Ok, so why is this exciting? Well, it’s exciting because the “re-imagining” has the genders of the main cast swapped! Bella is Beau and Edward is Edythe. Some scoff that it’s the same story, so it can’t be that “new” but the truth is, this story still drums up so much frenzy and excitement (me included) that even a retelling is pretty damn awesome news. It’s a love story, and yes, some would say that Bella and Edward’s relationship had some issues, but that does not stop me/the world from loving these books. First love is intense, fast, emotional and 100% relatable.
And look, I get it. I get the backlash on the character of Bella Swan, I do. I consider myself a feminist and hated how she was sort of helpless in the beginning of this series. However, I am of the belief that you can be a feminist and like Twilight, in the same way you can like that your partner wants to protect and “save you” but that it doesn’t mean you NEED them to do so. It’s just nice that they want to, you know?
That leads me to Bella Swan. She needed to be protected (often.) She needed to be saved, but any human in the middle of a vampire and werewolf battle ground would need to.
Now, if it is done the way I HOPE it is, I am pumped to see a kick-ass Edythe saving Beau and protecting him from the dangers that surround them in the rainy town of Forks. What WORRIES me, is that she (Meyers) will have written the characters differently in the way that human Beau is going to be a stronger and a more self-sufficient character than human Bella Swan was in the original (because he is a dude.) That would be super frustrating. But hey, let’s be optimistic!
What do you think about the new take on the original? The book is out now for Twilight‘s 10th Anniversary and available on Amazon.