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'Twilight' characters swap genders in 10th anniversary bonus: 'Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined'


(ABC) -- “Twilight” fans who declared themselves “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob” will have to rename their allegiance thanks to 400-plus pages of bonus content released today from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer in honor of the hugely popular book’s 10th anniversary.

In the new anniversary material, "Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined," the gender roles of the series’ main characters are reversed, turning Edward into Edythe and Jacob into Julie.

The new story is told through the eyes of Beau, the male equivalent of “Twilight” star Bella Swan, made famous by Kristen Stewart on the big screen.

It was the character of Bella who inspired Meyer to completely switch things up when her agent asked her to write something special for the 10th anniversary of “Twilight,” a book that inspired a series of four books in all that have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.

Meyer, an Arizona-based mom of three, writes in the newly released material’s foreword that she was inspired by the comments made against the series that it paints Bella’s character as a “typical damsel in distress.”

“My answer to that has always been that Bella is a ‘human in distress,’ a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and villains. … I’ve always maintained that it would have made no difference if the human were male and vampire female -- it’s still the same story,” she wrote. “So I thought to myself, ‘Well, what if I put that theory to the test? That might be fun.’”

The 10th anniversary bonus material was supposed to be just “one or two” chapters, according to Meyer, but turned into 400-plus pages after Meyer says she found the re-imagining of the story “really fast and easy” to write.

“It turns out that there isn’t much difference at all between a female human in love with a male vampire and a male human in love with a female vampire,” Meyer, 41, wrote. “And that’s how Beau and Edythe were born.”

Two “Twilight” characters who escape the gender swap in the new book are Charlie and Renee, the parents of Beau-Bella. Those two were not changed because, according to Meyer, “I have a really hard time believing that any judge at that time (or even now) would give a child to a transient, unemployed father over a mother with a steady job and strong ties to her community.”

The 10th anniversary edition of “Twilight” is in bookstores today and the twist even extends to the book’s cover. The special edition features the cover of the first “Twilight” book on the front, while the back of the book reveals the special cover for for "Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined."

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