Stephanie Meyer's new Twilight book Midnight Sun is here

Laura Hampson
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Twihards worldwide are celebrating the release of Stephanie Meyer’s latest addition to her Twilight franchise today, Midnight Sun.

The book, a parallel to Twilight written from vampire Edward Cullen’s perspective, was originally written in 2008 but after it leaked, it was shelved indefinitely.

Meyer’s announcement of Midnight Sun in May crashed her website, where the author released a video stating: “It feels strange to be making this announcement when the world is suffering through a pandemic, and no one really knows what’s next. I thought seriously about delaying this announcement until things were back to normal; however, that felt wrong, considering how long those who are eager for this book have already waited.

"I know how much I personally need distractions right now, how much I need something to look forward to, and most of all, how much I need more books to read. So, I hope this book gives my readers a little pleasure to anticipate and, after it arrives, a chance to live in an imaginary world for a while. I can’t express how much I appreciate the patience of my readers, and their support over the years it took to finish Midnight Sun.”

With the release of Midnight Sun, fans have taken to social media to express their delight. Twitter user @pluviophilebi said: “After waiting 12 years, I finally can read everything from Edward’s side and feel his love stronger. It’s been so long and I feel like a teenager again. #MidnightSun”

Fellow user @writingreardon said: “Me and the gals on our way to buy a book we’ve already read 100 times because it’s written in a new character’s perspective and we’re desperate for serotonin #MidnightSun”

Twihard @lostintay said: “Reading midnight sun is making me so nostalgic. oh to be back in 2008 anxiously waiting for the fourth twilight book installment and the premiere of the first twilight movie. to go to midnight premieres and proudly call yourself a twihard while dressed as your favorite character.”

Another, @averiewomack wasn’t so sure on Edward’s take and said: “I’m reading midnight sun and so far all it’s done is solidify how perfect robert pattinson was in twilight (2008). he was the only one who saw edward for the oblivious melodramatic emo kid with no social skills that he was. and we wouldn’t listen.”

While many Twitter users are ecstatic about the release, other users are also pointing out how problematic Edward’s character is in the series. When the book was announced in May, author Holly Bourne tweeted: “Wow. It's going to be even MORE romantic to see it from the abuser's point of view.”

Bourne continued: “Just a reminder that Edward Cullen: Constantly threatens violence, stalks her, isolates her from her friends and family, questions her version of reality, threatens suicide, is incredibly jealous, makes all decisions in the relationship and goes beserk if she disobeys.”

Fellow author, Lex Croucher added: “He brings oil to grease her bedroom window hinge so it doesn't squeak when he climbs through it without her knowledge to sit in her rocking chair and watch her sleep all night. What a dreamboat.”

Whether you love or loathe Twilight, don’t hold your breath for another movie anytime soon. Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke told Entertainment Tonight that a reunion would be ‘a lot of fun’ but that Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart, who played the series’ leads are now ‘both busy Hollywood stars’.

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