Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: Life and Death - Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

Life and Death - Twilight Reimagined
by Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 752
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.

*Note: Review might contain spoilers for those who have not read the novel*

It's an unfortunate case that no matter what medium the tale that skyrocketed Stephenie Meyer's fame is presented, that it'll regardlessly receive a bad rap. If you were around the book scene when Twilight first made it's big debut, you'll recall the incredible positive remarks many readers made about the series but not without encountering a lot of the negatives. It was called out for being sexist, abusive, unimaginative, and the endless arguments caused a rift in the online community. Regardless of your thoughts on the Twilight series, positive or negative, you have to admit that without it the young adult community (authors and books alike) would not be what it is today. With that said, I was curious to see what Stephenie Meyer's re-imagined Twilight would bring the community. Would the changes be vast, a complete reimagining of it's predecessor, or would it be a simple gender-swap to keep the masses happy?

"I stared across the long room, into the dark eyes of the hunter, and she looked pleasantly back at me."

If you've read Twilight, and I'm going to just assume that you did, you'll remember the tale - girl meets sparkly immortal boy, girl falls in love with sparkly immortal boy, insert love triangle, a whole lot of crazy happens, the end. With the 10th anniversary hardback re-release, Stephanie Meyer chose to release a reimagined version of the title. With that said, I expected to see the story head a completely different direction than the original tale. I figured that due to the vastly different circumstances, Bella as male and Edward as female, that the chain of events would unfold differently and lead to new conclusions.

With that said, I am positive fans and readers who first fell in love with Twilight will adore the reimagined release from bestselling author Stephenie Meyer. This series brought along thousands of new readers and, even though most are reluctant to admit, revived the young adult genre. I look forward to seeing whether or not this genderswapped release will inspire other authors to do the same. Overall, I found Life and Death to be quite entertaining and a different look of what could have been. In fact, if compared to the original story, I much preferred this version.

3 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Interesting. I heard about this after a long day of crazy and thought I was imagining things. Guess not, although it does sound interesting. Might give it a go.

    1. Definitely give it a try. You'll be surprised, guaranteed =D

  2. I didn't like Twilight. Do you think I'll like this?

    1. You know what, you just might. No way of knowing unless you try =D

  3. shocked this was even released
    cant believe its already been 10 years right wendy?
    it feels like the bandwagon for twilight started only half that time ago

    ive heard people tell me the ending is different

  4. Thanks for taking the time to review the bonus story Wendy! I was curious about it the day it was announced and I was expecting maybe a LGBTQ switcheroo not just a gender swap. It's good news that you felt this one was better than the original. It says that maybe she's improved on the story?

  5. Just like everyone else, I was surprised about this news
    I can't even believe it's already been 10 years! That's a milestone, for sure.
    Anyways excellent review, Wendy

  6. People forget how much Twilight changed the YA market..... I think this idea was a pretty cool way to celebrate a 10th anniversary

    Kate @ Ex Libris