While on Good Morning America early Tuesday, October 6, Twilight author Stephanie Meyer announced that she revisited her franchise, rewriting the thing with genders swapped: Bella Swan becomes Beau and Edward Cullen becomes Edythe. It got us thinking...what if other series were given the same treatment?
If we could flip the script for any massive franchise, it would almost definitely be Harry Potter. The benefits are limitless. The "chosen" one would be female...think of the greater cultural significance of those few words! Ron Weasley would be a beloved BFF a la Miranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuire and Hermione Granger would be Gordo. What if female Harry Potter is literally Lizzie with magic? Sign us up!
There's a lot going on here. First, 50 Shades of Grey has been marketed as erotica for women, exposing a world of BDSM and making it feel a little less taboo (spoiler: it's not). Who would know how the reaction would be with the roles reversed, the man a submissive and the woman dominant? All we know is that we'd like to find out!
This would piss so many people off and it would be so completely awesome...so awesome that we're now wondering why someone hasn't tried to bankroll Jennifer Bond yet? Imagine, a sexy, cool, sophisticated British secret agent saving the world and getting the guy. It would be like Tomb Raider, but with suits.
For men of a certain age, The Hardy Boys were something of a coming-of-age necessity, an awakening. Young women were given Nancy Drew, or more recently, The Babysitter's Club. Both were adventurous, but there's just something about The Hardy Boys, a team of dudes solving crimes. Get some badass babes in the mix and we're sold.
Sure, it's a film saga, but there are so many feminist possibilities here, we're imagining how they'd extend to the zillions of books, too. Luke Skywalker becomes Lucy Skywalker, Han Solo becomes Heidi Solo, the iconic gold slave bikini from Return of the Jedi becomes...actually, it would stay the same, but the imprisoned figure would be a man, and it would be up to a woman to save him.