I’m going to give you guys fair warning: I am a major Twilight fangirl. I read the books for the first time during my freshman year of high school and like thousands of teenage girls in 2008, I was completely obsessed with Stephenie Meyer’s debut series. Now, as an adult woman, I find myself sucked back in to the small town of Forks and the paranormal world that Meyer created. Life and Death is the same story with an intriguing new twist: almost all of the characters have been gender swapped. I went into this expecting to enjoy it purely for the nostalgic fun, but I didn’t expect to love it even more than I loved the original book.
Stephenie Meyer said in an interview with Christine Riccio of PolandBananasBooks on YouTube, that people constantly comment that Bella is too much of a damsel in distress. When told this, she thought that no one would say that if Bella was a boy, and thus the idea for Life and Death was born.
I was totally entranced from the beginning to the exciting end. While the story is almost exactly the same, the subtle differences brought a fresh perspective to the story. I very much enjoy the male point of view and watching as Beau fell for Edythe. The vampire being a total badass female was something I greatly appreciated too.
I am very aware of the problematic elements in Twilight and some of those elements are still present in this version. However, I must admit that those elements did little to diminish my enjoyment of story. Reading is about having fun and I definitely had fun with Life and Death.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and believe that it is a must read for all my fellow twi-hards out there. I believe fans of Bella and Edward will adore Beau and Edythe. It was lovely to revisit this story with a fresh twist.