Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition Audiobook
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I quite enjoyed this fresh “reimagining” of the Twilight narrative, although it’s evident that not everyone shares my sentiment. (I can’t help but chuckle at the reviewers who find it hard to believe that a teenage boy could be as socially awkward as Bella—or Beau—Swan. Clearly, they didn’t experience the teenage years alongside my brothers, who navigated their way through that phase with remarkable awkwardness as their bodies transitioned into adulthood.)
A significant portion of the scenes closely parallels those from the original book, aligning with Stephenie’s intention to demonstrate that any human placed in Bella’s shoes (surrounded by supernatural beings who are stronger, more resilient, and considerably older, many of whom have a thirst for your demise) would find themselves in moments of “distress” and in need of occasional rescuing, irrespective of gender. This stems from the fact that vampires in this universe function as natural predators of humans, possessing numerous advantages in terms of physical prowess and resources, advantages not balanced by the vulnerabilities of the more “traditional” vampire from legend, like aversion to sunlight, religious artifacts, wild roses, and holy water. (Yes, yes, I’m aware this is one of the aspects that some folks don’t appreciate about Twilight. However, it’s worth noting that virtually all authors of popular vampire novels have dispensed with certain vulnerabilities. When was the last time you read about someone in an Anne Rice, Poppy Z. Brite, Bram Stoker, or Charlaine Harris novel being obstructed by a handful of rice scattered on the ground, only to be compelled to meticulously count and separate every grain before proceeding? Legendary vampires encounter a plethora of challenges, but somehow, there’s no outcry when Guillermo Del Toro takes creative liberties!)
Critics who assert that the book is a mere replication often seem to have not completed it. In truth, it concludes quite differently, and for reasons I won’t divulge, I find this conclusion preferable. (Rest assured, I won’t spoil it for you.)
Naturally, the primary purpose of a review is to guide potential readers in determining their compatibility with a book. Thus, here’s my assessment in that regard:
If you relished the Twilight universe—with its various vampire factions, the intricacies of the werewolf dynamic (although it’s regrettable that a real tribe’s name was employed, causing justifiable cultural concerns), and the innovative attributes of vampires and werewolves distinct from traditional lore—you’re likely to derive satisfaction from this book.
If you’re not wedded to the concept of awkwardness, vulnerability, and sensitivity being confined to “female” traits, or of strength, assertiveness, and emotional reserve being pigeonholed as “male” traits, then you’ll likely derive pleasure from this book. Edythe mirrors Edward in her conciseness, troubles, discomfort with expressing emotions, and straightforwardness. Similarly, Beau exhibits the same awkwardness, vulnerability, and sensitivity as Bella, despite employing less adorned language.
Conversely, if you cherished the adherence to conventional gender roles in the original book (even though Bella consistently pursued her desires and never shied away from challenging Edward’s behavior, compelling him to acknowledge that he couldn’t control her, not even for her own benefit), then this book might not align with your preferences. Some individuals struggle with characters like Edythe who stand their ground and harbor their thoughts. Additionally, Edythe’s intense pursuit takes on a different tone when viewed apart from the societal norms that often tolerate questionable behavior from infatuated young men. This compels readers to confront their own perceptions of acceptability and their underlying rationales.
If the love triangle captured your intrigue, particularly if you rooted for “Team Jacob,” then this book might not resonate with you. The distinction between Bella/Beau’s view of Jacob/Julie as a childhood friend/extended family member versus a potential romantic interest is even more pronounced here than in Twilight. Interaction between Beau and Julie is even scarcer than between Bella and Jacob.
For those who appreciated the power dynamic between Bella and Edward, this book might not align with your tastes, especially if you hold affection for the concept of Renesmee. (While I find Renesmee to be an intriguing character, I’m disenchanted with the notion of “imprinting.” Moreover, the idea of Jacob transitioning to another relationship without maturing and acknowledging that the “Friend Zone” is a concept fabricated to rationalize negative attitudes and behaviors isn’t palatable to me.)
However, if you delighted in the Cullen stories, the Volturi’s history, and the way Bella (an adrenaline enthusiast with a penchant for the unusual, who frequently defies norms) influenced Edward to embrace her perspective and cease attempting to make decisions on her behalf, treating her as an equal—you’ll likely savor this book to the same degree, particularly given the conclusion. (Admittedly, some facets of the ending are harsh; nevertheless, they align with the characters’ survival instincts and practicality.)
Certain character names might strike you as nonsensical. But bear in mind that some names in the original Twilight series were equally peculiar. The rationale behind names like Carine and Carlisle might not be immediately apparent, yet it’s influenced by local naming conventions in Utah—a context unfamiliar to us and thus not a basis for judgment.
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A mixture of the positive and negative, with a surprising level of enjoyment. I might even venture to say that it outshone the original—according to my own perspective, at least. And here’s my reasoning, presented through a breakdown of pros and cons that stem from my two viewpoints.
The Upsides The gender reversal made a strong statement and spurred discussions about the unjust judgments and stereotypes rooted solely in gender. It also underscored the notion that whether Bella was portrayed as a boy or a girl didn’t fundamentally alter matters (to some extent). What resonated more deeply for me, however, was how this change seemed to fit more organically within the story. Whether it was the writing itself or the character evolution, I couldn’t quite pinpoint the reason, but the outcome was undeniably effective.
The book essentially underwent a much-needed round of revisions, encompassing a decade’s worth of desired alterations. Meyer’s evident love for her characters shines through in her prose.
Beau’s character is remarkably amusing. Potentially, Kristen Stewart’s less-than-dynamic portrayal (at times, Bella’s dialogues felt akin to observing paint dry, only more exasperating and painful) has colored my recollection of the character. I don’t recollect a single laugh during my initial read, yet Life and Death had me grinning constantly. Beau is endearing in every sense!
The conclusion. Meyer managed to craft an ending that felt less fantastical than Breaking Dawn and more gratifying than any of the previous books in the series. It’s what I’d always hoped for!
The Downsides This book comes across as a money-making endeavor. Even though it’s dressed up as a special commemoration for fans on the tenth anniversary, it’s hard to ignore the undeniable financial motive behind its publication. Granted, many readers might not be perturbed; after all, it’s additional content from a cherished series and author. In that perspective, does the underlying motivation truly matter?
Dreadful names—just when you thought Edythe (Edward), Jessamine (Jasper), Carine (Carlisle), and Ernest (Esme) couldn’t sound any more peculiar, the struggle to keep track of who’s who persisted. My beleaguered mind struggled to keep up.
Instances of sexual assault were swapped out for instances of physical assault and attempted murder. It’s worth noting that men can also fall victim to these circumstances, so the question arises: why the alteration?
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I understand that this read can spark controversy, but being a devotee of the original series, I welcomed the fact that Stephenie Meyer had ventured into new territory. Approaching it with an unbiased perspective, I found myself drawn to the notion of characters undergoing a gender reversal, and contrary to some claims, it wasn’t the catastrophe it had been painted to be. In my assessment, I can say that I was FOND of this book. Yes, the storyline retains a sense of familiarity, yet it carries a distinct flavor. Just as you begin anticipating the unfolding events, the path takes an unforeseen turn; dialogues take on new tones, and the intricacies of relationships evolve differently. This injection of freshness was rather invigorating. My primary concern had been that Beau, positioned as the ostensibly weaker human, would be rendered overly meek, but my worries were unfounded. Edythe, though undeniably a strong-willed individual, yearned to find solace in Beau’s embrace, to be nurtured and cherished. I found myself quite taken by these two.
“However, no one has ever accused me of falling under the spell of dimples before.”
The dynamic shared between Beau and Charlie intrigued me—the bond between father and son was portrayed in an altogether distinct light. Yet, I must confess, keeping track of the Cullens’ names and relating them back to their counterparts in the original narrative proved challenging; this aspect did irk me on occasion. The true gem of this book, though? The resounding twist it unveils.
I encourage you to approach this book with an open heart, temporarily setting aside your longing for “Midnight Sun” and “The Host #2” (I, too, am eager for those). Take a leisurely stroll alongside Beau and Edythe; they express some truly heartwarming sentiments.
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I have no qualms in confessing my affection for all the Twilight books and films. While not reaching the fervor of some fans, I’ve certainly revisited the books more than once, and the films have often found their way onto my list of comforting watches.
The book is essentially a retelling of Twilight, with a unique twist: all the characters have undergone a gender swap. Not merely Bella and Edward, but every single character within the novel, with the exception of Charlie and Renee. If you’re intimately familiar with the books and films, this initiation can be a tad mind-bending. In fact, I’d venture to say that Meyer assumes you’ve delved into the original series. Each character emerges quite unlike your expectations, prompting me to frequently ponder, “Ah, so you’re meant to be such and such.” Strangely, even the main characters, whom you’d assume you know inside out, gave me pause – prompting me to reflect, “Wait, who is this character again?” The situation wasn’t aided by Meyer’s decision to opt for slightly unconventional names for the gender-swapped counterparts. Take for instance the shift from Rose to Royal – why Royal, I must wonder.
Meyer provides a foreword to the novel, expressing her intent to demonstrate that the narrative could still thrive even if Edward were a girl. This notion emerged partly due to certain criticisms Bella faced as the archetypal damsel in distress, leading Meyer to explore how this dynamic would function in reverse. Additionally, she mentions incorporating a few additional scenes. While it’s been some time since I last read Twilight, these new scenes didn’t notably stand out to me. However, I’m hesitant to divulge too much about the ending for fear of spoilers. Let’s just say that “Life and Death” introduces an alternative conclusion to the original.
Did the gender swapping concept work? To a degree, yes and no. I appreciated Meyer’s approach to the characters; they weren’t mere duplicates of their original selves. Logically, they couldn’t be. Beau (the male version of Bella) retained that charming awkwardness yet exuded a hint more of obsessive-compulsive tendencies and even a touch more confidence than his female counterpart. Edythe, on the other hand, carried a certain gracefulness that we hadn’t seen in Edward.
However, I found myself not quite as enamored with the romance this time around. Perhaps, as a female reader, I relish experiencing a love story from the perspective of the girl or woman, projecting myself into her shoes. In that vein, the male perspective didn’t quite capture my heart and sweep me off my feet the way the original did. While it was certainly good and enjoyable, it didn’t incite adoration. Surprisingly, the highlight for me was the alternate ending, exploring how events could unfold with different choices. I eagerly flipped through the pages to unravel this reimagination. Strangely enough, I believe Bella’s ending was superior and might have worked better even within this new narrative, teamed with Edward.
All in all, this book offers a positive and enjoyable experience, though it doesn’t quite scale the heights of the original. I can acknowledge the ingenious approach Meyer took, meticulously contemplating each gender swap. The fresh ending was a pleasant divergence, but there’s no denying the superiority of the original book, with its more captivating romance. I suppose I’ll always harbor dreams of a man sweeping me away on a white horse—or taking me soaring through the trees, rather than the other way around. Nonetheless, this stands as a welcome bonus for Twilight fans, albeit a slightly pricey one; hopefully, the cost will drop in due time.
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Well I’m a huge fan of twilight so it’s 5*s all the way. Now life and death version….. It was exciting to read an alternative ending, I personally felt it was short and rushed, I understand she may have been on a page limit? But another chapter could have made all the difference. It also at times felt sloppy the way beau spoke in the end! There’s no need for examples, I believe you will understand what I am saying when you read it.
I really liked Edyth and Beau, I personally don’t feel I would have loved the story as much had they been the main characters instead of bella and Edward, they didn’t have the same appeal to me, definitely likeable just not as spellbinding.
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