"Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer has released a new version of her smash hit vampire romance novel that swaps the genders of main characters Edward and Bella.
Meyer made the announcement Tuesday in honor of the 10th anniversary of the book's release. "I wanted to do something fun for the 10th anniversary and the publisher wanted like a foreword and I thought, 'Well, maybe something more interesting,'" Meyer said on "Good Morning America."
In the new version, titled "Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined," Bella becomes a moody boy named Beau, Edward becomes a female vampire named Edythe, and werewolf Jacob becomes Julie. Meyer said she made the switch because she didn't like people referring to Bella as a damsel in distress.
"It's always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be ... in distress. We don't have the powers," she said. "I thought, 'What if we switched it around a bit and see how a boy does,' and, you know, it's about the same."
"I wonder if it will change how people look at Bella a little bit, to see her as him," she continued. "I do feel like it's really 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, you know, they're all 10 years older now and so there's a whole new generation."
Meyer also said the gender swapped story was only supposed to be a couple chapters originally, but it turned into over 400 pages after she found it easy to write. The cover of the novel, which originally featured a pair of hands holding a red apple, now features hands holding a green apple instead.
However, Meyer went on to say that she does not see this new version of the story becoming a feature film, like the other four novels in the series. "I don't really see that happening and a lot of the people I'd put in it would be like Grace Kelly so it's a little too late for some of my first choices."
The tenth anniversary edition of "Twilight" is available in bookstores and online retailers beginning today.
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'Twilight' author re-releases novel with gender swapped Edward and Bella
British actor Robert Pattinson arrives for the UK premiere of Twilight at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Fans await the arrival of stars of the film Twilight at the UK premier of the film, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
US actor Taylor Lautner poses prior to the German premier of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' film premier in Berlin on November 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC LAFARGUE (Photo credit should read FREDERIC LAFARGUE,FREDERIC LAFARGUE/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Kristen Stewart poses on the red carpet upon arrival for the premier of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' film premier in Leicester Square, central London, on November 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nikki Reed, a cast member in the film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," performs onstage during the Twilight Fan Camp Concert outside Nokia Theater L.A. Live, Saturday, Nov. 10. 2012, in Los Angeles. The world premiere of the film will be held at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Monday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Emilie Creswell of Salt Lake City, center, shows off a photo of the Twilight cast as she waits with other fans for the arrival of Twilight star Rachelle Lefevre who plays the character Victoria, at the Walmart store in Riverton, Utah during the midnight DVD movie release event March 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Colin Braley)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: L-R Alex Meraz, Booboo Stewart, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene and Xavier Samuel attend the Gala Premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse held at The Odeon Leicester Square on July 1, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - MARCH 19: Kalin Wilson reads a book while waiting for the New Moon cast members to arive the 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' DVD release at Blockbuster Brookhaven on March 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Annette Brown/Getty Images)
Actress Kristen Stewart attends the German premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II" in Berlin, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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