Author: Stephenie Meyer
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Released: October 6th 2015
Review Source: Atom
This new edition pairs the classic love story with Stephenie Meyer’s bold and surprising reimagining of the complete novel with the characters’ genders reversed. In Life and Death, readers will be thrilled to experience this iconic tale told through the eyes of a human teenage boy in love with a female vampire… features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new cover art. Fans of Bella and Edward will not want to miss the opportunity to see these iconic characters portrayed in intriguing new roles.
For the tenth anniversary of Twilight, when I heard Life and Death was coming out, I was not all that interested to be blunt. I had the preconceived notion that it was likely to be a retelling of Twilight where just the gender related nouns and pronouns would have been swapped from the she to the he and vice versa, and of course the names changing but keeping the first letter.
These things of course did happen, but so much more was changed too. Stephanie Meyer had the opportunity to do what many authors sometimes with they could. To go back and edit and make changes after the books been published. To clean up awkward sentences, or embellish where she hadn’t considered back when first writing her story. It really shows too, I really enjoyed reading this more than I thought I would and the improvement to writing helped a lot of that at first. There was also funny going on, I found myself cracking up and it made it that much more than twilight.
I wasn’t intending to make this a long review but I wanted to stress that while it is the same Twilight, simply reimagined it really is in many ways different from Bella and Edwards’s story. I won’t give spoilers simply because you’d have to read it yourself to truly understand what I’m trying to express.
Because it needs to be said; the names really? How awkward to read and it could have been simpler… Bella: Beau? How about Benat or Blane? Edyth for Edward?? Why not simply Emily, or even Elizabeth? Then again, remember what they Bella/Edward named their daughter, ugh. I also felt that while Edward chose to drive a Volvo, that part could have been changed to something like a Miata for Edyth, just saying.