‘Twi­light’ marks 10th year with gen­der swap twist

The China Post - - ARTS -

The hugely suc­cess­ful “Twi­light” vam­pire ro­mance se­ries is mark­ing its 10th an­niver­sary with a twist — a gen­der swap.

Best-selling U.S. au­thor Stephenie Meyer said Tues­day that she wrote 400-plus pages of bonus con­tent that now fea­tures a teen boy fall­ing for a fe­male vam­pire — not the other way around as in the orig­i­nal.

“Now Bella is Beau and Ed­ward is Edythe,” Meyer told ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” show.

“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,’” she added.

Ti­tled “Life and Death: Twi­light Reimagined,” the an­niver­sary ma­te­rial — de­scribed by online re­tailer Ama­zon as “a bold and sur­pris­ing reimag­in­ing” — can be pur­chased along­side the first “Twi­light” novel in a so-called flip book.

With a few ex­cep­tions, most of the char­ac­ters in the an­niver­sary take have swapped sexes, Meyer said. Even Ja­cob, the were­wolf, is now a Julie.

“The fur­ther you get in, the more it changes be­cause the per­son­al­i­ties get a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,” Meyer told ABC.

“But 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.”

Meyer said she was also inspired by com­ments made at book sign­ings about Bella be­ing a “dam­sel in dis­tress.”

“It’s al­ways both­ered me a lit­tle bit be­cause any­one sur­rounded by su­per­heroes is go­ing to be ... in dis­tress. We don’t have the pow­ers,” Meyer said.

“I thought, ‘What if we switched it around a bit and see how a boy does,’ and, you know, it’s about the same.”

Still, Meyer said she didn’t think the twist was the be­gin­ning of some­thing big­ger. And although she ac­knowl­edged she has given some thought to who could play the roles on-screen, she added that she didn’t re­ally see a film ver­sion hap­pen­ing.

More than 150 mil­lion copies of the four-novel Twi­light se­ries have sold world­wide while the five block­buster movies it inspired took in more than US$3.3 bil­lion in box of­fice re­ceipts.

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