We said goodbye here at TN back in the fall, and there’s not a lot that would get us to brush the dust off of and write a post again. Just one thing really. Yesterday Stephenie Meyer announced to the world that WE’RE FINALLY GETTING MIDNIGHT SUN. Edward Cullen hive rise.
Last week her production company Fickle Fish Films began daily posts on their social media accounts and a countdown clock popped up on her website. Speculation began on what it could possibly mean. The starry sky led some people to believe that it would be news about a sequel to The Host, but of course Twilight fans everywhere were hopeful that Stephenie had finally completed Midnight Sun over 12 years after a leak led her to post the incomplete manuscript on her website.
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Our wish has come true at long last. That clock ticked down to zero, the glorious announcement was made, and a shiny new page appeared on her website where Stephenie posted a letter to fans about how Midnight Sun has finally come into being.
We still have to wait a little bit longer — the book goes on sale on August 4th — but what’s a few months compared to the more than a decade we’ve already waited?! In the meantime we get to gaze upon the cover for Midnight Sun and imagine what it’s going to look like on our shelf next to all the other books in the series. The pomegranate is in keeping with the forbidden fruit theme of the Twilight cover and as an added bonus gives off tons of those sexy Hades/Persephone vibes.
We were treated to another wonderful shock in the form of the page count. This thing is going to be 672 beautiful pages, which will make it the second longest after Breaking Dawn and much longer than Twilight. We deserve that much Edward after the year we’ve all had, Stephenie is truly coming through for us. And while we already know what the overall plot of this book is, we still have the whole summer to do some speculating about all the Edward angst that we have yet to see. It was always a real ovary punch to get to the end of the manuscript on her website to have it cut off just before The Meadow chapter, and now we’ll never have that feeling again! The baseball scene. Bella and Edward’s first kiss. The ballet studio fight. We’re going to be inside Edward’s sparkly little noggin for all of it, and so much more that we don’t even know about yet. In her interview with USA Today, Stephenie said, “By far the most exciting part of writing this, hands down, is the fourth act where Edward and Bella are separated, so then I’m free to do whatever I want,” and that the Edward we’ll see in Midnight Sun “might be an Edward that’s a lot different” than the one we think we know. What does it all mean?!
This has always been my favorite part of fandom — all the anticipation that comes with a new release, and a bunch of people coming together to lose our minds about something we all love.
I plan to unreservedly bask in the wave of nostalgia that Midnight Sun has brought in. There’ll undoubtedly be summer series re-read before the release date, a huge influx of new fanfic (be on the lookout for the next 50 Shades!) and dare we hope for a whole slew of Hot Topic merch that we’ll buy way too much of, use/wear/display obsessively for 6 months and then never touch again?! Enjoy every second of it, Twihards. We deserve this.
(And always remember, everything goes back to Twilight. #EGBTT)