Sunday, December 13, 2015

REVIEW: Life and Death (Twilight Re-imagined) by Stephanie Myer

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is an additional, non-canon reimagining of Twilight. The book was written and published by Stephenie Meyer in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Twilight franchise. The story is set in an independent, parallel universe in which the most significant difference is that the genders, names and roles of the main characters have been reversed, with only a few exceptions.
The story follows essentially the same plotline as Twilight, but with necessary adjustments and slight changes to the story, dialogue, backgrounds, and personalities of the characters to accommodate the switched gender roles. Life and Death also features an alternate ending from the original plotline. 

I was really excited to read Life and Death since I was a hardcore Twihard. However, I was a little put off at the idea of another Twilight novel as I feel that the series should be left alone.

Towards the beginning I got caught up in who was who. Every time a character was discussed I was trying to figure out who they were in the original novel plus I was trying to notice every little detail that was changed. About a third of the way through the book I realized that doing so was making it extremely hard to enjoy the story so after that I tried to just enjoy the novel as an individual and not as a Twilight rewrite.

After that I actually enjoyed most of the novel. There are parts that I found to be awkward. It's probably just me stuck in society's gender roles but there were scenes that I found weird/unrealistic with the new genders.

I loved that Stephanie changed the ending! I won't spoil it for those that have not yet read it however, I will state that I enjoyed seeing how Twilight would have ended if it had been a standalone.

Overall I would recommend Life and Death to anyone that loved the original Twilight as it provides a new, fresh take on our beloved novel.

Tell me in the comments or on my book Instagram (@ncreads) what you thought of Life and Death if you've read it! I'd love to discuss and hear your opinions.

My rating will be based on Life and Death by itself as if it has nothing to do with Twilight.
Rating:  3.5/5

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