It started as a simple character exercise, with a single chapter from Edward's perspective, but she came to realize she had to do the whole book. Meyer has stated that Twilight is the only possible book from the series that she plans to rewrite from Edward's perspective.
To give them a better feel of Edward's character, Meyer allowed Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the film adaptation of Twilight, and Robert Pattinson, the actor who plays Edward, to read some completed chapters of the novel while they were filming the movie. Midnight Sun allows you to know more about the Cullens as vampires and a family.
In May 2020, despite previously abandoning the manuscript, Meyer announced the release date of Midnight Sun via an internet announcement. It was officially released on August 4, 2020.
Plot summary[edit | edit source]
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 intruiging 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 consequencess of immortal love.
Pre-release history[edit | edit source]
As of August 28, 2008, the release date of the book has been postponed indefinitely and it is not certain that it will be published. Meyer halted the writing of Midnight Sun after the illegal leak of 12 chapters of the unfinished manuscript on the Internet.
She stated, "If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James 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." Meyer does plan to publish the book, because she believes Edward deserves to have his version of the story.
Meyer later slightly recanted the statement that appeared on her website, telling EW "That was a joke! And it sounded so serious amidst all the lawyer talk and I think my fans thought, wow, she's threatening to kill everyone! [Laughing.] I felt kind of bad about that. I never felt any anger, actually. Just a lot of sadness. I mean it was a sucker punch — like someone came up behind you and just hammered you in the kidneys and you had no idea it was coming." She has made the leaked chapters available on her website in fairness to her readers, now that the novel has been compromised before its intended publication date.
In a recent interview done with EW, Meyer has stated that, "So my goal is to go for, like, I don't know, two years without ever hearing the words Midnight Sun. And once I'm pretty sure that everyone's forgotten about it, I think I'll be able to get to the place where I'm alone with it again. Then I'll be able to sneak in and work on it again." This statement jokingly lead to the creation of a nickname for Midnight Sun, created at the Twilight Lexicon: Dark High Noon, in an attempt to still be able to talk about Midnight Sun, but not mention its name directly.
Cover[edit | edit source]
The cover prior to the release was that of a red sun fading in the horizon.
The released cover is that of a cut pomegranate with seeds spilling outwards. Like the apple of Twilight, pomegranate seeds carry signifiance to how Bella is pulled into the supernatural world. The pomegranate represents Hades entrapping Persephone in the underworld after consuming one seed.
References[edit | edit source]
- Flood, Alison (May 4, 2020). Stephenie Meyer announces new Twilight book Midnight Sun. The Guardian. Retrieved on May 5, 2020.
- StephenieMeyer.com | Twilight series | Other Projects
- Entertainment Weekly interview with Stephenie Meyer: Part 2
- Larry Carroll (2008-04-15). 'Twilight' Set Visit Confirms Edward And Bella's Chemistry, Offers A 'Midnight Sun' Preview. MTV. Retrieved on 2008-08-17.
- Stephenie Meyer Talks About Twilight
|Published novels||Twilight • New Moon • Eclipse • Breaking Dawn|
|Companion novels||The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner • Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined • Midnight Sun|
|Graphic novels||Twilight: The Graphic Novel • New Moon: The Graphic Novel|
|Illustrated guides||The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide|
|Movie companions||Twilight: Director's Notebook • Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion • New Moon: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion|
|Unpublished items||Forever Dawn|