Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition is basically half of the book is the original Twilight and the other half is a Twilight parody where all the characters have switched genders. The new version with new genders follows along with the story with a little bit of change here and there to account for the swap until the ending which is different.
All I want to say when done reading this really is please save your money, this is just so not worth it. It makes me sad that so many people will probably still run out and buy a copy, luckily I just picked it up at the library and didn’t waste a dime. I really really try to never write anything overly negative even when I’ve really disliked a book but this is just stupid, I’m sorry but yes I said it, stupid. The gender switching just so does not work on so many levels and the entire thing had me wondering why I was even bothering but morbid curiosity won out so I had to keep reading.
Truly you start off with things like when Beau experiences the first snowfall and the teenage girls start tossing snowballs at each other and having a snowball fight… Really?? What teenage girl is going to be ok with being hit in the head with a snowball and not start a cat fight over it? Or how about Beau fainting from the blood in biology? A teen girl struggles to help him along until Edythe comes and puts Beau’s arm over her shoulder and half drags him to the nurse…. this so does not work the same visual as Edward picking Bella up.
Scene after scene of things that just don’t work with the gender swap all throughout the book. And then some are so hard to gender swap and make sense that they get bigger rewrites which loses all the power that the original version held for those of us that actually loved this series just the way it was.. For example Bella/Beau getting attacked and Edward/Edythe saving the day, didn’t work, hated it.
In the end I just kept thinking why did Meyer’s do this?? I know the answer had to be money, but in that case why not finish up the version from Edwards point of view instead?? That version I was actually enjoying reading but she just dropped it and never put a finished copy of it out. This seems like someone purposely set out just to make fun of the story that so many people loved and defended. Sad that it was the actual author that made me see all the flaws that others had pointed out for years in a much brighter light by writing this version.
Overall, I can’t recommend this at all…. run far away from it. And if you feel the need to read it anyway like I did then just pick up a library copy.