A special “Twilight” book has been unveiled and it features a gender-swap of characters.
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer announced on “Good Morning America” that a new “Twilight” book, “Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined”, has been released and will feature a reversal of the gender roles of the series’ main characters.
This means Edward Cullen was turned into Edythe and Jacob is Julie, while Bella Swan is now a boy named Beaufort or Beau.
“I wanted to do something fun for the 10th anniversary and the publisher wanted like a foreword and I thought, ‘Well, maybe something more interesting,'” Meyer said.
The “Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined” book was unveiled in time for the 10th anniversary of “Twilight” book series.
The special edition book is told through the eyes of Beau, ABC News wrote. Beau is the male version of Bella, who was portrayed by Kristen Stewart on the series’ film adaptation.
Bella’s parents – Charlie and Renee – were the “Twilight” characters who were not gender swapped in the new book, ABC News added.
Meyer added that the anniversary bonus book was supposed to be just one or two chapters. But it turned into a 442-page book after she found the re-imagining of the story fast and easy to write.
The author also revealed that the idea for the new book stemmed from claims that Bella is a damsel in distress.
“That’s always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be in a little bit of distress. So I thought, ‘What if we switched it around a little bit and see how a boy does?'”
When asked about possible sequel or a movie, the author admitted that she believes this will be the only time readers would read about Beau. “I think that this is just one version with Beau,” she said.
The cover of the new book features the first “Twilight” book on the front, while the back reveals the special cover for “Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.”
The new “Twilight” book is now available for purchase.