2008-Stephenie Meyer, we forgive you.
Because this? This is everything.
Need a refresher?
Originally, Midnight Sun was meant to be published in 2009. However, the previous summer the first 12 chapters of the book were leaked online, allegedly by someone close to Meyer.
Meyer originally planned on releasing Midnight Sun in 2008 but canceled the release due to the leak of her unfinished draft, calling the work “an exercise in character development that got wildly out of hand.” She eventually posted a partial rough draft of the novel on her website.
Following the announcement, Meyer shared a letter to fans on her website writing, “While I was procrastinating some real editing work (I’m always at my most creative when procrastinating), I started to wonder how the first chapter of Twilight would read if it were written from Edward’s perspective. There is so much more to his side of the story than there is to Bella [Swan]’s in that first chapter.”
For over a decade, those 12 chapters were everything fans thought that they would get from Edward’s perspective on the story.
Until this year.
Via her official website, Meyer has now announced that she has finished the novel and that its release date will be August 4th, 2020.
And we’ll be damned if we won’t be first in line for the book.
1. It’s the series that started it all.
Don’t you want to see how the first YA novel was like?
The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Divergent… all of them would not have happened without Twilight proving that teenagers could be invested in reading – and yeah, we get it, Harry Potter came first, but Twilight was the brilliant candle that took us forward. You can hate on Meyer’s writing all you want, but she was a first and that is undeniable.
2. Because yes, you were also once as emo as Bella.
Almost everyone that re-reads Twilight notices how annoying Bella is. However, our 13-year-old selves loved that drama, and there is no shame in admitting to that.
And maybe we can start recognizing now that Kristen Stewart is not a bad actor at all: Bella was an annoying character and that’s how she played her.
3. That preface you probably skipped.
The fact that you have just remembered that Twilight has a preface (important, not a prologue) is a sign that you have not visited the books in a while.
The preface is a very symbolic and dramatic image of Bella being attacked by a hunter, that only makes sense once you’ve finished the novel. And if you think I spoiled you, you can just start in Chapter 1.
4. The most awkward meet-cute ever.
Who wants to bump into the hottest guy at school and have him help you pick up the books that you dropped when you can have Edward Cullen looking at you like you’re the most disgusting thing on the planet?
Twilight showed us that unrealistic and romantic meet-cutes are overrated. What matters is the end of the couple, not how they meet. Still, this scene keeps being one of the most hilarious scenes of YA.
5. To remember when they say the quote that you still know by heart.
You know which one I’m talking about, and you can still hear Kristen Stewart’s voice in your head while you read it.
“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” “What a stupid lamb,” I sighed. “What a sick, masochistic lion.”
6. To appreciate Stephenie Meyer’s representation of a life without Edward.
Those white pages on New Moon with just the names of the months on them… truly poetic. They broke 13-year-old me’s heart.
7. To learn that it is not okay to try to waste your life because your boyfriend left you.
Yes, Edward was hot.
Yes, we were all devastated when he left.
No, under no circumstances is it okay to try to risk your life to have hallucinations with your vampire ex-boyfriend.
8. Glittery vampires.
Do I need to add anything else?
9. To understand that Jacob never stood a chance.
Look, we all know Jacob was the better guy (and the less creepy one). However, it was clear the whole time that Bella was never interested in him that way. Re-read Eclipse if you have any doubts.
10. The tragic episode of Bree Tanner. If you don’t remember, you need to.
The proof of whether you were a true Twilight fan is whether you can remember who Bree Tanner was. Bonus points if you’ve read her story.
If not… this might be the perfect moment to do so.
11. How the Cullens made being vegetarian cool…kind of?
Granted, humans are different from animals. But still, the Cullens stood up for their values and what they considered ethical and they should get respect for that.
12. The empowerment of female sexuality and consent (before all of that was cool)
In Twilight, it is Bella who pushes Edward to have sex but agrees to respect his boundaries. Moreover, when Jacob kisses Bella without her consent she hits him (and hurts her hand), making sure to draw the limits of what is acceptable.
We stan a woman who knows what she wants (and what she doesn’t) and is not afraid to express it.
13. Rosalie being an underappreciated badass.
None of us gave Rosalie the love that she originally deserved. Only when we learned about her backstory in Eclipse and everything that she went through we were able to understand her cold personality.
Rosalie had the life she always dreamt of until she was attacked and raped by a group of drunk men (one of which was her fiancée!) and left to die. Luckily Carlisle saved her and she decided to take matters on her own hands and avenge her death.
Re-reading the books is a great opportunity to look at Rosalie from a different angle: as a woman that has suffered beyond possibility and has come out stronger.
14. The material that inspired 50 Shades Of Grey
At some point, E. L. James read the Twilight saga and was inspired by it to write a fanfiction that would end up becoming Fifty Shades of Grey. Looking closer it is very easy to see the connections: Bella’s personality originated Anastasia’s, Bella’s mother is literally the same character as Christian Grey’s mother, and even Anastasia’s best friend resembles Jacob.
If that’s up your alley, you should also re-read Fifty Shades when you’re done with the Twilight series. So you can have it fresh in your mind and you can point out every single similarity.
15. Reneesme. Um, yeah. Her.
Yes, her whole character. Starting from the classic scene when Bella screams at Jacob for nicknaming her Nessie (honestly, anything that is not Reneesme is an upgrade). But, even if we accept imprinting as a supernatural phenomenon, the idea that Jacob was in love with Bella because she would be the mother of his soul mate doesn’t sit well with me… shouldn’t he have also been in love with Edward too?
It is worth reviewing the whole saga just to understand how we came to that – and then re-reading Breaking Dawn.
16. That gender-swapped version you forgot existed (because it wasn’t Midnight Sun).
Yes, Stephenie Meyer published another retelling of Twilight that was not Midnight Sun, and definitely not what we would have expected.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is the genderswapped story of Beau Swan, an ordinary guy that falls in love with a beautiful vampire…Edythe Cullen.
17. The birth of ship wars.
Twilight gave us many things, but arguably the most important one is the birth of the teams.
Team Edward vs Team Jacob was the debate of our teenage years. If you ask me, I’d say I am Team Edward for Bella and Team Jacob for myself, and I accept no other point of view.
18. Alice is the true hero of the whole story.
Let’s be honest. Edward was creepy, Bella was annoying and Jacob did his own thing. Alice was always the one keeping everyone alive and together.
In Breaking Dawn, the Cullens put together a small army of vampires but it is only Alice that is able to stop the Volturi, all by herself. We stan her all the way. Plus, her fashion style that Bella was too good for is worth a mention.
19. Jacob’s point of view.
We are all eagerly waiting for August to be able to read Edward’s perspective on the story. However, let’s remember that the books already gave us Jacob. Re-read Breaking Dawn is the perfect excuse to get into the werewolf’s mind and decide on your favorite narrator!