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Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bella/Edward are now Beau/Edyth. Great for gender-role talk.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+


Terrible message to young girls about relationships. Idolizes abusive relationships

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This reimagined Twilight with swapped genders (Bella is Beau, Edward is Edyth) and most of the same content will primarily interest Twi-hards and anyone in a gender studies class. Sometimes the changes work, sometimes they don't. On the working side: It's less weird that Edyth glistens in the sunlight. And more normal -- to the point of being mundane -- is Beau and his father Charlie's taciturn relationship. It's what made Bella more intriguing, this joy in solitude over gabbing with her friends, and what makes Beau kind of boring. In general, Beau's a bit dull and half-formed.

Things that don't quite work: There's no way a teen boy's smell will bring anyone, no matter the species, into raptures. And some of the surprises near the end are too expository for a big finish. And no matter what, a story narrated by a girl, especially one that feels the way many teen girls feel at some point in their development, will resonate more with teen girl readers. So even if they take a shine to Beau and admire Edyth for being so strong and lethal, it will be hard to identify with, and obsess over, LIFE AND DEATH in the same way.

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