Kristen Stewart may have predicted the huge changes readers will get in the new Twilight book by Stephenie Meyer. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, the new Twilight book, will switch the genders of the main characters.
— Yahoo Movies (@YahooMovies) October 6, 2015
Bella, Kristin Stewart’s character in the Twilight movies, will become Beau (Beaufort). Edward will become the vampire Edythe, and Jacob the werewolf will become Jamie.
But this idea of a gender swap was something Kristen Stewart talked about in an interview back in 2012 when she and the rest of the Twilight cast were promoting Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2. As MTV News reports, Hollywood.com sat down with Kristen and asked her whether she thinks that Bella was a role model for girls despite the criticism against her. In answering, Kristen made some interesting comments about Bella and what the reaction would be if she were a guy.
“I think if you were to swap the roles, if you were to have Edward and Bella be [switched around], people would find him to be so courageous, and like, ‘Wow, he just laid it out on the line for her, and really trusts himself and even in the face of the strongest adversity, he doesn’t deny his feelings.'”
“If it wasn’t for [Bella], they’d have stopped after the first movie,” Kristen continued.
The Kristin Stewart interview has close to 70,000 views on YouTube. As Gossip Cop reports, Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight, announced the gender swap in the upcoming book last week.
In an interview on Good Morning America, Meyer explained that this huge change to the Twilight books was something she wanted to do to celebrate the franchise’s 10th anniversary.
“The further you get in, the more it changes because the personalities get a little bit different,” Meyer said. “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.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, some of the other personality changes in Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined are that Beau (Bella) is more OCD and not as angry. The new Twilight book is already available in paperback and ebook and was packaged in a 10th anniversary bundle with the original book. Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition debuted at No. 2 on Amazon’s best-seller list.
The reviews of Twilight Reimagined have been mixed so far, as this article on Bustle notes. Some Twihards, as Twilight fans like to call themselves, still want a retelling of the Twilight story with an Edward Cullen POV. Others slammed Stephenie Meyer for her lack of originality and called the new Twilight book a work of fanfiction.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) October 12, 2015
To her credit, Myers has said that Twilight Reimagined is “not a real book.”
“I want to say this is not a real book, and I am totally aware of this,” she said at New York Comic-Con.
According to ABC News, she also said that she thinks of Life and Death as bonus material.
Myers added that she wrote Twilight Reimagined as a response to criticism that Bella was too much of a damsel in distress. She wanted to show that the love story could work even if the genders were swapped and “that doing it was fun, and when something is fun you tend to keep doing it.”
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson played Bella and Edward in the film adaptation of the Twilight books. The films were extremely successful, raking in a total of over $3 billion in total worldwide and U.S. ticket sales, according to Wikipedia. The opening weekend of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second film in the franchise is still the highest grossing opening weekend in U.S. history.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart fell in love during the filming of the franchise but broke up publicly in 2013. Since then, Pattinson and FKA Twigs have become an item while Kristen Stewart and Alicia Cargile, a visual effects producer and coordinator, have been romantically linked.
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