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Twilight author releases Twilight 10th Anniversary edition with gender-swapped roles

No longer the damsel in distress, Bella is the one holding back her bloodlust in the rereleased version of Twilight 10th Anniversary. Earlier today “Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer announced that she has released a new version of her the popular vampire romance novel, only this time the genders of main characters Edward and Bella have been swapped.

The official announcement was made earlier today (Tuesday) as the world celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Twilight series’ book release.

“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,’” Meyer said on “Good Morning America” this morning.

The new version also gets a new name, called “Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined,” Bella is now an antsy teen named Beau, while the role of Edward is taken over by a female vampire named Edythe. The werewolf Jacob will now be played by Julie.

During the interview and the introduction to the new story, Meyer said she made the changes because she didn’t like people referring to Bella as 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,” she 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.”

“I wonder if it will change how people look at Bella a little bit, to see her as him,” she continued. “I do feel like it’s really very much the same thing so I guess my hope is that maybe the younger readers will be reintroduced because a lot of my readers, you know, they’re all 10 years older now and so there’s a whole new generation.”

The original concept for changing the genders wasn’t supposed to be an entire new-telling of the story. After she started writing it however, Meyer just couldn’t seem to stop and redid the story with the new character-roles.

Don’t expect these books to become movies though Twilight fans (though I secretly wish they would) Meyers thinks these books will stay books. “I don’t really see that happening and a lot of the people I’d put in it would be like Grace Kelly so it’s a little too late for some of my first choices.” The tenth anniversary edition of “Twilight” is available online starting today!