Twilight Gender Swap??!

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Twilight‘s release, Stephenie Meyer has re-written the story of Twilight with a gender swap of the most iconic vampire-human love triangle in the history of the last 10 years or so.

Trading Places: A Gender-Swap YA Wish List

Because apparently the first version of Twilight wasn’t painful enough.

So now we have the same story but with an epic twist: Bella is now “Beaufort” and Edward is now “Edythe.” Yes, you read that correctly.


And Edythe.

And if there’s one thing I know for sure, nothing screams “contemporary teen romance” like characters whose names sound like they come from a bodice-ripper romance set in the early 1900’s.

Personally, as a librarian and, well… human being who wants to live in a world of literate people, I will try not to smack down anything that gets people to read. I thought Fifty Shades of Gray was no better than slime I’d scrape off my shoe in a NYC subway, but it got people into libraries wanting to know what all the fuss was about. For that reason, I can see the value in just about any book.

HOWEVER. This just screams “Stephenie Meyer wants a new vacation home and is in need of a payday” to me. The Twilight community has been so silent for so long, and most of its fanbase has either forgotten about it or grown up. I’m very curious to see what the sales and reviews are going to be like for this release, especially who’s buying it. I’d love to know if Meyer was trying to get a new generation of teens hooked on the series, or if her thought was to gift something new(ish) to the fangirls and fanboys who loved it the first time around.

I can’t mock too much, because I was apart of the initial Twilight craze back in the day. I got tired of it shortly after the release of New Moon. I didn’t read any of the other books beyond that point, and I was never fangirl-y enough to care if Midnight Sun was ever published. BUT. While I look back fondly on those days and ponder, “what in the heck was I thinking,” I have to say that 2007 me would have been SO EXCITED for this version of the story.

The Twilight 10th Anniversary Edition is being sold as a dual edition containing both the original story and the new revamped (get it?! reVAMPed? I crack myself up sometimes…) version.


2 thoughts on “Twilight Gender Swap??!

  1. Claudette Melanson - Author of Dark Fantasy says:

    Reading it now. It actually is pretty interesting to see it from a different gender view, but sometimes I can’t wrap my head around the fact it’s not Bella. That part can be strange at time. But enjoying it so far. I heard there’s a different ending, but trying to keep away from any descriptions of that until I can finish!

    • Katie Cardell says:

      I’m glad you’re diggin’ the gender swap so far… I wasn’t sure if readers would find it interesting or annoying. You’ll have to let us know what you think of it when you’re done!

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