“Leaving was probably the best choice I made. Being able to see the world in my own eyes, to think with my own mind, there’s something freeing about that.
I managed to find Nahuel and Huilen. He’s helped me to see who I really am, who I can become. The more I learn about this world, the more I learn about myself.
It’s strange though, being away from my family for as long as I have, away from my Jacob. With all this time I’m spending with Nahuel, could I be falling for him? He just gets me like no one else could.”
I know a lot of people criticize it, but i really appreciate the whole Edward asking Bella to marry him before she’s a vampire subplot in Twilight. I know it gets pointed at as SMeyer preaching her abstinence ideals and stuff, but it’s actually really important and smart on Edward’s part? It highlights that she really doesn’t understand what she’s asking when she begs to become a vampire. Here she is at eighteen saying she wants to spend forever with him, begging him to make her immortal and alter her life permanently forever - against his better judgement - but then balks at the idea of marriage because marriage represents forever. And though she insists she doesn’t care, she obviously cares enough to not want to do it. She thinks getting married young is dumb but is literally willing to throw away her entire life for him. It just shows how young and immature Bella is on these matters and how she just really does not fully understand what she’s asking. I think it;s an incredibly smart move for Edward to put her in that position to try to point that out to her. He’s trying to get her to understand the severity of what she’s asking by putting it in terms she’ll understand. idk i just really like that plot line
sometimes i just randomly remember that smeyer was going to release a spin-off twilight book that was literally just a POV flip of the first book, narrated by edward, but then someone leaked the manuscript online (which revealed that apparently whenever edward WASN’T around in the first book, he was hiding in the bushes, stalking bella) and smeyer freaked out and refused to work on it anymore because, and i quote,
“if i tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, james would probably win and all the cullens would die” and it never got released or spoken of again and we never did find out how the manuscript got leaked or who did it or why
not gonna lie, i am still 100% convinced robert pattinson had something to do with it
Here’s the thing: the problem with Twilight was not the fact that Bella was female and Edward was male. The problem with Twilight was it romantiscised controlling and abusive relationships. Switching the genders doesn’t fix this problem, and neither would making all of the characters female or male as I’ve seen some tumblr posts suggest. In every situation it’s still fucking gross and abusive. Abuse isn’t limited to the controlling male and controlled female dynamic. (Also the problematic werewolves wtf, but I’m not qualified to speak on that).
Do you think mental illnesses can translate into vampire abilities? I'm curious but I know Smeyer doesn't think that deep
I’m not sure if they would translate into extra supernatural abilities, in terms of like vampires with additional powers, but I can definitely see mental illness affecting many people into immortality.
I do think it would be interesting if certain disorders translated into powers, like the following:
Autism could translate into a sensory ability. Having an enhanced perception of sight, sound, etc. I could even imagine a tracking sense coming from this disorder if its heightening their overall senses.
Someone with anxiety, who would’ve wished in many situations
theoretically “disappear”, would gain the power of actual literal invisibility.
Mood disorders become empaths in some way or form. Someone that experiences depression could become able to project feelings of positivity and happiness, or with mania perhaps senses of sadness and depression. On the flip side they could be able to take away these emotions entirely, leaving the person completely numb inside.
Disorders that have symptoms of hallucinations could have an object materialism power. Like a power that could manifest energy and turn it into very real physically interactive items.
This could also equal a power similar to Zafrina’s power of visual projection, allowing the person to create hallucinations for multiple others to experience at their will.
A person that regularity suffers from dissociation could have the power to astral project or even teleport at will.
alright, so a side-by-side comparison of this cis swapped twilight and the original book. taking the scene where bella/beau first sees the cullen siblings in the cafeteria. this is… stunning, truly.
twilight: of the three boys, one was big – muscled like a serious weight lifter, with dark, curly hair.
life and death: one i could tell was super tall, even sitting down. maybe as tall as i was. her legs went on forever. she looked like she might be the captain of the volleyball team, and i was pretty sure you wouldn’t want to get in the way of one of her spikes. she had dark, curly hair, pulled back in a messy ponytail.
if you weren’t a fan of twilight’s long descriptions and wordy asides, then you’ll probably hate smeyer’s changes to this scene. also, ‘legs went on forever’ is the most boring cliche to describe a tall woman.
twilight: another was taller, leaner, but still muscular, and honey blond.
life and death: another had hair the color of honey hanging to her shoulders. she was not quite so tall as the brunette, but still probably taller than most of the other guys at my table. there was something intense about her, edgy. it was kind of weird, but for some reason she made me think of this actress i had seen in an action movie a few weeks ago who took down a dozen guys with a machete. i remembered thinking then that i didn’t buy it. there was no way the actress could have taken on that many bad guys and won. but i thought now that i might have bought it all if the character had been played by this girl.
i am transcribing a clip of the audiobook, so i don’t know if there is a paragraph break in there, but we have to hope there was.
twilight: the last was lanky, less bulky, with untidy, bronze-colored hair. he was more boyish than the others, who looked like they could be in college, or even teachers here rather than students.
life and death: the last girl was smaller, with hair somewhere between red and brown, but different than either, kind of metallic somehow. a bronze-y color. she looked younger than the other two, who could have been in college, easy.
i am pretty sure this one is edward/edythe. it’s interesting how femmett and lady!jasper got massive paragraphs of description added to their previously short intros (shorter than edward’s), but edythe’s is basically unchanged. i guess smeyer thought it was perfect before.
also, i like how she took the entirely efficient ‘untidy, bronze-colored hair’ and dragged it out with a tedious internal debate over her hair color… all while not specifying the style and tidiness. more words, less said.
twilight: the girls were opposites. the tall one was statuesque. she had a beautiful figure, the kind you saw on the cover of the sports illustrated swimsuit issue, the kind that made every girl around her take a hit on her self-esteem just by being in the same room. her hair was golden, gently waving to the middle of her back.
life and death: the two guys were opposites. the taller one, who was definitely taller than me - i’d guess six five or even more, was clearly the school’s star athlete and the prom king. and the guy who always had dibs on whatever equipment he wanted in the weight room. his straight gold hair was wound into a bun on the back of his head, but there was nothing feminine about it. somehow it made him look even more like a man. he was clearly too cool for this school or any other i could imagine.
twilight: the short girl was pixielike, thin in the extreme, with small features. her hair was a deep black, cropped short and pointing in every direction.
life and death: the shorter guy was wiry. his dark hair buzzed so short it was just a shadow across his scalp.
seriously, alice (or… alistair?) is the most prominent cullen in these novels after edward/edythe, but this description is just as long as it was before. i don’t entirely understand why jasper, emmett, and rosalie are all getting entire paragraphs dedicated to their appearance when they’ll barely have a paragraph’s worth of lines in the rest of the damn book.
When SMeyers does a new twilight book but it’s not about Leah Clearwater…..
The only female werewolf ever…….
The one who killed her own dad……..
The one who is hated by everyone…….
The one who lost love and suffered betrayal……..
The one who kept fighting throughout all of that……..
The one with a story………..
The Irish clan arrived first, and they were surprisingly easy to convince. Siobhan - a woman of immense presence and whose huge body was both beautiful and mesmerizing as it moved in smooth undulations - was the leader, but she and her hard-faced mate, Liam, were long used to trusting the judgment of their newest coven member. Little Maggie, with her bouncy red curls, was not physically imposing like the other two, but she had a gift for knowing when she was being lied to, and her verdicts were never contested. Maggie declared that Edward spoke the truth, and so Siobhan and Liam accepted our story absolutely before even touching Renesmeee.
Do y'all ever feel like smeyer has the finished draft of MS and she's just keeping it to herself and every now and again she'll go to her computer and open it up and read it and just laugh manically to herself like 'these thirsty ass motherfuckers couldn't handle this'
I think we need to stop giving SMeyer shit for rebooting her own story as a genderswap because it’s “fanfiction of her own work”. So what? Fanfiction is good. Fanfiction is fun. If it was fanfiction of Jane Austen, say, perhaps involving zombies and written by a man…?
We wouldn’t be talking about it like this.
But here’s a woman rebooting a romance written by her own hand and that’s laughable or terrible somehow?
Look, just… Give her shit for deplorable writing and incomprehensible character decisions and the weird uncomfortable gender stuff.
Don’t demean her for writing an au of a story she likes?? That she wrote in the first place? That belongs to her?
What the hell?
If you don’t want it, don’t read it. If you’re upset that other people will read it for some reason because it’s just fic of her other story, then… Maybe reassess your priorities, dude.
There are plenty of reasons to dislike her writing and this is a very stupid one. I don’t know what’s going on and I feel exhausted just thinking about it.
1. Do your research. You’ll still get some things wrong, but reading the wikipedia page on medical shock is never a bad idea!
2. Character development does not equal personality transfer. It should also at least run parallel with the plot and never happen off-screen or off-page.
3. Never write a cliffhanger if you don’t have the solution for it.
4. Mixing genres is all well and good, but keeping it under 10 is only sensible.
5. Just because a (comic) book, film or show is a few decades old, it doesn’t mean nobody will figure out you’re ripping it off.
6. Show, don’t tell. Imply, if you can pull it off.
7. BUT be selective about what you leave to the audience’s imagination. Concluding story lines and tying up loose plot threads is your job as a narrator, not that of the viewers/readers.
8. Always have a plot. I don’t write romance, but last I heard, even romance novels have a plot: the relationship. If Harlequin authors can’t do it, so can you!
9. Unless you’re writing erotic fiction, porn, maybe romance, a character’s sexuality isn’t terribly (or at all) relevant to the plot. Leave that to the audience to speculate about and spend time developing the story instead.
10. The classic story-telling elements are classic for a reason. Stick to them. Odds are you’re not the next Dostoevsky about to revolutionize writing.
11. Don’t go meta unless you’re absolutely sure about what you’re doing and why. Even then, think twice!
13. If you’re aiming above the lowest common denominator, don’t rely solely on the attractiveness of your main lead to bring viewers in.
14. Always give your characters a motivation. (Or preferably, several.) Yes, even the villains!
15. Don’t rely on external factors (anticipation of a new season/book, false teasers/spoilers) to generate tension. Write it in!
16. Speaking of which, if nobody ever dies, there will be no tension in the action scenes/danger situations.
17. Of course everybody is a critic. People don’t think with one brain and tastes vary. Either go the SMeyer route and isolate yourself from any hint of criticism or learn to live with it.