Wednesday 7 October 2015

Twilight Reimagined: Worth Reading or Just Another Moneyspinner?

Before I start, let me just say that I am a fan of the Twilight series - the first three books at least. I mean Breaking Dawn was kind of a mess. Like a lot of people, Twilight is what got me reading YA. It also helped me rediscover my love of reading after completing a college degree that kinda knocked the fun out of reading for me (in an 'I don't ever want to see another book again' sort of way! Ahem). So, I thank Twilight and Stephenie Meyer for that. I'm not here to diss Twilight by any means.


I heard the news yesterday that in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Twilight (can you believe it's been ten years already?!) Meyer has written a gender-swapped reimagining of the book. Say what? That's right. In this gender-swapped retelling Bella Swan is a boy named Beau (short for Beaufort) and Edward Cullen is now a female vampire called Edythe. Meyer picks all the best names, doesn't she? Edythe?! I presume it's pronounced Edith, which is quite a nice name - Meyer just happened to pick not a very nice spelling of said name. At least it's not as bad as Renesmee, hey!

I didn't know this but apparently the other characters in Twilight have been gender-swapped too: Jacob is now Julie, Alice is Archie, and Rosalie is now, er, Royal (?!)  Bella, I mean, Beau's parents remain unchanged due to "custody reasons".

This is what Meyer had to say about writing the reimagined book:  (It was) “fun, but also really fast and easy.” Ka-ching!

Also, this:  (Meyer wanted to)  "dispel the notion that Bella was a stereotypical damsel in distress who found self-worth in the arms of a handsome man."

On hearing the news of this gender-swapped reimagining of Twilight I initially thought it was an April Fool's joke, uh,  in October. I really did. Because I don't really see the point of this? Meyer has already written (the never released) Midnight Sun, which is Twilight from Edward's point-of-view - and now this. I'm pretty sure she was writing a mermaid book at one point, but that doesn't seem to be happening, nor does the long-awaited sequel to The Host.   Maybe Meyer will just keep on rewriting Twilight from different points-of-view for eternity. I really don't know. Perhaps Renesmee will get her own book in a few years time? Wait. Does this book mean that Renesmee never happens and we can forget about all that imprinting shizz?! Was that the whole point of this?! Yes?!!

I can't say that I'm all that curious about reading Twilight Reimagined (never say never!) - but I have read a spoiler regarding the ending of this book, and I like what she did there. Ha!

So, what do you think about all of this? If you've already read Twilight Reimagined I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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