Stephenie Meyer has re-written Twilight to make Bella the vampire and Edward the human

The American author has released a gender swapping new tale - Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined - to mark the tenth anniversary of the best-selling novel's release

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When Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight first hit bookshelves back on 6th October 2005 the author had no idea it would go on to become the first in a best-selling series and launch a mega movie franchise.

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Now, ten years on, she’s re-released the original novel, featuring bonus material with a twist: Edward’s the unassuming teenager and Bella’s the broody vampire who just so happens to watch him while he sleeps.

Yup, Meyer’s re-written her original tale to tell the story of of a female vampire called Edythe and the human teenage boy she falls in love with, Beau – and you can find Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined in a copy of the 10th anniversary edition of Twilight.

“I wanted to do something fun for the 10th anniversary,” Meyer told Good Morning America, Mashable reports. And she wasted no time in addressing those damsel in distress criticisms that had often been levelled at her when it came to leading lady Bella Swan.

“My answer to that has always been that Bella is a ‘human in distress,’ a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and villains. She’s also been criticized for being too consumed with her love interest, as if that’s somehow just a girl thing. I’ve always maintained that it would have made no difference if the human were male and vampire female — it’s still the same story.”

“The further you get in the more it changes because the personalities get different,” Meyer explained. “It’s just a love story, it doesn’t matter who’s the boy and who’s the girl. It’s really very much the same thing. My hope is that maybe the younger readers may be introduced.” 

Surely it’s all just a ploy to get another franchise on the shelves and in cinemas though, eh? We’ll see Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart gearing up for another go in a few months time, right? And Taylor Lautner can even get in on the action?

“This is just one version of Beau,” said Meyer. “And as far as a new movie goes, I don’t really see that happening.”

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And there we were thinking we’d have an excuse to watch Michael Sheen get pasty and evil again…