But, wait… Edward is now Edythe and Bella is now Beaufort, or Beau for short. Awful names aside, this could actually be a good thing. If you’ve read Midnight Sun (Twilight from Edward’s perspective), you might agree with me that Meyer handles the male voice significantly better than the female. It also makes you wonder why women authors create such vapid heroines, especially in YA/paranormal romance. Edward has more depth. Certainly a much more interesting point of view than Bella’s “I love him because he’s hard, cold marble and he’s sparklingly pretty.”
I’m curious enough to pick up Life and Death to see whether Beau maintains that shallowness, and how a female vampire breaking and entering to watch a human teenage boy sleep plays on the page. There is much potential here to start a real conversation about gender stereotypes, especially if Meyer takes the characters in completely different directions. It will be interesting to see the politics of the wolves as well, assuming all 3 leads are gender swapped. It’s too much to hope that Jacob is still Jacob. Now, that would be amazing.