"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
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)
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)
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)
THE TWILIGHT SAGA : BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 - 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC film with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
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Poster for the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2
Cast member Kristen Stewart poses at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" in Los Angeles, California, November 12, 2012. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 16. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE SOCIETY)
Actress Kristen Stewart arrives at Nickelodeon's 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California March 31, 2012. "Twilight" star Stewart, 21, was named favorite movie actress at the award. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members Robert Pattinson (L), Kristen Stewart (C) and Taylor Lautner pose at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" during the Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles June 24, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 24. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
"Twilight Saga: Eclipse" Premiere and Photocalls - 28 Jun 2010
Actors Taylor Lautner (L) and Kristen Stewart pose during a photocall to promote their movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in Stockholm June 21, 2010. REUTERS/Bob Strong (SWEDEN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. actress Kristen Stewart poses during a photo call to promote the movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in downtown Rome June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Taylor Lautner, who stars in the upcoming movie 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse', poses for a portrait in Los Angeles June 12, 2010. Picture taken June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)
Cast member Kristen Stewart poses at the premiere of the movie "Twilight" at the Mann Village and Bruin theatres in Westwood, California November 17, 2008. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer and opens in the U.S. on November 21. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)