With the excitement of Monday’s surprise announcement, the launch of our LTT Store, Running our contest through Thursday, and the hundreds of dirty dishes piling up on my kitchen counters, we’ve been busy. Our email inbox has been filled with contest entries, fun messages from long-time lurkers and lots and lots of question suggestions for Stephenie Meyer. I think we need an assistant. Brookelockart has been offering her services for years, but turns out she expects payment other than the promise of UC & Moon co-written smutty fan fic starring her, Edward & Larry411. Who knew!? Anyway, a theme has emerged from the questions we’ve been told to ask so far: Midnight Sun, Midnight Sun, Midnight Sun…..I’ve had two fan letters about this very topic sitting around for awhile now, so I thought today would be the perfect time to share them!
Brooke’s letter to you when the news about the Bree novella broke pretty much said it all: We want Midnight Sun- not some story about a newborn who barely had a blip of a connection with Bella and Edward (though I know I will end up buying it).
But with the desire for Midnight Sun that is so strong its painful, I would like to ask one thing of you WHEN you relieve our suffering and finish the book (I can’t bare to think of out as an if):
Please don’t have Edward purposely pick out that specific outfit on the day of the meadow so he can match Bella. Tell me that after I read the Midnight Sun draft and (naturally) went back to re-read Twilight, I misinterpreted a detail with the extra information I had. I noticed that Bella, the night before going out to the meadow with Edward, no only gratuitously used “drugs” (cough medicine), but she fussed over what she was going to wear. Does that mean she laid her clothes out? Because Edward was most likely in her room that night watching her sleep. PLEASE tell me that she didn’t lay out the ensemble and Edward saw it and thought that somehow it would be a good idea to dress alike.
Have you seen couples that do this? It’s not cute- it’s not sweet. I cringe whenever I see this atrocity. But more so, it’s not something Edward would do. But I felt I had to mention it because I didn’t think he would have kept a lemonade bottle cap as a “token” either, which made me worry that maybe my fear was valid.
So please, keep that in mind. And for the love of all that is holy finish Midnight Sun!
PS – I can never thank you enough for your choice of Jacob and Edward’s names. But THANK YOU 😉
We ponder more Midnight Sun stuff after the jump!
This is a letter I’ve been meaning to write for about 6 months now. Why did it take me so long? Because, 6 months ago I made a discovery. It was so shocking, so upsetting (Sarcasm! Yay!) that it actually took me a few months to process. I actually went through the 5 stages of grief. Now I have hit acceptance.
What was this discovery?
6 months ago I was at work. I’m a clerk and tarot reader at a touristy witchcraft shop. I love my job because I basically get to sort through witchcraft supplies and get to read all of the books on the supernatural and metaphysical that come in. One day, while unpacking a new shipment of books I noticed one called “Vampires- In their own words”. I’ll admit, I was curious. I’m a pretty open and accepting person. Just because I don’t believe vampires exist doesn’t mean I should judge someone for believing they are one.
So, I opened the book and quickly scanned the pages. And that’s when something caught my eye. I’m sure this happens to the best of us. It’s like an instant stop sign. There is was- something Twilighty in vocabulary.
I read the rest of the paragraph.
“I started formalizing this network of pen-pals into a loose organization, which became the International Society of Vampires, or ISV. The ISV was a membership-based organization with a monthly newsletter, The Midnight Sun.”
Wait, what? A newsletter? Not a story about Edward Cullen?
“The newsletter started publication in 1995”.
I was floored. 1995 was WAY before Twilight was even a thought in Steph’s mind. What the heck is going on?
That night I laid awake in bed, thinking through what I had discovered. Was it coincidence? Two vampire themed things with the same name? The book that Stephanie STILL hasn’t published?
Let’s discuss the names of all the other books in the series:
Twilight: Its a time of night.
New Moon: Being the witchy witch that I am, I’m down with all the moon cycles, and the New Moon happens to be my favorite. New Moon = No visible moon.
Eclipse: That’s when the sun gets covered, its all dark but its not night!
And Breaking Dawn? When the sun first comes over the horizon, the dawn breaks.
What the hell is a midnight sun?!? There isn’t a sun at midnight. It’s not a time of day. Its’ just two words strung together! It does not compute!
I was mad! How dare Stephanie steal the title! It couldn’t possibly be coincidence.
I swore off Twilight stuff for a week!
After a month or so, I calmed down. I started to mull things over a bit.If you really think about it, a title is just a title. In reality you cannot copyright it.
Jill Sobule and Katy Perry both have songs called “I Kissed a Girl”. (Jill’s is WAY better). My favorite book ever, Sick Puppy is also the name of a band. There’s another movie with the title Twilight that I accidentally rented on Netflix one day when I wasn’t really paying attention. There’s Zelda’s Twilight Princess game. And the wonderful band Boa has an album called Twilight that has Emu’s on the cover. I highly suggest it. Seriously find a copy if you can.
That’s when I started to heal. Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Would the story be any different with a different title?
What if it was called Hailey’s Comet? No wait, that’s bad. How about Meteor Shower? Havest Moon? Full Moon: the Jacobs ass addition? Equinox?
No matter what, Midnight Sun would still be my favorite of the series.
I realized that I just didn’t care. And I don’t think any fan will hold a grudge (I hope). We would continue to loves the stories, and continue to love Stephanie as the author.
Be it copyright infringement, coincidence, or whatev. I accept it, and you. Thank you Stephanie Meyer, for a wonderful series.
P.S. Finish Midnight Sun already!