The latest news to sweep the book world (at least I think, I’m probably a little behind) is that Stephenie Meyer announced that she is finally releasing Midnight Sun, which tells the story of the original Twilight book from Edward’s point of view and was leaked partially online in 2008. I have currently seen two different reactions to this book being announced: excitement (which is valid) and people saying that it’s the same book once again.
I’m not sure where I stand on this book so I decided to have a ramble about it. Is this post a mess? Probably!
Pro: new book! Yay!
New books are never a bad thing. We all love new books!
Con: it’s the same story again
I’m personally not a fan of remakes in any form other than video games because I’d much rather see something new instead of the same thing again. Plus, with Midnight Sun, we now have three versions of the original Twilight book. We have Twilight from Bella’s point of view, Life and Death which is gender-swapped and has a different ending, and now Midnight Sun which is Edward’s point of view.
Although I haven’t been a Stephenie Meyer fan for a very long time now, I will admit that when I saw that announcement countdown on Penguin’s Instagram story, a small part of me hoped that it was the sequel to The Host (which I didn’t even finish but still think it sucks that fans of that are still waiting for the rest of the series), while a larger part of me hoped for something completely brand new. Authors can do whatever they want, but if I was a prolific author making a huge comeback, I’d release something completely brand new, rather than revisiting an old series by retelling an older story.
Pro: but we get to see it from a different perspective!
I will admit that the most interesting part of Midnight Sun is that it’s told from Edward’s point of view (although I find Edward to be as interesting as drywall). Imagine if we got to see The Hunger Games from Peeta’s point of view, that would be incredible! I have a complicated relationship with books that have multiple POVs because unfortunately there are authors out there who don’t make the distinction between characters other than putting their names at the beginning of the chapters and maybe making one swear more than the other (especially if the sweary character is male).
Con: it feels like a quick way to make money, IMO.
Nostalgia is always a huge thing but recently people have been extremely nostalgic for the 2000s. And what’s the best way to make money off of nostalgia? Remakes! Remember in the 2000s when there were a bunch of remakes of movies from the 1980s? I feel like that’s happening with 2000s media now.
This is the cynical part of me talking, and I really do hope that Meyer deciding to finally finish the manuscript and publish Midnight Sun isn’t for money and is because she wanted people to finally read this book.
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How do you feel about Midnight Sun? Will you read it when it comes out or have you left the Twilight series in the past?