Okay, I promise this will be the last post on Stephenie Meyer‘s books. Not for ever, but for a while at least. Because right now, there aren’t any books left for me to read [except The Host] and the movie’s another three-four months, so I’ll shut up about it after this.
Midnight Sun is Twilight writtten from Edward’s perspective, instead of Bella’s. It’s not out yet and it’s questionable if it ever will come out, because a partial draft was leaked on the internet and Stephenie Meyer is whining about that:
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.
Sorry if this came across badly: I understand that Meyer is hugely disappointed that the draft she sent to a few trusted individuals somehow got online – that shouldn’t have happened. But putting the book on hold, indefinitely, is a bit more sensitive a reaction than I think necessary.
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Anyway, she did the only right thing after that and made the partial draft (first twelve chapters) legally available on her site [link’s directly to the pdf]. And I probably wouldn’t have read it right away, had I not found the following (via the Bookshelves of Doom).
There’s this woman, who recapped the books (yes, all of them) in her livejournal. Much like I do at bookbitching, but so much funnier.
[Here’s Twilight (that’s not really a recap, yet), Midnight Sun Part One and Part Two, New Moon, Eclipse and finally Breaking Dawn Part One, Part Two and Part Three. You probably need to have read the books before to appreciate every joke, but even if you haven’t, it’s wet-your-pants-funny.]
From there on, I got sucked into the world of Twilight Fans, who don’t take all of that that seriously, aka lolfans, a group, where I can happily see myself.
And apparantly, Robert Pattinson sees himself there as well. There’s this interview [link to download the video, 2 parts, second one more interesting], where he basically says that Edward’s a moron. And there was this interview in the Empire Magazine:
“When you read the book,” says Pattinson, looking appropriately pallid and interesting even without makeup, “it’s like, ‘Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.’ I mean, every line is like that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.”
I think I just fell in love with him a bit for that. Poor guy. Not only will he be crushed by teenage girls come December, now also the lolfans will want to crush him…
Anyway, there’s much, much more and a good place to start would be here. If you want to go into that. [Don’t miss Growing Up Cullen!]
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Well, I won’t talk about the language of the book, because obviously, Meyer wasn’t done yet, and I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt that she would have removed some of the “dazzled”s and the “chagrin”s.
But Jesus Christ, Edward’s even more Emo from the inside than from the outside and he’s creepy. Like in Twilight it’s mentioned that he watches Bella, when she doesn’t know it, which is already a bit weird, but can be ignored. But in Midnight Sun, it goes into every detail of how he climbs into her room (he even oils the window, for crying out loud) and watches her sleep, which is really more stalkerish than healthy.
But apart from that, it’s interesting to get the other point of view, especially when mixed with the aforementioned recaps. It’s a nice complement to Twilight and I bet, if it ever comes out as a book, it will have the fans in an uproar and it will make shitloads of money.
However, I am vampired out now. For a while. I’m glad that school starts tonight, because then I will finally get a more substantial input. And the next book I’m reading (after the one I’m reading now), will have to be an intellectual challenge. I need to revive those dying brain cells.