Stephenie Meyer – Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Audiobook
Beaufort Swan has decided to return to live with his father, even though he lives in a small humid town in the depths of the United States. So it is in Forks that he is catapulted, in a town so small that everyone seems to know the secrets of all the other inhabitants. But a family still seems to hide many mysteries and fascinates Beau from the first glance. Indeed, the Cullens seem far too perfect for a city like Forks and especially Edythe, which he falls in love with at first sight. But Edythe and the Cullens are not people like the others and Beau is determined to get all his questions about Edythe answered, even if it means putting his life in danger. Is their love possible? Won’t they both suffer from it? Is a future possible when more than a hundred years separate you?
This special tenth anniversary edition attracted a lot of attention when it was released, both in good and bad terms. It is true that when you touch a series that was a real phenomenon, even if it is the author of the series who does it, you have to expect everything. Personally, I come out of this half-fig, half-grape novel. Certain aspects pleased me a lot, for their novelty or for the pleasure of finding this universe, but other things bothered me a lot, by their lack of credibility in particular. If I really liked my reading, if I had a good time, I must admit that I greatly prefer the original version, with its flaws but also with its freshness and credibility. Fortunately, some points do not change, such as the very special universe and its pleasant atmosphere, or the fluid and addictive pen of the author who offers us an ever so gripping plot. But too many points fall short, like the characters, their personalities, and their actions, which always seem wobbly. In short, an interesting novel that allows you to have a good time reading but, unfortunately, really not essential.
From the first pages, everything is almost identical to the first version of Twilight, only, as the sexes of almost all the protagonists are reversed, some scenes are “masculinized” and a little more fleshed out. Nevertheless, we feel, from the start, the same positive points as in Bella’s story as well as the same flaws, which are even amplified by several things. Let me explain, concerning the setting up, the universe, the characters and the plot in general, everything is in all points identical to Twilight. Nonetheless, here we are dealing with a one-shot, meant to show that the story would have worked out just as much if the narrator had been a boy. However, for a one-shot it takes way too long to put it all together. Add to that the fact that the reader rereads practically the same story, and in the end, the first half of the story is very soporific. Clearly, it is not in its layout or its originality that this novel allowed me to have a good time reading, but other aspects are luckily much better.
The author’s pen is one of these positive points. Indeed,writingStephenie Meyer’s has lost none of its fluidity, freshness and spontaneity. The words are well chosen, the pages and the chapters go by at a crazy speed and make us almost forget the small defects of the story. The pen is always pleasant to read and perfectly suited to the mixture of young adult / fantasy that characterizes this novel. The various additions and other changes made generally bring more interesting to the story and allow the author’s pen to be fleshed out with more descriptions and to feel a little more anchored in the life of the characters. I still really like this lively, natural and engaging pen, without overdoing it, which allows you to quickly dive into the story and appreciate it, despite its flaws. In the writing, the substance and the form of the novel as well as in the emotions that it wishes to convey, To life, to death remains faithful to the spirit of Twilight and is therefore devoured quite quickly despite its flaws, which may discourage some. Stephenie Meyer – Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Audiobook .
Regarding the universe, once again, nothing changes: humans, vampires, a complicated love story in an addictive universe and voila. Personally, I really enjoyed immersing myself in this universe that I had already liked a lot at the time of Twilight, with this atypical couple, these intriguing and potentially dangerous characters, this human a little naive but to whom we feel close , …. Well here, the universe remains more or less the same since only the sexes of the characters change. The general atmosphere remains as mysterious as ever, the atmosphere still charged with love and danger, but the change in the sexes of the characters is not trivial and “upsets” this balance a little. The universe remains engaging and enjoyable but also becomes more wobbly, less believable and this is felt in almost all aspects of the story, from the universe to the plot through the characters. This makes the story lose its depth and its appeal and it’s a shame because it all becomes a bit cliché and anecdotal.
Ditto in terms of the plot, we take (almost) the same and start over. As in Twilight, the first three quarters of the novel are devoted to the discovery of the universe and the characters as well as the development of their romance. We get to know them and little by little, the plot takes shape, a difficult love story that we take more or less pleasure to follow. Because of the changes made in this narrative, I have only moderately enjoyed following the development of the romance between Beau and Edythe, again because of the credibility issues it creates and the fact that each of the scenes, or so, which were emotionally charged between Bella and Edward, here become wobbly and sometimes even laughable. Everything is identical to Twilight, but then again, while the plot remains gripping and interesting, it’s barely cute and doesn’t quite come close to the original. the only real change residing in the sexes of the characters, the conclusion is quickly made: this change does not work. the story remains pleasant to read, I am not saying the opposite, but not everything can stand up under these conditions.
Let’s get to the heart of the problem in my opinion: the characters. Because no the problem does not, in my opinion, come fromway of writing Stephenie Meyer’s but simply from the fact that the reversal of the sexes of the protagonists was a bad idea (or should have been exploited otherwise, which would amount to writing a new story). Logically, being based on characters that I liked a lot in Twilight, I should have liked these new characters just as much … I didn’t. While they are all different and interesting, like the characters in Twilight, I failed to get attached to them for different reasons.
First of all, there are the secondary characters, such as Jessamine, Eleanor or Archie, corresponding respectively to Jasper, Emmett and Alice. In themselves, they are pleasant and interesting characters to discover but two problems arise in this story after the gender changes made by the author. First, I had a hard time putting each character in context, who was who in Twilight? I didn’t really manage to distance myself from the original text and I needed to know which original character these new names corresponded to, to know what “reactions” I expected from each of them each time. times. Maybe this is my own problem, but if I have encountered it, it can happen to someone else and it slows down and interferes with reading a bit. Then, and this is a recurring problem, they are not credible in their new roles. Some scenes are almost laughable because they are so improbable and it’s a shame because that’s really not the goal.
Then there is of course Beau and Edythe who left me completely unmoved for the same reasons. Their roles being blurred due to the gender shift, some situations became really illogical. I didn’t get attached to either of them and it’s a shame because feeling close to the characters is essential in a novel. Their relationship also struck me as wobbly and shallow, and the fact that this novel is a one-shot must also have something to do with it.
Regarding the last quarter of the story and the hunt for Joss is, as in Twilight, one of the parts that I like a lot, more mysterious, darker and better paced, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered and it is very pleasant to read. The actions follow one another and the twists and turns do the same and it is with pleasure that I immersed myself in this part of the story. Still, I’m repeating myself, but some scenes are still wobbly and lacking in credibility, which makes the whole thing a bit bland. Fortunately, things are picking up speed and finally moving in this one-shot and that can only benefit him. Too bad that the overall rhythm of this novel is so unbalanced by the fact that Twilight is at the base a series in several volumes, here transformed into a one-shot. Nevertheless, this last part remains pleasant and interesting to read, especially thanks to the last chapters, very eventful and engaging.
Indeed, if almost the whole novel is only a simple “copy and paste” of the first volume of the Twilight series, the end is not. And it could not be more satisfying. A little novelty, that does not hurt this novel. This ending, although repeating the basics of the original ending of Twilight, allows one to explore one of the possibilities thatcould have chosenStephenie Meyer when writing Twilight. Rich in twists and much more focused on the emotions of the different characters, this ending is really very interesting and satisfying. If I prefer the original ending of Twilight which opens up more possibilities for the sequel, I also really liked this ending, which, although open enough to allow us to imagine the sequel, clearly closes the doors to a future volume. . Despite the fact that I found the reactions of the characters quite disappointing and too bland, I was nevertheless satisfied with this ending, which allows this novel to close on a rather positive note.
The +: a universe always so nice, a fluid and very addictive pen that sticks very well to this young adult reading, a pleasant plot, a new ending
The -: a somewhat long set-up, characters and situations not very credible , a couple I didn’t care about, a “copy and paste” of the first volume of the Twilight series
To properly celebrate Twilight’s birthday and to prove that the story would have worked just as well if Bella had been a boy,Stephenie Meyer offers us To life, to death, a “rewrite” of the first volume of the saga in which the reversal of the sexes of almost all the characters is the most striking point. the most striking but also the one that causes the most false notes in the story. Because if the story is practically the same, the overall feeling is very different. Indeed, this inversion of the sexes of the characters makes certain scenes, although masculinized, very wobbly and very little credible, which is really a recurring problem of this story. Beau and Edythe are not believable in their roles and unfortunately I did not manage to attach myself to them, nor to the other characters. If I had great difficulty in taking a distance from the original text, I really enjoyed finding this pleasant universe carried by the gripping and very natural pen of Stephenie Meyer. moreover, the plot is always interesting to follow and I really liked the alternative ending proposed here by the author which allows this one-shot to end on a more positive note. In conclusion, a pleasant novel to read despite its many flaws.