‘Twilight Saga’ author Stephenie Meyer opened up about her 10th anniversary novel,’Life and Death’ and why she switched the genders of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. In the live television interview, she also weighed in on the pop cultural impact of the characters, and on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ which began as fan fiction.
To say Stephenie Meyer surprised her fans with the new book and its gender switching doesn’t begin to cover it. Now, in a live interview on GMA, she talked about why she decided to shake up the triangle and shock the Twilight Saga universe.
Yes, that landmark 10th anniversary was looming, even as it’s hard to image it’s been that long, but perhaps also harder to imagine the world without ‘The Twilight Saga’ and its four bestselling novels that sold more than million copies worldwide and the enormous box office juggernaut that the movie franchise became.
She said of the new novel, ‘Life and Death’ that the “further you get in the more it changes because the personals get a little different.” She went on to say, “But starts out similar and really it is the same story because it’s just a love story and doesn’t matter who is the boy and girl.”
Yes, of course, but those two characters have been living in the minds and imaginations of fans for so long. And their movie counterparts in the intervening years — Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner — were launched into fame more dizzying that, frankly humans should ever have to endure.”
And yes, it all began with these three characters that fans have been so fervent about,the human, the vampire and the werewolf in a love triangle. Yes, we somehow got used to this fantasy pairing and now it’s been shaken up quite a bit!
Asked about her motive for making the gender change, Stephenie Meyer said, “As I was trying to think of something to do, a question had come up at a lot of signings about Bella being a damsel in distress and bothered me because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be a mere human. We don’t have the powers, right? I thought what if we switched around and see how a boy does? It’s about the same.”
She went on to say, “I wonder if it will change how people look at Bella to sear her as a him but I really do feel like it’s very much the same thing so I guess my hope is that maybe the younger readers will be reintroduced because a lot of my readers are ten years older and a whole new generation.”
The interviewer pointed out that some see Bella and The Twilight Saga as the precursor for ‘The Hunger Games’ and its powerful heroine Katniss.
But Meyer disagreed with the analysis and said, “I don’t think so. I am positive Hatniss would still exist. There are some really great stories and wonderful if ‘Twilight’ opened the door for anyone a little bit but these stories would have found their readers absolutely.”
She was also asked about EL James’ erotic trilogy “Fifty shades of grey” which got its start as Twilight Saga fan fiction and, well, the rest of course is both publishing and cinematic history or better or worse.
Asked if she thought she would “inspire other authors,” Meyer said, “No, not at all. When I first started writing I didn’t know what fan fiction was so that was a new thing to find out it was out there. I wish it was around when I was reading. I think I would have liked to join in some of the stories that I read as a child.”
Asked if Beau be a start of a new series, Meyer said, “No, I don’t think so.”
Asked if she had thought of who might play the roles, she said, “A little bit. I don’t see that happening and a lot would be like Grace Kelly so it’s a little too late for some of my first choices.”
Well, it has been a stunner for fans, and it’s getting much chatter in social media. No doubt it may spawn a whole new crop of fan fiction and, who knows where that may all lead! You can see the full interview with ‘Twilight Saga’ author Stephenie Meyer in the video below!
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