Life and Death is a standalone novel (sort of) by Stephenie Meyer.
Alright this one is difficult for me. This novel is the “reimagining” of Twilight. Basically the author was defending the love story between Bella and Edward in Twilight. I want to visit this idea first, before I talk about Life and Death.
Twilight, as I remember it, is the story about Bella (human) and Edward (vampire) falling in love, despite all odds. They are both in high school, even though Edward is technically over 100… and ultimately it’s a sweet story.
Bella is a seemingly klutzy, average girl with no discernible features, and Edward is god-like in all ways, but mostly beauty, because this is talked about most often.
Life and Death, is the love story of Beau (human) and Edythe (vampire) and all the same is as above. I believe the idea behind this, is that in Twilight, you have the damsel in distress, who only finds herself when she finds her soulmate/vampire.
Opposites Attract in Life and Death
For Life and Death, the author explains that it doesn’t matter what gender they are, the love story between human/vampire is the same.
I enjoyed reading this (a little) because of my love of Twilight. I liked reading about these characters with the same but different names, doing the same but different things… like Dr. Carine Cullen (Life and Death) instead of Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Twilight).
The problem for me was that I was still picturing the actors who portrayed them in the movie. Esme Cullen was portrayed by Elizabeth Reaser, for example, but I pictured her as Dr. Carine Cullen. That was just how my mind interpreted it.
Even more confusing, Ashley Greene played Alice Cullen, but I pictured her as Jessamine Cullen in the book – so instead of the pixie little vampire who can see the future (sort of), she was the empathetic vampire who could change the emotions of others.
That was about it for me – that was all I liked. I actually found the lead characters annoying. I often found myself thinking “if this is what Twilight was like, why did I love it so much?”
Beau continued to describe Edythe and the rest of the Cullens as perfect, or angelic, or whatever, with Edythe’s beauty surpassing them all. Edythe became obsessed with Beau because she couldn’t read his mind, even though she could read everyone else’s. Alright, I get the obsession, but that’s not really love.
Often times, they seemed annoyed with each other, but they still professed love. Very high school.
The first half of the book was really boring and it dragged, but then once the main conflict was addressed, the book picked up. Basically, the book was terrible until the baseball scene.
Then it picks up, but is almost rushed. A whole lot of information dumped on all the vampires and the history of everyone, and then the book ends. It doesn’t leave anything open for sequels, so that’s good, but it was rushed.
If you have not read Twilight, I’d say, don’t bother reading Life and Death. It’s only a complimentary piece for fans. If you do decide to read this, skip to the baseball scene. Everything before it, is irrelevant.
If you’ve read Life and Death, or any other novel by Stephenie Meyer, let me know what you think over in the Facebook group.