Twilight Author Flips Character Gender Roles in Inventive, Kickass Feminist Move

No damsels in distress up in this b.

I think my life is actually complete. Stephenie Meyer, author/queen of the Twilight franchise, said enough is enough to haters criticizing her work for portraying lead character Bella as another damsel in distress. So, in honor of the book’s 10-year-anniversary, Meyer said “Screw you all” and rewrote it with Bella and Edward’s genders flipped in Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. And her argument is female equality FIRE.

Meet Beau, the new Bella. Beau is a teenage boy who moves to Forks and becomes completely taken by a vampire. That’s when Edythe, the new Edward, comes in. On Good Morning America, Meyer explains that making Bella a man rids of the common trope, while conveying the “human in distress” instead.

“It’s always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be… in distress. We don’t have the powers. I thought, ’What if we switched it around a bit and see how a boy does,’ and, you know, it’s about the same.”

Meyer proves that falling in love is a human emotion, not dependent on gender. “It really is the same story,” she says, “It’s just a love story and it doesn’t matter who’s the boy and who’s the girl, it still works out.”

Kudos to YOU, Miss Meyer. Excuse me while I just bow down really quick.

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Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is available now.

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