Hachette Book Group today announced it will release Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun via its Little, Brown and Company on August 4, 2020. The book has been anticipated for over a decade by fans of Meyer’s The Twilight Saga.
When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the companion novel Midnight Sun.
This unforgettable tale, as told through Edward’s eyes takes, on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire.
As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?
In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and, drawing on the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.
Stephenie Meyer talked about the long-awaited book on her website, where you can also download a rough draft.
“Midnight Sun is an exercise in character development that got wildly out of hand (as do many of my projects),” she tells her fans. “While I was procrastinating some real editing work (I’m always at my most creative when procrastinating), I started to wonder how the first chapter of Twilight would read if it were written from Edward’s perspective.
“There is so much more to his side of the story than there is to Bella’s in that first chapter. After all, Bella only knows that an incredibly gorgeous boy is looking at her funny. Meanwhile, Edward is suffering through one of the most momentous days of his very long life!”
She adds: “First there’s the shock and frustration of not being able to hear Bella’s thoughts, then the wild, monstrous reaction to her scent, followed by the incredible expenditure of self-control that it takes to not kill her… His side of Bella’s first day at Forks High School is a hundred times more exciting than her own.
“Though I didn’t have time to work on it right away, the idea of letting Edward have his chance to speak stuck with me. I couldn’t shake it. I found myself thinking his words in the middle of the night and jotting down phrases he would use while I was waiting in line at the post office. As soon as I finished my real work, I sat down and let Edward get his say.”
Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment turned Meyer’s The Twilight Saga (buy movies at Amazon) into five blockbuster films, starring Kristen Stewart as Bella and Robert Pattinson as Edward. The films grossed over $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office. The first film, Twilight, was released in November of 2008. It was followed by New Moon in November 2009, while the third installment, Eclipse, opened in June 2010. The fourth book, Breaking Dawn, was split into two movies that debuted in November 2011 and November 2012.
With Lionsgate developing The Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes into a movie, could they do the same for Midnight Sun? We’re pretty certain that fans will want Edward’s story to play out on the big screen as well.