Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Okay, so as many of you may (or may not) know, Stephenie Meyer released her 10th anniversary edition of Twilight, complete with a novel called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. This is NOT a review of Twilight itself, just the special novel that was released with it (and for the record, I have read the entire Twilight saga).
So, as you can tell, this review is mainly a review parody, not a very serious review at all. As stated in the title, I have already said you shouldn’t read Life and Death and I’ll tell you why. Life and Death takes the characters from Twilight and switches their genders around; Bella is now Beau and Edward is now Edythe and so on and so forth. The only characters who were not swapped were the protagonist’s parents. Basically, Meyer just went into her document of Twilight and did a find and replace with all the names and all the pronouns (something that wouldn’t take a lot of time to do, and her and her agent can make even more money on the series). It is basically the exact same book as Twilight. Going in, I thought it would be at least a little bit different, but the differences are so minimal, it’s like I read Twilight all over again but the story didn’t draw me in as well, and who needs to read it more than once anyway? Since both novels are bound into one volume, I compared the text of each chapter to see just how different it was, but it was only maybe a word switched around here or there.
The only thing this novel has that is different is a special ending chapter, because at the end of Life and Death, Beau becomes a vampire. This is what Meyer would have written if Twilight were to just end there instead of continuing. It was a relatively interesting last chapter, but the problem was that I couldn’t really get invested in the characters because they had no real individuality from their Twilight counterparts.
Honestly, I would have rather just read Twilight again (despite what I said previously) instead of trying so hard to get into these characters that have no depth. Then again, the characters of Twilight don’t have much going for them either. Meyer didn’t have the best character development for that series, and her writing in the Twilight saga is rather simple, but The Host, on the other hand, is a fantastic read. If you want to check out anything by Stephenie Meyer, go for The Host. If you are a die-hard Twilight fan and can’t wait to read Life and Death, don’t waste your time, just…don’t do it!