Stephenie Meyer Announces Release Of New Twilight Book And Fanpires Can’t Wait

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Hey, hey twihard fans! After 12 LONG years Stephenie Meyer is FINALLY releasing a new Twilight book, and we can’t wait to sink our teeth into it.

The book, entitled Midnight Sun, is set to drop on August 4, so you have plenty of time to re-read the originals while you’re sitting around staring at walls and pondering your very existence in quarantine.

Meyer made the announcement on Good Morning America on Monday via video saying:

It’s a crazy time right now and I wasn’t sure if this was the right time to put this book out, but some of you have been waiting for just so, so long.”

12 YEARS STEPHENIE. 12 LOOONG YEARS. And really if you count that 2020 has been like, the equivalent of 100 agonizingly painful months of homeschooling and neverending family togetherness, it’s been a really long freaking time.

The book is neither prequel nor sequel, but rather a companion novel to the original series.

Meyer has been working on it since 2008, when she first teased it on her website. However, she took an extended hiatus from it when the partial manuscript was leaked online.

Midnight Sun retells the twilight saga from Edward’s point of view. Who, in case you missed the first four books, is the sparkly, brooding, immortal vampire who vacillates between wanting to kill 17-year-old human Bella Swan and loving her to the point of creepy, stalkerish obsession.

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The publisher behind the book, Little, Brown And Company describes it as an “unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes,” with a “decidedly dark twist.”

Their summary goes on to say:

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?

I mean, really, how CAN he justify following his cold, dead, non-beating heart? I guess we’ll find out soonish enough.
 
The original books, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, are set in Forks, Washington. They centre around three main characters; Edward, Bella and Jacob (shape-shifting werewolf) who, while he doesn’t seem to deserve his own book, I feel deserves a moment (if only to gaze upon his 6-pack abs):
 

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The books were originally told primarily from Bella’s perspective as she falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire, while also having a complicated relationship with wolfman.

Not surprisingly, loving a vampire comes with some not-so-unexpected risks. Because, hello, blood-sucking undead creature of the night. 

Bella is hunted by a psycho vampire named James, is rescued by Edward who consequently breaks her heart into a million tiny pieces when he dumps her and leaves her to fend for herself against Victoria, a revenge-seeking vampire, later reunites with Edward, marries him, and has his human/vampire hybrid baby who is weirdly imprinted on by Jacob. Oh, AND she becomes a vampire and they all live happily ever after. The End.

The books were wildly popular, selling a whopping 120 million copies.

They were adapted into 5 films by Summit Entertainment and starred Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner.

Fanpires are obviously here for the news of a new Twilight book, and clearly cannot wait for Midnight Sun’s release.

They have taken to Twitter to express their undying excitement and they don’t care who knows it:

Although others seem to be somewhat less excited and more concerned about Pattinson’s reaction to the news. Believing that he won’t exactly be thrilled by the prospect of Edward Cullen’s return:

Regardless of how Rob may or may not feel, Midnight Sun is happening. And August 4th can’t come soon enough.

Just in case you can’t possibly wait that long, here are a few quotes from the book as found on GoodReads:

“I struggled to find the words to name the feelings that flooded through me, but I had no words strong enough to hold them. For a long moment, I drowned in them.

When I surfaced, I was not the same man I had been. My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?”

Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun Partial Draft

“Believe me, I wanted to say. I’ve tried.
Oh, and also, I’m wretchedly in love with you.
Keep it light.”

Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun Partial Draft

“Do I dazzle you?” I voiced my curiosity impulsively, and then the words were out, and it was too late to recall them.
But before I had time to too deeply regret speaking the words aloud, she answered “Frequently.”

And her cheeks took on a faint pink glow.
I dazzled her.
My silent heart swelled with a hope more intense than I could ever remember having felt before.”

Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun Partial Draft

And in case you’re wondering if you need to re-read the originals? Probably not. However, you do need to ask yourself one important question: Team Edward or Team Jacob? 

Which one are you on?

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