Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun, by Stephenie Meyer

Even though it hasn’t yet been published, at 264 pages I’m counting Midnight Sun as a book read for the year.

So, you probably know the premise. Stephenie Meyer, authoress of the Twilight saga, wrote the first chapter of Twilight from Edward’s perspective as an exercise in character development. From this exercise sprang the idea for Midnight SunTwilight told from Edward’s perspective. Meyer initially made that original exercise available on her website and later started drafting the whole book. Unfortunately (or fortunately), one of the drafts was leaked on the internet, apparently ruining the project for her. She then reluctantly released a draft of it online for the fans. It was this that I read.

Now, you might think – Twilight from Edward’s perspective? Sounds boring. It does sound boring, but it isn’t. Not at all. I loved it. It’s cheesy and poorly written – unedited even. But still, this this is the Bella and Edward that enticed me to read 2000 pages. This is how I want to remember them, the Twilight / Midnight Sun Bella and Edward. NOT the Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Bella and Edward. (New Moon falls into a nether-category for me, so I’ll just ignore it here.) Also, seeing things from Edward’s perspective is (a) a refreshing break from Bella’s head and (b) very enlightening. There is no denying that Meyer can tell a story. Sadly, it isn’t finished! It just cuts off. I want more!

In all, I would recommend this to fans of Twilight -not that most of those fans need a recommendation. And I do sincerely hope that it eventually gets published, if only so I can have it sit, matching, next to the rest of the series. (I love that Stephenie Meyer admitted to this motivation for potentially seeking publication – at least before the leak.)

Midnight Sun, by Stephenie Meyer [rating:4]

Further Reading
Review: Twilight
Review: New Moon
Review: Breaking Dawn
Read about the time I met Stephenie Meyer
Read the complete DRAFT OF MIDNIGHT SUN
Visit Stephenie Meyer’s website

Categories: Fiction, Reviews

228 comments

  • Dylan

    Hi Guys, Omg i am the kind of person that has little confidence and self belief, that was until i started reading the Twilight Saga, I am half way through the final book (Breaking Dawn) and would so love to have Midnight Sun next to me, and reading it after Breaking Dawn.

    For all of you guys that don’t know you can access the 1st chapter of Midnight Sun here:

    http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_chapter1.pdf

    And here http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/midnightsun.html you can hunt around for the full draft!

    Enjoy the read And I hope as we near the end of 2009 Step can produce and publish this amazing novel, to inspire me more than anything ever has.

  • Carrie

    I just finished reading the first 264 pages, and I love it. I truely hope she finishes it. I loved the saga (so much so I read it in a week), and it’s nice to not only have another book to read but to see it (at least the beginning) from Edward’s eyes. I thought it would be repetitive, but it’s not. She is a great writer so I hope she continues this book. I would definitely buy it and start from the begininng!

  • zreya

    please continue the writing.i havent read the the twelve chapters .i really love twilight series and knowing this from edwards prespective sounds really cool.please just for your fans

  • pearl butler

    I started, but didnot finished all of the 264 pages of midnight sun. It said the file was damaged. I am a loyal 55 year old Twightlight Saga fan. I loved what was written so far and wish that it would be finished. All 4 sagas were terrific. Since Edward is an important part of these stories, he really should have his on versions expressed just like Bella and Jacob.

  • mc kayla

    i really hope Mrs. Meyer
    comes out with Midnight sun
    come on! Don’t be mean!
    some of us love to read
    and the twilight saga i s the reason i’m into books
    -just imagined two years ago if someone told me ”i gonna love reading one day”
    My reation woiuld be laughting in there face but now
    i understand,yet i love to read!
    All thanks to Twilight Saga- and Stephenie Meyer
    so if she ever read this –
    thank you

  • jenna

    ok, so i had never finished a book in my life, until i read TWILIGHT and the other 3, i cant get enough of them, ive read them all 3 times, when i herd there was a 5th on the net i couldn’t help myself, but 264 pages?? come on, please dont tease us PLEASE finish it, my collection wont be complete knowing there is half a 5th one there!!!!!!

  • carmen

    like omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i loved the first chapter of midnight moon its so cool how edward describes everything and tells you everything he feels if you find anything on line that lets you read just little bit of midnight sun you should read ,I LOVE YOU EDWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • angel j

    thanks to the person that leaked it you may have ruined it for all of us who love the series….. i wish the Step will see it in her heart to please finish writing midnight sun i can only read those 264 pages so many time with out getting frustrated. PLEASE STEPHENIE CONTINUE MIDNIGHT SUN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tabetha

    Please Stephenie finish midnight sun I need it like i need air. I understand that it upset you when it was leaked out but you can’t let your fans down. PLEASE FINISH MIDNIGHT SUN.

  • alyssa

    ”….,,,STEPANY I WAIT 4 DA NEW EPISODE HU’H???…SEE YA’YH,,,.YOU KNOW IM SO EXCITED TO READ THE NEW EPISOSE…,,,U KNOW AMAN I LOVE EDWARD SO MUCH DIBA??…,,,

  • alyssa

    ?????…,,,GUY’Z NEW MOON IS SO COOL..JUST WAIT 4 DA LAST EPISODE TO BE FINISH..,,???!!(MIDNIGHT SUN)….,,,,EDWARD IS SO MORE HANDSOME HER!!!!..,,,”’I NTHINK IT’S MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN TWILIGHT..,,,!!!LET SEE IF STEPANY FINISH TO WORK MIDNIGHT SUN…,,,!!!

  • Isabel

    Even though you havent finished Midnight Sun i think you should. Just forget about what those people did , your dissapointing your fan’s,like me i want to read the whole book.But i cant because you havent finished. I think you should finish it and publish the book. I mean your fan’s dident do anything to you and yet your making them sad we dident deserve this. So think about it,open your heart and finish the book. I’ve read the first chapter snd it was sooo good! Stephanie i think you should finish i understand that you are upset,but dont let that stop you! Every one depend’s on you and to finish the book with your thought;s and heart in it. Please dont let that stop you,just ignore it finish the book for your fans.

  • Michelle

    I finished the 264 pages in two days during my christmas break. It’s completely different perspective especially there will be more involvement from Edward’s family members- his mom, his brother Emmett his other lovely sister Alice. I can’t wait for the completed book to read.

  • cassandra

    can you please finish the book i went throw that other ones like water it only took me two weeks to read them all cause they are all so good and very hard to put down……….. i dont think i can wait that much longer there so fun and amozing that so many word to explain the book to you but i love them…….go edward!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wilda

    I love Twilligt Saga… I read the 4 book for a week… I was so fascinated by it. Ive heard from my friend about this Midnight Sun that Stephenie wrote and sad to say I can open it. It says the file is damage. Pls help me, I really want to read it. what can I do????

  • rachel

    hey stephanie i really want you to finish midnight sun!
    i cant bare not knowing the rest of the story through edward now that i have read the first 264 pages!!
    please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please plese please please please please please pleas please pleasee please please please can you finish midnight sun
    even though it was horrible of the person to post it on the internet without your permission i still had to read it (from your website) even though i felt bad.
    i want to be able to read the rest of the book without so much guilt!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx all the love in the world for you for writing your other books (including the host) but much more love going to you if you finish midnight sun xxxxxxxxx rach xxxxxxxxx

  • hana

    Dear Stephenie,

    Hope you’ll read this letter.. It’s so amazing what you have done with twilight – midnight sun. It’s so different to see the stories from Edward perspective… It is truly a book that every fans will wait… Please don’t stop writing…

    Regards,
    Hana

  • chenoa

    pleased Stephenie we really like your novels books so insted of quiting writting start a new way but don’t give up writing write a new book please.

  • Katelyn

    I REALLY love your books Stephenie! I can’t wait until Midnight sun comes out. I can’t belive at how good of an author you are, and I LOVE the idea of hearing the story from Edward’s perspective!! Ok, I just wanted to say that I love you books and I think that you should write a whole series of books related to Twilight but in Edward’s perspective. :D

    P.S. I think if you were to wright something else for the main Twilight series, you should consider giving Jacob a girlfriend. I mean, I’m really happy that Edward and Bella ended up together, but I kinda feel bad for Jacob…. I think he’s kinda lonely…. Anyway, that’s just an idea. Thanks for reading! Bi!

  • TWILIGHT FAN!!!

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I READ ALL THE SERIES AND I REALLY REALLY WANT YOU TO FINISH MIDNIGHT SUN! PLEASE STEPHENIE MEYER! YOU ARE ULTIMATELY MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR THAT HAS EVER LIVED! I WOULD LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT IF YOU WERE TO CONTINUE MIDNIGHT SUN! I AM SERIOUS! I REALLY NEED TO SEE THAT BOOK FINISHED. I READ ALL YOUR BOOKS ATLEAST 17 TIME EACH! I READ THE 264 PAGES ONLY 15 TIMES AND I CANNOT BEAR HAVING TO READ IT AGAIN WONDERING HOW EDWARD FEELS ABOUT THE REST OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN TWILIGHT. I AM VERY VERY VERY DESPERATE TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS. HOW HE REACTS TO ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING, TO KNOW WHAT EDWARD THINKS ABOUT BELLA’S REACTION AT THE PROM. THE TRACKER ABOUT TO HUNT THEM DOWN. I WOULD DO ANYTHING IN MY POWER TO MAKE YOU FINISH THAT BOOK!
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! DON’T LET YOUR FANS DOWN. YOU ARE GAINING SUCCESS EVERYTIME YOU BREATHE IN AND OUT! PLEASE!

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