-The Daily Beast
Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight: Life and Death’ Doesn’t Break Gender Stereotypes—It Reinforces Them
New male protagonist Beau isn’t insecure or self-critical and he doesn’t think himself inferior to his superhuman lover, like Bella did. So much for challenging gender norms.
Over the last decade, Twilight has become famous for its loyal and ever-enthusiastic following, but fans of Edward and Bella got more than they ever asked for on Tuesday, as Twilight’s tenth anniversary brought a new, gender-swapped version of the vampire love story.
“You know, Bella has always gotten a lot of censure for getting rescued on multiple occasions, and people have always complained about her being a typical damsel in distress,” said Twilight author…Read more >
I have to say that "Life & Death" has to be about the most silliest, mundane, droll attempt at literature that I've ever read. YES. I admit - I read it - mostly for pure curiosity. It's more or less the same book as Twilight - but with the sexes switched. Some parts of the story are changed...but not changed enough to make the story interesting.
The story has WEAK characters: Beau (Bella) is a guy who isn't really into girls, hates cars, driving fast, but loves doing housework such as cooking and cleaning. What teen boy doesn't like cars and driving fast?
Meyer claims that the story is a 'gift' to her fans. So, Meyer probably spent a few hours on her computer doing 'search' and 'replace' - then changing the ending.
I do have to say that it to…Read more >