There were three things I was ridiculously positive about this reimagined TWILIGHT.
First, Bella as the female lead was a pitiful character, the fainting, clumsy, stuttering, wilting heroine that was only tolerable as a female lead, because as a reader I’m used to weak, wilting, damsels in distress. Yet, as a male lead, Beaufort was the lamest, pathetic, most undesirable male lead I’ve ever read.
Second, there was a part of me that wanted to love this book, devour it and fall back in love with the Twilight series.
And third, I was unconditionally and unabashedly disappointed with the Bonus Content of Twilight Reimagined.
If you don’t mind a weak male hero, you might enjoy the “new Twilight.” Stephanie Meyer set out to make a point that her character Bella was not a damsel in distress, but is just a human thrust into a supernatural world. But, what she accomplished in LIFE AND DEATH was creating a very unlikeable male hero. Unlikeable for a reader of my nature, at least. You see I’m not into emasculating my men. I don’t want them whining about their feelings, while they have fainting spells at the sight of blood and have no problem with playing “house
wife husband” with no complaints. Maybe I’m an ambivalent sexist, but frankly, I don’t find men of this nature attractive. And the point of a romance, Young Adult or Adult, is to find the characters attractive and you would want to put yourself within the story. As a female I would identify with the female character, and find characteristics within the male character that would draw me in and make me understand the romance.
Beaufort had two things going against him. For one–well it took me a long long time to actually not imagine him as Bella. And two, he was written as a girl and the author just flip-flopped out a few pronouns and names. Meyers was quoted as saying it was “easy.” Well, uh yeah – you just hit “Find and Replace” in your Word Doc. I would basically describe this as an underwhelming fan fic. And at least a fan fic would push the envelope if the genders were reversed, making Beau into an “inspired by Bella” character and not just Bella as a male.
Edythe worked a bit better, mostly because Edward as a character was a bit emo. Also, the character was transitioned easier because the lore of the story kept Beau in the dark about Edythe’s intentions, emotions, and actions etc., so it wasn’t as in your face.
I hate to be all negative about this book. I’m not hating on Meyers choice to release a ten-year anniversary edition…maybe they should have given her more time to come up with something wonderful, instead of this. This was hurried and not well thought out and a disappointment. I bought the book because I do like the Young Adult series and my original copy of Twilight is falling apart.
But, really, it is was it is and what it is– a marketing ploy. A marketing ploy that worked, because a lot of people bought the book – it’s now back on the BestSeller List. Now, will they take this to the big screen? Because I know they were trying to “drum up” ideas for more Twilight movies and this way they wouldn’t have to pay the bloated salaries of all the characters. Because they would be new characters – and they could take this all the way to Breaking Dawn. I don’t know whether to be disturbed or intrigued.
I am weirdly intrigued though…
Just can we get new names! There is one thing I can say without a shadow of a doubt – these names just didn’t work, well most of them (bold):
Bella = Beaufort
Edward = Edythe
Charlie & Renee (no change)
Jacob = Julie / Jules
Alice = Archie
Jasper = Jessamine
Carlise = Carine
Esme = Earnest
Emmett = Eleanor
Rosalie = Royal
Billy = Bonnie
Angela = Allen
Mike = McKayla
Tyler = Taylor
Eric = Erica
James = Joss
Victoria = Victor
Laurent = Lauren
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephanie MeyerSeries: Twilight #5
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 6, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, YA Fantasy, Young Adult
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edythe was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of her—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with her.