Published October 6th 2015
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
I’m going to start this off with my Twilight story so you can get an idea of my past with this series and then I will talk about Life and Death.
Back in 2009, when I first read this series, I loved it so much. I mean, I really loved it. I read the whole series back to back to back. I read this series 8 times in 4 years. It really kicked started my love of reading and YA. This was the first YA book that I read. I watched the movies over and over. I even watched the first movie 4 times in 24 hours. I’ve been the real Forks and La Push. I was a real Twi-Hard.
It wasn’t until 2012 that I started to question everything about Twilight. And once I started to question a few things, it all fell apart. And within a matter in months, I had grown to hate Twilight. Which on one hand is really sad because this series once meant so much to me. But on the other hand, it meant that I was finally seeing this series for what it really was.
I hate how whiny Bella is and how she let Edward and Jacob control her.
I hate how controlling and possessive Edward is. How he tried to force Bella to have an abortion in Breaking Dawn.
I hate how Jacob forced himself on Bella in Eclipse. I mean, he forced a kiss on her. Who does that?!
I hate so much about this series, I really do. Okay, I hate everything about this series except one thing. How much it changed my life. I know that sounds stupid but it did. And I’ll always be greatful to Twilight for everything it did for me. For giving me a love for YA and for turning me into a critical reader.
Okay, so now that you know my history with Twlight, let’s talk about Life and Death.
I decided to read this not just because 14 year old me would have wanted to and I owe her one last Twilight hurrah but because I’ve been feeling like I need some sort of closure with this series. And after reading Life and Death, I’m officially done with the Twilight Saga. I’m done with it for good (as if I had any doubts before).
First, I have a problem with the title. It doesn’t really fit with the other four books, in my opinion. Maybe that was the plan because of the gender bent thing. I don’t know but it’s annoying to me. I also have a problem with the price. It was $12 for an ebook. I know Meyer had no say in the price so I don’t blame her. I blame the greedy publishers for milking Twilight fans for every penny they can get. Twilight fans have always been taken advantage of and this book proves that it’s still true.
Pretty much everything about Life and Death is the same as Twilight. Most of the lines are the same and %99 of the scenes are the same. This is basically the exact same story. I still hated the characters. I still think the writing isn’t that good. I still loathe the relationship. It’s still the same. It was a waste of money. It was a waste of time. But now I know and I won’t have to wonder if I was missing out on something. So unless you’re dying of curiosity or you’re still a die hard Twilight fan, don’t do it. I got absolutely nothing good out of this book. If anything, my hate for this series has grown.