To the surprise and delight of Twilighters everywhere, Stephenie Meyer announced on Tuesday (March 30) that she will be releasing a new "Twilight"-related book this June. On June 5, "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella" is expected to hit bookstores.
The 192-page book follows the story of Bree, a newborn vampire who appears briefly in "Eclipse" as a member of the army Victoria raises to fight the Cullens and the werewolves. Bree will be played by 14-year-old Jodelle Ferland in the upcoming "Eclipse" movie, out June 30.
"I'm as surprised as anyone about this novella," Meyer said in a statement. "When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of 'Eclipse,' which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my Web site. Then, when work started on 'The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide,' I thought the 'Guide' would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the 'Guide.' "
According to Little Brown Books for Young Readers, the book will be available at 12:01 a.m. on June 5, and $1 from the sale of each book sold in the United States will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund helping victims of disasters in both Chile and Haiti.
But for those fans who can wait a couple of days longer (if there is such a thing), Meyer will be providing exclusive access to the novella on BreeTanner.com from June 7 to July 5.
"I'd always considered 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' as something for the fans," said Meyer. "They have been so supportive of all things 'Twilight.' "
"Bree Tanner" marks the first new story in the vampire saga since Meyer aborted her efforts to write "Midnight Sun," the story of "Twilight" told from Edward Cullen's point of view. Frustrated by the leak of an unfinished draft of the novel, Meyer eventually posted it on her own site.
"Eclipse" director David Slade has already previewed "Bree Tanner" and said that fans are in for a treat. "Stephenie was gracious enough to let me read a draft of the novella while we were prepping the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' " he said in the press release. "I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and it gave us great insight and inspired location choices and the tailoring of scenes. I think fans are going to love the fascinating details involved in the loves, fears and actions of an emerging vampire."
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