It’s finally official! Fans of the Twilight phenomenon have been hungering for more from Edward and Bella for years, and now their patience has been rewarded.
Best-selling author Stephenie Meyer this week confirmed the rampant rumors and announced the arrival of Midnight Sun, the fifth installment in the enormously successful Twilight YA series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meyer said the book–published by Hatchett Book Group and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers–will hit shelves Aug. 4.
This new volume gives Edward Cullen–the immortal vampire with a conscience and a burning love for Bella Swan–a chance to tell his side of the Twilight story. Midnight Sun relates the haunting love story between vampire and human through Edward’s golden eyes.
This exquisite moment for Twilight fans has been 12 years in the making. Meyer cancelled the original publication plans for Midnight Sun back in 2008 after a copy of her manuscript was leaked online.
So, how did the idea of retelling the classic (and much-loved) story from Edward’s viewpoint come about? “I started to wonder how the first chapter of Twilight would read if it were written from Edward’s perspective,” Meyer wrote on her website.
“There is so much more to his side of the story than there is to Bella’s in that first chapter.”
Meyer wrote that she couldn’t shake this compelling idea. “I found myself thinking his words in the middle of the night and jotting down phrases he would use while I was waiting in line at the post office. (So) I sat down and let Edward get his say.”
Fifteen years after her debut novel, Twilight, became a sensation, Meyer found herself debating over the release of her latest book. “It’s a crazy time right now,” she said, “and I wasn’t sure if it was the right time to put this book out, but some of you have been waiting for so, so long, it doesn’t seem fair to make you wait any more.”
The Twilight books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. And the story’s popularity grew exponentially when each of the books was adapted to the big screen, starting with the original 2008 film starring Robert Pattinson (who is set to star in next year’s The Batman) and Kristen Stewart.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on this book destined to be another best-seller for Stephanie Meyer.