‘Midnight Sun’ is out today. Here’s why Stephenie Meyer said writing the new ‘Twilight’ book made her ‘anxious’
The new novel, which was released Aug. 4, tells the events of ‘Twilight’ from the perspective of vampire Edward Cullen
After 12 years, “Midnight Sun” is finally seeing the light of day.
Stephenie Meyer’s companion book to her bestselling “Twilight” series was released on Aug. 4, and it’s already a bestseller — as of Tuesday morning, it was in second place on Amazon’s bestseller list.
But in a recent interview with the New York Times, Meyer called the build-up around the book’s release “flattering but also nerve-wracking.”
“I’m pretty sure people aren’t going to get exactly what they think they’re getting,” Meyer told the Times. “Because of all the time that’s passed, they’ve built up in their minds what they thought it was going to be, and so no one can live up to those kinds of expectations.”
Meyer first began writing “Midnight Sun” — which tells the events of “Twilight” from the perspective of Bella Swan’s vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen — in 2008.
But she put the book on hold when a draft of the manuscript leaked online, which she said at the time was “a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being,” according to The Guardian.
Given the amount of time that had passed, Meyer wasn’t sure “Twilight” fans would still be interested in reading “Midnight Sun.”
“I did doubt whether anyone would still want this story,” Meyer said in a recent interview with Seventeen magazine. “It’s been so long it would only serve me right if nobody cared. So to know that people still wanted to read it was kind of amazing.”
However, finishing the novel was not an easy task for Meyer, who told the Times that “every single word was a struggle.”
“Edward is a very anxious character. Writing him made me more anxious, and that’s one of the reasons it was hard to be in that story,” Meyer said in the Times interview. “His anxiety combined with mine was potent.”
Meyer also says she has no plans to continue the series after “Midnight Sun.”
“This is it for Edward,” Meyer told the Times. “I think this gives you enough of a sense of what it’s like to be Edward that you could go and look at the other books and you would know what’s going on in his head.”