that. I mean they do need to get paid and make money, but… come on… don’t they value about what their readers think? Anyways, great post Anette! 🙂

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    • Anette says:

      Yeah, for shits and giggles is the reason I’ll be reading it too xD It will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane for me because I used to be obsessed with Twilight and now I have a lot of fun making fun of both the series and of my 16 year old self.

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  2. Genea @ My Heart Beats For Books says:

    It’s hard to completely dismiss Twilight, because although I don’t feel the same way I did about it when I read the first time around, it did get me back into reading. At the same time I still can’t believe how obsessed I was with it. I’ve read the Kindle sample of Twilight Reimagined, is it bad to say that Beau comes off as kinda girly? Don’t think it’s completely translating well with a guy. Will most likely be reading it anyway. I thought she could have come up with better names too.

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    • Anette says:

      I was really obsessed with it too, once upon a time, haha. Good times, good times. I don’t know when I’ll read it but I’ll get to it eventually. Almost can’t wait pfffft.

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  3. K says:

    *Spoiler warning* What bugs me are
    1) the ending – I very biasedly believe Beau deserves have survived, gone through a love triangle and then get a happier ending complete with an adopted or surrogate Charnest (male!Renesmee) but minus the imprinting plot
    2)SMeyer oughts to be praised for not neglecting femme male fans and fans from cultures that imagine(d) female supernatural-male mortal pairs (before Hollywood’s dominance), who exist in substantial numbers considering books are sold worldwide, not just in gender binary-loving USA.

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