Twihards rejoice—Stephenie Meyer is set to release a new "Twilight" book on August 4.
The novel is titled Midnight Sun and retells the events of the Twilight series from the perspective of Edward Cullen, the sparkling and vegetarian vampire suitor of the original point-of-view character, Bella Swan. Since last week, Stephenie Meyer's official website puzzled fans with a mysterious countdown. When the timer hit zero on Monday, May 4, a surge of fans crashed the website and excitement bubbled over—and then this message was shared on Good Morning America:
JUST IN: 15 years after the first novel in the “Twilight” saga was released, author Stephenie Meyer is bringing readers back to Forks, Washington, with her new book, “Midnight Sun.” Find the details here: https://t.co/IHD4UfAkkI pic.twitter.com/ZY3ZqnBahG— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 4, 2020
“I am very excited to finally, finally announce the release of Midnight Sun on 4 August . . . It’s a crazy time right now and I wasn’t sure it was the right time to put this book out, but some of you have been waiting for just so so long it didn’t seem right to make you wait any more," Meyers said.
Truly, fans of the series—self-dubbed "Twihards"—have known for a very long time that Breaking Dawn was not Meyers' swan song. 2010 saw the release of an in-universe novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. And in 2015, Meyers released Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, a gender-swapped version of the first Twilight book featuring Edythe Cullen and Beau Swan. But up to the present day, the ancient literary tomb that held the real future of Twilight had lay plundered for 12 years.
The Necromancy of Midnight Sun
The year is 2008. There's no Avengers, just the noir of The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger's Joker. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt are in the middle of their apotheosis at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Breaking Bad has television in a strangle-hold. And for Twilight fans, it seems like the golden age. The fourth book is out, the first movie is scheduled. Then, disaster strikes.
The manuscript for Meyers' new book, Midnight Sun, leaks out all over the internet. It's unpolished and unfinished—Meyers calls it a "fragment." She also calls the leak "a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being" and cancels the series. She explains:
"If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James [a vampire tracking Bella] would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely."
Though the saying "time heals all wounds" might not mean anything to an immortal vampire, it seems to have mended Meyers. After 12 years of rumination and lots of fan off-shoots (the most popular of which gave us 50 Shades of Grey), fans are being rewarded with something a little better than fan-fiction.
Meyers' publisher describes it as "an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love" that draws from "the classic myth of Hades and Persephone.” Are you excited? The fans sure are. I'm mostly worried how badly this will skew support for Team Edward.
Edward Cullen literally died in a pandemic, and now he returns while we are in the middle of one. That's iconic. #MidnightSun— allison (@reyeverdeen) May 4, 2020
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