Entitled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, this reboot of the original story has Edward and Bella trading gender places, with Beaufort as the new human in town and Edythe as the mysterious local vampire.
Meyer has said that this is the same story, even with certain other changes(Jacob is now Julie) and part of her motivation for doing this is to prove that Bella is not a "damsel in distress" but rather a "human in distress". While I do appreciate the work that went into recreating Twilight(especially since I'm in the middle of a rewrite myself), this does feel as if Stephanie Meyer is trying to apologize for her character and she really doesn't have to, in my opinion:
I'm well familiar with the Twilight hatred and yes, there are flaws in the story logic(that imprinting business was rather awkward) yet I don't feel that Bella Swan was the anti-Buffy as many claimed her to be.
Truth be told, Buffy didn't always make the best romantic choices there(remember the twisted nature of her relationship with Spike?) and while she would not have put up with an Edward Cullen, Buffy did get mopey for way too long during season four over a frat boy named Parker who seduced and then dumped her. Not to mention how she still wanted Angel back even when he went full on evil in season two.
I have the feeling that if Buffy and Bella did manage to meet up, both of them would find a lot in common with each other despite their very different approaches to vampire romance:
Meyer is not the only one who has expressed regret about her work; J.K. Rowling has said that maybe Harry and Hermoine would've been a better couple(which I strongly disagree but that's a whole other argument) and for a while, Anne Rice was doing a mea culpa over her vampire chronicles there.
Yet, even Anne Rice has come around on that and while she's not a Twilight fan, she does see what those books were tuning into and can appreciate them a little bit. Each of the Twilight novels did have a classic book as it's initial theme and it amazes me that some folks think that Heathcliff and Cathy from Wuthering Heights were an ideal couple but Bella and Edward are the worst:
I've read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, both of which have male leads who are deliberately cruel at times to those they claim to love, and trust me, Edward Cullen is not as bad as Mr. Rochester or Heathcliff.
True, he does get way overprotective of Bella and rather insistent with his affections but on the other hand, he never locked up a mentally unstable first wife and attempted to marry someone else on the sly or forced an entire family to suffer financial and emotional ruin because the woman he loved married another man and then died(yep, that happens in both of the Bronte sisters' books!).
All I'm saying is that while the relationships in Twilight do deserve some criticism, they shouldn't bear the entire burden of questionable tropes in that genre. The vampire love triangles for the likes of True Blood or The Vampire Diaries are and were not at all perfect either and let's face it, no fictional relationship is free of flaws, mainly because that would make for a boring story:
Why not? This is the age of nip/tuck, so it would be easy to explain away any queries about their ageless appearance. No, I'm not going to write that but who knows, maybe Stephanie Meyer will someday. It's just a shame that she didn't feel the creative urge to this time around.
Well, I don't plan on reading Twilight Reimagined any time soon but I won't come down on those who want to for sincere, non mocking reasons. Instead, I might simply reread Twilight to recapture the magic that drew me into this saga to begin with. Congrats on your ten year anniversary, Stephanie Meyer, and I hope that by the next celebration, you won't feel the need to defend your creative choices so that we can all enjoy them together: