September 1, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg
Stephenie Meyer, author of the teen series that made creepy abusive relationships a-ok if the man in question is a sparkly vampire (I seem to have been much less hostile in my original review, for some reason), is yanking the ‘final’ book in the series because a draft was leaked on the internet. I say ‘final’ because it’s actually a retelling of Twilight from the sparkly vampire’s point-of-view.
Now, the basic situation here really sucks. If you send out a manuscript to someone you trust, it’s a betrayal to find it splashed all over the web [though Meyer implies there were multiple steps here, rather than the person she sent it to deliberately leaking it]. I don’t want to seem flippant about that. (And I’m not even going to touch the conspiracy theories that Meyer engineered this to get sympathy and/or more attention, which has about as much value right now as debating the parentage of Trig Palin.)
(Which, if you buy the story that he’s actually – er, sorry. NOT discussing. Moving on.)
But I’m kind of amused by the range of news headlines about this.
eFluxMedia: Meyer Keeps Fans In Suspense With “Midnight Sun” Due To Online Leak. I really think ‘suspense’ is the wrong word when the book is a retelling of another book. The character arc will be different, of course, but the basic plot is the same. Bella is not going to become a heroin addict and mow down the Cullens in a drug-induced frenzy. (Though I would definitely read that book.)
MTV.com: ‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Puts ‘Midnight Sun’ On Hold. Probably the most accurate. If she’s that passionate about the Edward story, she’ll go back to it – even though it sounds as though it began as sort of a cross between a writing exercise and fanfic.
Horror Yearkbook: Twilight Author Throws Hissy Fit Over Last Book. Well, that’s a bit harsh.
But whichever line is most accurate, it’s still pretty gutsy of Meyer to put the entire draft online. I don’t know about other authors, but I’m pretty nervous about working with the curtain up.