So ‘fess up: have you checked out the 10th anniversary edition of ‘Twilight’? Stephenie Meyer did something very different: she switched the gender of the characters! Have you ever heard of a writer doing that before? I haven’t.
During an appearance at New York Comic Con, however, Stephenie said the book (which is formally titled: ‘Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition’) isn’t exactly “real.”
I want to say this is not a real book, and I am totally aware of this.”
Translation: please don’t accuse her of trying to rip anybody off- LOL.
If the reviews on Amazon are any indication, this tenth anniversary book isn’t going over to well. It already has over 100 customer reviews (as of this writing) with an average of 2.7 out of 5 stars. OUCH. Even ‘Breaking Dawn,’ which suffered the “don’t burn it, return it” campaign from some disgruntled readers, isn’t rated that low.
I skimmed some of the negative reviews and one point stood out to me in particular. It sounds like, by switching the genders, people no longer have a character they can relate to. In other words, Bella was a fairly bland girl who was lucky enough to have this handsome, charismatic man fall in love with her, and a lot of readers enjoyed that story: both because it’s a lot of women’s fantasy and because they could essentially put themselves in the place of Bella and imagine this was happening to them. However, they don’t feel able to do that with the male mortal and aren’t really into reading about this gorgeous female vampire. I can understand that. You know I’ve gotta ask those of you who’ve read the book…
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