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Midnight Sun Status
In the summer of 2008, Twilight fans were eagerly anticipating the release of Midnight Sun, Twilight told from Edward's point of view. Stephenie said repeatedly that it her primary focus. All that changed in August 2008. Someone posted the first twelve chapters of Midnight Sun on the Internet without Stephenie's permission. Stephenie was devastated and Midnight Sun was tabled. Here is what she said:
"My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. 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." (Source)
Four years have passed...what does Stephenie say about Midnight Sun now?
The most recent statement I could find was part of the Fansite Junket from June 2010. In that interview, Stephenie echoed what I've basically heard her say in numerous interivews...
It's not what she's working on right now. "What's true is that I'm really burned out on vampires and I don't want to write it badly so I want to wait until I'm excited about material again...Right now it feels like homework. So it's still not a 'no, it's not going to happen', it's just I want to do it when I can do it right." (Source: Twilight Series Theories podcast)
Is that good news or not? I'm not sure. I still hold out hope that we will see Midnight Sun someday, but maybe it will be five years from now. Who knows?
In the meantime, you can go to Stephenie's website to read the Partial Draft of Midnight Sun.
What are you most looking forward to in Midnight Sun?
The brief portion of Midnight Sun that we can read on the website is probably my favorite of all the Twilight books. Edward's personality and weird reactions in Twilight make total sense when you can see his thought processes behind them. Best of all, I love the little moments between the Cullens. The private insights we get into their personalities and home lives.
The scene I'm most looking forward to in the rest of Midnight Sun is probably the ballet studio scene. I really want to see how the Cullens got to the studio in broad daylight, the cars they stole, and just what happened to James. I'd like to read Edward's reaction to Bella's blood. Most of all, I want to see more of the Cullens.