Today, a special Twilight Tenth Anniversary/ Life and Death dual edition is available, pairing the original Twilight with a reimagining – Life and Death – by Stephenie Meyer.
In Life and Death, the iconic tale is told through the eyes of a human teenage boy in love with a female vampire. So Bella is now Beau; Edward is now female vampire Edythe.
Meyer decided to flip the genders in part due to her readers who approached her at signings, concerned that Bella was too much a ‘damsel in distress’.
“It’s amazing to me that ten years have passed since Twilight was first published”, says Meyer. “For me, this anniversary is a celebration of the fans, with all of their incredible passion and dedication. I’m excited to get to spend time with them again.”
Since it was published in 2005, Twilight became a New York Times bestseller, with its sequels New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn selling over 100 million copies worldwide. The series also spawned into a blockbuster film franchise, winning 32 Teen Choice Awards and 17 MTV Movie Awards. Oh…and grossed a whopping $1.1 billion globally!
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