Monday, June 15, 2009
Though it is currently on hold, it will most likely be published in a few years. Stephenie Meyer will not be able to resist writing Edward’s story; and the pain from having her work misused will fade with time.
Below is what Stephanie Meyer had to say herself, about Midnight Sun. StephenieMeyer.com:
“As some of you may have heard, my partial draft of Midnight Sun was illegally posted on the Internet and has since been virally distributed without my knowledge or permission or the knowledge or permission of my publisher.[…]
I did not want my readers to experience Midnight Sun before it was completed, edited and published. I think it is important for everybody to understand that what happened was a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being. As the author of the Twilight Saga, I control the copyright and it is up to the owner of the copyright to decide when the books should be made public; this is the same for musicians and filmmakers. Just because someone buys a book or movie or song, or gets a download off the Internet, doesn't mean that they own the right to reproduce and distribute it. Unfortunately, with the Internet, it is easy for people to obtain and share items that do not legally belong to them. No matter how this is done, it is still dishonest. This has been a very upsetting experience for me, but I hope it will at least leave my fans with a better understanding of copyright and the importance of artistic control.
So where does this leave Midnight Sun? 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.[…] But to end the confusion, I've decided to make the draft available here. This way, my readers don't have to feel they have to make a sacrifice to stay honest. I hope this fragment gives you further insight into Edward's head and adds a new dimension to the Twilight story. That's what inspired me to write it in the first place.
I do want to take a moment and thank the wonderful fans who have been so supportive of me over the past three years. I cannot begin to tell you how much each of you means to me. I only hope this note will stop all the confusion and online speculation so that the Twilight universe can once again become the happy escape it used to be. After this incredibly busy year, I am now focusing on spending more time with my family and working on some other writing projects.--Stephenie”
Here is the link to the about 300 pages of Midnight Sun that have been drafted.
Again, in regards to Stephenie’s rights as the author, please do not do any illegal distribution and the like with the manuscript. And maybe one day, we will be able to enjoy the whole of Midnight Sun.
Now we can understand what goes on in Edward’s head, the Cullen household, and why life for all of them is such a struggle. When/if published, Midnight Sun I do believe will out sell the other Twilight Saga books.
Until that day, enjoy the rough draft!Midnight Sun Partial Rough Draft