The world of fiction has seen many recreated and re-imagined versions of the mythical vampire-race and the idea of them living among humans, undetected. But the one that truly captured millions of hearts was author Stephenie Meyer’s YA series, Twilight, with teen Bella Swan and the centuries-old-but-forever-frozen-as-a-teen vampire, Edward Cullen’s love at its heart. And guess what, you are gonna get another taste of their forbidden, supernatural love story as Meyer has confirmed the release of Midnight Sun, the fifth book in the beloved franchise!
All set to be published on 4th August by Hachette Book Group and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Midnight Sun, by Stephenie Meyer, is the long-awaited retelling of the first book in the series, Twilight, that has been hanging since 2008- that’s more than a decade! As you know, all the novels had Bella Swan as the ultimate narrator, so the story is from her perspective, but not this one as Midnight Sun is from vampire Edward Cullen’s perspective
“I’m very excited to finally, finally announce the release of Midnight Sun on August 4,” Stephenie Meyer told Good Morning America. “It’s a crazy time right now and I wasn’t sure if it was the right time to put this book out.
And seeing that the world needs all the sunshine on the horizon there is, Meyer decided to finally complete and release the book to “give people something to be excited about, something to think about that’s not bad, then that’s a win.”
As for the retelling the story from Edwards Cullen’s perspective, Meyer has hinted that it is going to be “definitely darker, and I would say more desperate” than how Bella told the story as “the stakes are way higher from (Edward’s) perspective.”
While she did find it difficult to retell the same story, without the liberty to make many changes to the narrative, it did end up teaching her a thing or two.
“Metaphorically they were like prison bars,” Meyer shared with USA Today. Then there was also the concern that people already have a certain perception of how Edward’s thoughts may sound like. To match their idea of him, to see “if it will be the Edward that they imagined. I think it might be an Edward that’s a lot different than that.” But despite it, she accepted that all the extra pondering over writing Midnight Sun made her a better writer.
In 2008, when the novel was announced, it was leaked online and fans got a glimpse of it and it was put on hold until further notice.
Oh well, better late than never!