'Twilight' fans: It’s time to go back to Forks

Holly Viers • May 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Few book announcements have shocked me quite like the one Stephenie Meyer made on Monday morning.

Meyer, author of the wildly successful “Twilight” saga, announced the long-anticipated release of “Midnight Sun,” a companion novel to her original series. The book has been on hold since an unfinished manuscript leaked in 2008, leaving most fans wondering if it would ever be released.

In a video announcement aired on “Good Morning America” on Monday, Meyer said she hopes her new book can be a “distraction from the real world.”

“It’s a crazy time right now, and I wasn’t sure if it was the right time to put this book out, but some of you have been waiting for just so, so long,” Meyer said in the video. “It didn’t seem fair to make you wait anymore.”

What’s “Twilight”?

For those who never read the original books or need a refresher, the “Twilight” saga is a fantasy romance series released between 2005 and 2008. Told mostly from the point of view of high school student Bella Swan, the series begins with her move to Forks, Washington, and focuses on her complicated romance with vampire Edward Cullen.

The new novel, to be released Aug. 4, is a retelling of “Twilight,” the first book in the original series, from Edward’s point of view.

A complicated past

The road to publication for “Midnight Sun” has been a complicated one. After the manuscript was leaked online, Meyer made a portion of the novel available for reading on her website, while putting the full book on hold indefinitely.

In 2015, Meyer told a comic-con panel that while she had started to feel more comfortable writing again, she decided to keep the book on hold after author E.L. James announced she would release “Grey,” a retelling of her “Fifty Shades of Grey” novel from the male’s point of view. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” series originated from “Twilight” fanfiction.

A few days ago, fans started to suspect “Midnight Sun” could be coming after a countdown leading to Monday morning appeared on Meyer’s website. So many fans were flocking to Meyer’s website at the end of the countdown, the site crashed for several hours.

Building excitement

While Aug. 4 is still almost three months away, the excitement for “Midnight Sun” is already building among fans around the world. Though “Twilight” is a series many people seem to “love to hate,” it’s been beloved by many for more than a decade, and I suspect this new book will be no different.

What about you? Are you planning to check out this new book, or will you pass? Email me your thoughts at [email protected]

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