It has been 15 years since Twilight was first published. The bestselling trilogy by Stephenie Meyer sparked a sea change in young adult genre fiction. Now Meyer returns to the characters she created in Twilight with a new novel called Midnight Sun.
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Midnight Sun Is A Companion Piece To The Original Twilight Series
The new book is a companion to the original trilogy, not another sequel or prequel. Instead it will give a new perspective on the events of the series, from Edward’s point of view. The character of Edward is of course the famous sparkly vampire whom the young protagonist Bella falls for. Midnight Sun draws upon the classic myth of Persephone and Hades to inform the dramatic love story between Edward and Bella. The pomegranate on the cover of the book is certainly a nod to this story.
When his character is first introduced, Edward is already over a hundred years old. Perhaps Midnight Sun will delve into his backstory and show his perspective on all of the history that unfolded before he fatefully met Bella Swan.
A synopsis from the publisher tell us the following about Midnight Sun. “This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire… As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?”
A Leak Kept Meyer From Publishing The Novel Years Ago
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Apparently Meyer was working on Midnight Sun when writing the original Twilight series. However she abandoned the novel after it leaked online in 2008. Meyer was incredibly upset and angry about the leak. She called it a ‘violation’ of her rights as both author and human being. There is still a partial rough draft floating around on Meyer’s website, although we can expect the final novel to differ from this early piece.
Despite swearing to never write about the Twilight characters again, Meyer found that she had to write Edward’s story. “The more I wrote, the more I became convinced that Edward deserved to have his story told,” she wrote on her website. “At first I was planning to post it all on my website, but I changed my mind for two reasons, the most important being that Edward’s version is much longer than Bella’s – Edward over-thinks everything.”
Does This Mean There Will Be Another Twilight Movie?
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A new entry into the Twilight book canon certainly raises questions about what this means for the movie franchise. The film adaptations of the original series were wildly successful with dedicated fans. It would make sense then for this new book to be adapted into a feature film. It would be an easy hit for studios, especially after the production shutdowns that have cost filmmakers so much money. But would the actors be up for revisiting the roles of Edward and Bella?
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart made headlines with their own off-screen on-again, off-again romance. But in the years since Twilight, both actors have also indicated how much they hated playing the lead roles in those films. They have both struggled in the years since the release of the final film – Breaking Dawn – to establish themselves as respected indie actors. Now Robert Pattinson is moving onto bigger genre roles, like Batman. Would the actors return to the roles that kept them typecast and derided by the industry? And would the fans accept a recasting of these famous roles? It is hard to say, but we will certainly be keeping an eye out for adaptation news in the future.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.