My first instinct was to write a five-word blog post on the subject of Stephenie Meyer's new, out-of-nowhere Twilight "re-imagining," Life or Death. It would have read: "I don't have an opinion." But then I remembered I'm me, so of course I do, and I decided to write this.
The choice of apples for both covers is apt, in that we're legitimately comparing apples to apples here. One apple has been criticized for featuring a weak plot and a weak female lead, and is also red. The other portends to be the remedy -- the same story with roles reversed, so the female is the ravenous bloodsucker in love with the Mary Sue (Marty Stu?) main character, who is now male. That apple is green, I guess, with envy? I don't know. I lost my analogy.
The most positive posts I've seen from the publishing world take the position of "Who cares, it doesn't hurt me," which isn't exactly glowing praise. Or the backhanded compliment, "At least people are reading," which implies that reading garbage is better than reading nothing (debatable).
And to be honest, I'm not saying I necessarily think the Twilight books are garbage. I read the first one. It wasn't for me. But I'm not the arbiter of all things literary, and there's a whole generation out there that got super jazzed up about those stories, so cheers to that, I suppose.
The negative posts are aimed more at the notion that this is setting a bad precedent, that publishers will catch the scent of fresh blood, easy prey, and simply have their most prolific authors crank out renditions of the same story over and over, rather than investing in new authors. (My editor, Elisha Neubauer, lays out that argument well in her blog here.)
I guess I fall somewhere in the middle, which makes me the most boring person you've read on the subject yet. I imagine that the people who read only Twilight and/or Fifty Shades of Grey are likely not my target audience, and so their time being occupied with other works of fiction is probably not going to take away from me. At the same time, if the rehash trend does escalate, what does that mean for every other author?
Maybe I should start drafting a follow up to Heaven's Forgotten, from the perspective of Michael, the fallen angel. No! How about the perspective of the bad guys? No no! There's a scene in a diner with a young waitress, I forget her name right now, but there's gotta be a story in there...