Meet Beau and Edythe - Stephanie Meyer swaps characters genders in 10th anniversary edition of first Twilight novel
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publishing phenomenon that is the Twilight series, author Stephanie Meyers has written some bonus material for fans.
The new edition of her first book, Twilight, will include a feature titled 'Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined' in which she has swapped the genders of the main characters.
Bella Swan has become male character Beau, who is now the human and Edward Cullen has become Edythe, his vampire love interest. Other key characters have also swapped genders.
Writing in the foreward, Meyers apologises that the new material was not Midnight Sun, the unreleased Twilight novel written from Edward's point of view which she abandoned after 12 chapters were leaked on the internet.
She explains that she didn't have time to write a new novel but wanted to tackle criticisms of Bella for being too weak and "too consumed with her love interest, as if that's somehow just a girl thing."
“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," she writes.
She describes Beau as "more OCD, he's not nearly so flowery with his words and thoughts, and he's not as angry - he's totally missing the chip Bella carries around on her shoulder all the time."
Meyer elaborated on her decision on Good Morning America.
“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,” she said.
“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 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.”
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is available now from Easons.com for €19.99