{Bee Reviews} Life And Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

Posted October 13, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 24 Comments

{Bee Reviews} Life And Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #5
Published on October 6th 2015
by Little Brown & Co
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.

Warning: This is a negative, rant-y review and there are mean things about this book and series in it. Also, probably, curse words. If you’re sensitive to people hating on a book you love and you’re a fan of Twilight, do not keep reading. Not if it means that you’ll be insulting me in the comments by saying my opinion is wrong. Thanks in advance. 

*deep breath* *cracks knuckles* Okay, let’s do this.

Let me start off by saying that I did love these books when I first read them. What can I say? I didn’t know a lot of great books and pretty much read whatever was popular. Since then I’ve grown and I discovered this great community and so many amazing books. So when I re-read these old favorites of mine, I couldn’t do it. I hated them. I saw everything that was wrong with these books. And I’m not saying that it’s wrong for you to like these books. It’s not. It’s awesome if you love them. I know a lot of you started reading or discovered YA books because of these books and that is amazing! If anything, I’m happy that it got you reading and if you love these books, good for you. But I don’t. And I never had a chance to review these books since I didn’t really know that was a thing until I found Goodreads. Now I do and it’s not going to be pretty.

First things first, this book is nothing new. Sorry if some of you hoped for something new and refreshing. It’s not. This book came out already. Ten years ago. It’s called Twilight. This version is exactly the same. Only about 5-10% is different. And it didn’t improve anything. I had hoped that it would be better, but I knew what I was in for when I started this. I didn’t expect any improvement. And I knew I was right after reading the first page. The writing is still just as cringe-worthy as it was ten years ago. The characters, though their genders are switched, are still the same, bland, stupid people they were ten years ago. And I was just as frustrated reading this as I was years ago.

Don’t think for one second that swapping the genders changes a thing. It doesn’t. Bella is stupid and boring as a girl and a boy. Edward is a creepy stalking discoball as a boy and a girl. Also, since all the genders were different, the names changed too and quite honestly, I didn’t know who was who most of the time. And I didn’t give two craps about it. The names were stupid and the characters just as forgettable as they always have been. I mean, honestly… Edythe? Jessamine, Royal,..? What kind of names are those? And yes, they’re still glittering diamonds in the sunlight. I did hope that that would’ve changed, but no such luck. The romance hasn’t changed either. It’s, almost word for word, the same gagtastic insta-love.

Okay, one thing has changed. The ending is slightly different, but not original in the least. It’s just a few moments from the other three books thrown together to make a “new” ending. Which is good cause it means there won’t be any more of this craptacular gender-swapped Twilight in the future. Though, I did give this a half star for a reason. Because of the gender switch-up, the ridiculous miracle that was Renesmee doesn’t happen. Hurray for that! But in the end, it all comes down to the same. It sucks. It’s not good. It’s not worth your time. And I was stupid to have any hope for improvement at all. I stopped reading every word about halfway through. From there on I just skimmed the rest. I just wanted to get it over with.

Stephenie Meyer is not a good author. And I’m not even talking about the writing. She hasn’t published anything new since The Host came out in 2008. God knows why we’re still waiting for the sequel to that, though I’m not really eager to read it anyways so whatever. But instead of proving the haters wrong and bring us something new and original and good, she writes this? The same stupid-ass book she published ten years ago, only slightly different? Doesn’t she have any original ideas? Does she need to keep milking the same cow for the rest of her life? Cause if that’s the case, she’s not an author. She’s someone who wrote a bad story and got insanely lucky. As a reader I’m pissed. As a writer myself, I’m raging. This is not fair and it’s bullcrap.

There are so many talented writers out there, begging for a chance to get their work published by a professional publisher and they’d deserve it because they would bring something amazing to this world. There are so many self-published authors or authors from smaller publishers that don’t get the spotlight they deserve. And this stupid fucking series gets so much attention and praise and I don’t understand. I really don’t get it. Why do these horrible books become so damn popular? Why does anyone encourage this person to keep rehashing and milking the same damn story? This book that’s supposedly a reimagined version, costs $13 as an e-book. 13 fucking dollars! I don’t care that we get the original twilight with bonus features with it. It’s not worth it. It really isn’t. I know so many authors that are worth all the attention Stephenie Meyer gets but they don’t. And I couldn’t for the life of me explain why that is. And I swear, if E.L. James once again copies Stephenie by writing a genderswapped Fifty Shades, my faith in humanity will be gone. Cause she is another example of an author that doesn’t deserve the attention she gets. It boggles my mind and it makes me angry and frustrated. But hey, as long as people pay for their books, things won’t change and those brilliant authors that actually deserve to be on top will stay in the shadows of these two and that breaks my heart.

If your instincts were to skip this one, they were right. Don’t read this. Except maybe if you’re a die hard twilight fan. Even then, just don’t. I refuse to encourage anyone to read this. If you want a good book in this genre, just let me know and I’ll have some great recommendations for you. But don’t read this. Just don’t. Though it is a very good opportunity to review Twilight if you’ve read it before your reviewing days.


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24 responses to “{Bee Reviews} Life And Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

  1. I’m still not sure I want to read this book. I read this series in my teens and I did love the first book, but the others were just ok (although I never liked Breaking Dawn, to be honest). I actually read the names of the characters in this and yup, they’re crazy, I guess everything is possible after Renesmee haha. Thank you for your honest review! 🙂

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  2. I am on the fence about this, on the one hand I think Stephenie Meyer gets a lot of disproportionate hate due to Twilight – but I also think that this is clearly a cheap cash grab? How can I view this laziness any other way? I mean if it was truly for fans, she would offer this for free as I don’t think it is that much work to change pronouns and a few plot points. Thanks for suffering through this for us.

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  3. I’m not a fan of Stephenie Meyer, tbh, but I did read Twilight a few years back to see what all the “hate” was about…and I definitely don’t think it deserves it. I also don’t think it’s fair to hate on Stephenie Meyer! I mean, she’s just an author doing what she loves, aka, writing, right? I know she gets a lot of hate for it, and I think that’s really sad. 🙁 I don’t understand why she rewrote Twlight. It feels like fan-fic for your own book? I feel like it would’ve been a good career move for her if she’d wrote a spin-off series about vampires, maybe in that same world. Started something new! But yeah. I’m not saying I love her books, but I don’t think an author should be bashed. :(( Sorry if my comment is a bit miserable I APOLOGISE!!! XD

    • No no, I totally get it! I mean, yeah Twilight is bad and I absolutely can’t stand it, but I don’t think it deserves the massive hate it gets. I’m more pissed that she basically wrote a fan-fic of her novel, not even a good fan-fic, and then charges people so much money for it. I would’ve rather seen a spin-off or something new from her so she could change people’s minds! Now she just stokes the hate-fires and that’s just stupid. XD I don’t want to hate on her, but at this point it just feels like she got insanely lucky.

  4. *Stands up and claps!!!!* That was awesome, I read Twilight many years ago like you and I enjoyed it, then I read some other books, then some more books and so on and now I am just a bit meh about it all – I think the films actually made me go off it more!

    I do like the Host (film was awful though) and I had hoped there would be more in that world but Meyer needs to do something new even JK Rowling has managed to produce a few more books on top of Harry – I can see the next Game of Thrones book being out before Meyer writes anything new.

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    • Hurrah! 😛 And I get that and I also say in my review that it’s awesome if you love Twilight for whatever reason. I just don’t and I’m more angry at this book than the rest of the series.

  5. I have to say I’m not really surprised by anything you’ve written here. I was never expecting great things from this and from the reviews and excerpts I’ve seen it seems like pretty much the same thing. You know how E.L. James turned her fanfic into a novel by pretty much only changing the names? Well now Meyer is turning her novel into fanfic by only changing the gender…. Hm….

    To be perfectly honest, I probably will be reading this though. I’m not really expecting to like it, but I’m curious and I feel like it could be a bit of a laugh… who knows!

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