The Twilight literary saga is getting a big new chapter.
Fifteen years following the release of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance Twilight, which spawned three follow-up books and a hit multi-film franchise, comes official word that fans will be getting a new angle on the story. Midnight Sun‘s impending release has been announced by Meyer, the news being teased on her website and social media before the author made it official on Good Morning America.
“I am very excited to finally, finally announce the release of Midnight Sun on August 4,” Meyer said. “It’s a crazy time right now, and I wasn’t sure if it was the right time to put this book out, but some have you have been waiting for just so, so long, it didn’t seem fair to make you wait anymore.”
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Midnight Sun will re-tell the story in the first book from Edward Cullen’s perspective, rather than Bella Swan’s.
“While I was procrastinating some real editing work (I’m always at my most creative when procrastinating), I started to wonder how the first chapter of Twilight would read if it were written from Edward’s perspective,” Meyer said on her website. “There is so much more to his side of the story than there is to Bella’s in that first chapter.”
The book’s official synopsis published on Amazon reads:
When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.
This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years 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 justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?
In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.
Midnight Sun was originally intended to be released in 2008, although a manuscript leak put a stop to that. The leak led to Meyer sharing a draft of twelve chapters on her website. “I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely,” Meyer had written at the time.
The five-film Twilight franchise grossed over $US3.3 billion worldwide and shot Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson into the spotlight. So, don’t be at all surprised when news breaks that the new book is also to get a screen adaptation, although it will be interesting to see if the film also tackles the first movie’s narrative – only with more of Ed’s angle. You can imagine that both Ed and Bella will have to be recast, too.