Nice to be here after so long. Hope everyone is doing well.
My initial reaction to the news of "Life and Death" was mixed like many other fans. On the one hand I was so happy SM was giving us something new from the Twilight universe
(I thought it would be a long time before she ever did) but, on the other hand, I was so disappointed she didn't give us the next story or maybe even the next series that would follow Breaking Dawn.
And yes, I was also disappointed she didn't give us Midnight Sun either.
Although, I had made peace with the idea we might never get Midnight Sun or at the most it would be a decade or two from the leak date before it would ever see the light of day. But then, to my pleasant surprise,
I read she had started working on Midnight Sun again, . . . . . . but it was short lived because of course something had to upset her again and there went another perfect opportunity for her to finish it and possibly publish it, AGAIN.
I think she should just keep her distance from the media while she's working on it. Otherwise it's just never going to get done.
As far as the gender swapping goes, it sounds interesting and since I've never had a problem reading Twilight fan fiction before and considering it's from the author of Twilight herself, I bought the book. Though, I don't think the story will accomplish SM's goal of having Bella's character be viewed as a "human in distress" and not a "damsel in distress". I think a better way of accomplishing that goal might have been to keep the Bella and Edward romance but have one or all the Cullen female come to Bella's aid every single time. Try as SM might, a damsel in distress will, 9 times out of 10, be a young girl in some sort of distressful circumstance being rescued by a guy who is romantically interested in her. It's just the way it is. The gender swapping of characters won't solve anything but at least it got SM back in the Twilight universe and for me that was one small step for "Life and Death" and one giant leap for future Twilight stories, particularly Midnight Sun. I mean we were SO CLOSE . . . . . so close.