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Thanks to vampire_kiki for bringing this to my attention . . .It seems that Stephanie Meyer, she of Twilight infamy, decided to do something VERY SPECIAL for her book's 10th anniversary. And what she did was . . . rewrite Twilight with the genders of the characters inverted. I swear I am not making this up. I am laughing SO hard - what's she going to do next, rewrite Twilight with dogs? Why not just admit she's a one-trick pony and wisely invest her undeserved millions so she can live off this forever? Even big chunks of her Twihards are WTF-ing at this! (Is E.L. James now going to do a gender-inverted 50 Shades of Crap featuring dominatrix Christina Grey and mousy college student Anthony Steele?)

Honestly - when stuff like this happens, it's yet another reminder that the paper and pixels used to distribute this thing would be better used to spread the work of some of the talented fanfiction writers out there. And on a serious note, I'm wondering if the gender-swapped remake is going to do anything to correct the deeply wrong gender politics of the original.

(Best reaction quote to this yet: "Just when you think her writing is rock-bottom, she releases an underground parking garage.")

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hamhamheaven
Oct. 7th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
James did the "same shit, slightly different viewpoint", so Meyer need a DIFFERENT new way to release the same book under a new title. Enter the gender swap.

If, as she claimed, Bella was not a damsel in distress, and Edward was not a creepy stalker ephebophile, then what's the point of the rewrite? If gender doesn't play into the plot of what happened to the characters, then swapping their gender in a rewrite should literally do NOTHING. On the other hand, if swapping the gender of the characters suddenly DOES alter how the plot rolls, then maybe we can finally stop with the pretense and finally call a misogynist a misogynist.
leifang666
Oct. 7th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
Well said! You phrased it so much more elegantly than I did.
hamhamheaven
Oct. 7th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! I like your point as well. A girl behaving like Edward would definitely be considered a bitch.
vampire_kiki
Oct. 8th, 2015 05:30 am (UTC)
. On the other hand, if swapping the gender of the characters suddenly DOES alter how the plot rolls, then maybe we can finally stop with the pretense and finally call a misogynist a misogynist.

I agree, although Meyer would never admitted she is a misogynist, but all her genderstereotype BS is really difficult to swallow.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
Apparently, she didn't even convert her leading character all that much - reports from people who've been reading this thing indicate that Beau very often acts more like a teenage girl than a guy. And apparently, they are BOTH completely obsessed with each other. Dual overhead stalkers, yay!
leifang666
Oct. 7th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
How she can invert the characters? Bella is such an inherently sexist and oppressed image of a teenage girl that no guy could ever take her place and be taken seriously.

And we already know the names a female Edward would be called, Bitch being the first.

This at the core is what is so inherently wrong with the books.

But this is Stephanie Meyer, the characters won't stay the same at all.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Apparently Meyer got sick of being called on her female misogyny - so she decided to set the record straight by . . . just proving that her critics were right all along. Also, she apparently has infuriated a lot of Twihards who were waiting for her to complete Midnight Sun - a retelling of Twilight from Edward's POV - but she did this instead. (It seems that someone leaked part of the book online and she flounced).
leifang666
Oct. 8th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
Can I just say a good story teller should never need to write a book in another characters perspective because their story should have already been told.

There are exceptions of course but they're primarily books that cover back story or events that happen completely separate from the protagonist.

With Edward, and it doesn't sound like a prequel, he basically tells the same story as Bella. From the eyes of a controlling psychopath.
write_my_dreams
Oct. 8th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
If only this was a joke. I find it amusing that E.L. James does her book from Christian's perspective (that's got to be horrific--makes Hannibal Lector look like a teddy bear) and now Meyer is doing her own genderswap.

Meyer's ridiculous claims that Bella isn't a damsel in distress and that she doesn't obsess over love are such a joke. Bella was utterly useless until she became a vampire and the whole point of her character was just to slobber over Edward. Terrible.

So we'll have Beau the shy, beaten down guy and Edythe the raging domineering bitch. What a match made in hell. Sigh.

Some of the drivel that is published fiction makes me remember why I primarily read fanfiction. Better plots, better writing, well written gay romance which I always struggle to find in published books...

Thanks for the laugh!
vampire_kiki
Oct. 8th, 2015 05:25 am (UTC)
So we'll have Beau the shy, beaten down guy and Edythe the raging domineering bitch. What a match made in hell.

No way! Meyer would NEVER allowed a guy to be shy and useless whilst the girl is powerful/domineering! According to a GR friend of mine who is actually reading this shit, Meyer makes this Beau guy a handyman, a mechanic who helps his mother and is a lot more useful than Bella, the genderstereotype really is killing me!
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:35 pm (UTC)
And let me guess - Edythe meets him when her car breaks down, because she doesn't know a damn thing about anything mechanical because she's female, despite having lived for over a hundred years? Typical Stephanie Meyer.
write_my_dreams
Oct. 9th, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
Oh I'm sure. Watch Edythe will be crying too because her car broke down and she has no idea how to handle this and she needs the big strong mechanic to help her.
vampire_kiki
Oct. 9th, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
she doesn't know a damn thing about anything mechanical because she's female, despite having lived for over a hundred years? Typical Stephanie Meyer.

Your guessing is as good as mine, what you said doesn't happen yet, but my friend had already mentioned how pale and skinny Edythe looks.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Bella was such a stereotypical damsel in distress that she could have been pulled straight from the pages of a '50s romance novel. And we won't even go into Edward's stalkerishness. Supposedly, Bella is supposed to represent the female desire to be protected by the perfect male? First of all, I think most contemporary women would rather fantasize about protecting themselves, and second of all? Edward is the kind of guy most women would want to be protected from.
write_my_dreams
Oct. 9th, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
Perfect description of her. Ugh, Edward is so beyond creepy. I first read Twilight when I was about 14 and I liked the story but I never got the appeal to Edward. Oh god are you serious??? More like a woman's desire to be treated like a pretty little possession but have no free will of your own. Indeed, the average woman today doesn't want a man to protect her and Edward/Christian Gray/those types are the creepy ones that you want to avoid at all costs.

I was in the bookstore earlier and saw this out. Hopefully the sales tank.
golden_kimono
Oct. 8th, 2015 08:36 am (UTC)
I honestly thought this was a joke, because wtf?? (Also, has it been ten years already? Damn...) Gender-swapped stories can be interesting, but not in this way. Oh well, as everyone pointed out: at least we'll be able to see if she reveals the sexism we all knew was in the book.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Even a lot of her own fans thought it was a joke. The thing is, I don't think she inverted the genders to bring out new possibilities in the storyline - she did it because her publishers needed "bonus material" for the 10th anniversary edition of Twilight (and she never finished Midnight Sun, her proposed Twilight-from-Edward's-POV, because someone leaked the first few chapters and she had a diva fit).
vampire_kiki
Oct. 8th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Is E.L. James now going to do a gender-inverted 50 Shades of Crap featuring dominatrix Christina Grey and mousy college student Anthony Steele?

That's an interesting thought, but E.L. James desperately needs NOT to be the author of this genderbent fic for the whole thing to work out well. LOL
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
True - I think she is the LAST person anyone would want doing a genderbent version of 50 Shades! Of course, if someone wrote that, we would then have a fanfic of a fanfic of a fanfic . . .
vampire_kiki
Oct. 9th, 2015 03:03 am (UTC)
if someone wrote that, we would then have a fanfic of a fanfic of a fanfic . . .

Copycats everywhere. *sighs*
setenay629
Oct. 9th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)

asdfghjkl would a sane person do that? I dont think so xD i think she really needs money... but i have a crazy question on my mind: why? lol xD go and write the story with someone else's pov but what is that!

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