After the release of “Breaking Dawn” earlier this month, fans were left with just one more piece of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire saga to look forward to: “Midnight Sun,” the “Twilight” story told from the perspective of Edward. But the hope of seeing more of those iconic red-white-and-black covers in stores may have been dashed this week, due to an online leak of the unfinished novel. On StephenieMeyer.com, the author announced that the incident has been so upsetting, she is putting the book on hold indefinitely.
“I have a good idea of how the leak happened, as there were very few copies of ‘Midnight Sun’ that left my possession, and each was unique,” Meyer says in the post, adding that she believes the individual she gave this copy to had “no malicious intent with the initial distribution.”
After an explanation of how the leak violates her copyright, Meyer breaks the sad news. “My first feeling was that there was no way to continue ['Midnight Sun'],” she says. “Writing isn’t like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything. 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.”
But there is a tiny silver lining for fans. Rather than reward whoever leaked the draft, Meyer decided to post it on her own site. “This way, my readers don’t have to feel they have to make a sacrifice to stay honest,” she reasons. “I hope this fragment gives you further insight into Edward’s head and adds a new dimension to the ‘Twilight’ story. That’s what inspired me to write it in the first place.”
And though she says “the writing is messy and flawed and full of mistakes,” the PDF file contains 264 pages of Forks through Edward’s eyes.
The novel was originally meant to be just a writing exercise for Meyer. And the author seemed a bit fed up with some Twilighters’ obsessive, critical nature after the release of “Breaking Dawn.”
“For all intents and purposes, ‘Breaking Dawn’ is the last book,” she told MTV News. “It might easily happen that I quit here. There’d be a lot of good reasons for doing that, so I don’t know if we need to get into all the future possibilities and speculations, ’cause I’ll just go crazy, and I’m so close already!”
Interestingly, Meyer’s reaction is very similar to J.K. Rowling’s testimony during her case against the creators of “The Harry Potter Lexicon” in April (sorry, we know you guys hate these comparisons). “This trial has decimated my creative work over the last month,” she said. “You lose the [plot] threads and worry whether you’ll be able to pick them up again. Should my fans be flooded with a surfeit of substandard books — so-called lexicons — I’m not sure I’d have the will or heart to continue.”
Is there a chance that Meyer will change her mind after a break from the Cullen universe? We’ll wait and see. For now, Meyer says she’s going to concentrate on spending time with her family and other writing projects, including the treatment for a Jack’s Mannequin music video .
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