Admit it. You’re totally going to read the new Twilight book, aren’t you?

You caught the big news this week, right? No, not the coronavirus. Or skyrocketing unemployment rates. Or whether we should all be drinking Lysol. (Answer: No.)

Stephenie Meyer announced on Monday that after years of delay, she’s finally releasing Midnight Sun. Yes, after something like 13 years, we’ll finally have the privilege of finding out what Edward was thinking all those times he watched Bella sleep.

The brief history, for those who don’t know: Midnight Sun retells the events of Twliight, but from Edward Cullen’s point of view. Stephenie Meyer was working on this book ages ago, but after the manuscript was leaked online in 2008, she basically felt that the story was ruined and decided to not go further with the project.

But we’ve never forgotten, have we?

Okay, snark aside, I was as hooked on the story as anyone back in the day when the Twilight books were shiny and new. Maybe not to insane shrieking, crying fan levels — but I owned all the books (um, still do…)

See them hiding back there on my very top shelf? Buffy is there to make sure the sparkly vampires don’t escape.

… and I went to a midnight release event for Breaking Dawn, had a few Twilight-themed t-shirts courtesy of Hot Topic, and engaged in many a heated Team Edward vs Team Jacob debate. (For the record, Team Edward, all the way!)

But years pass, and we get over it, and now I can’t really think about those books without scoffing over the more ridiculous elements, like…

  • Thinking that being a boy’s special brand of heroin is romantic
  • The whole sleep-stalking thing
  • “Vegetarian” vampires. Please
  • The idea that Bella would be safest in her hometown because that’s the last place the murderous vampire who wants to kill her would expect her to go. Because he assumes she’s not a dumb-ass? I mean, there’s literally an entire world of other places to hide. This never made the slightest bit of sense to me.
  • Bella falling down
  • Bella being carried by people all the time
  • Vampire baseball
  • Sparkles

And that’s really just book 1.

Vampire baseball. Sorry, just had to say it again.

So do we need Midnight Sun? I’ll tell you, I’m friends with some really smart and amazing and well-read women who were huge fans of the series and who are over the moon about Midnight Sun being released. Now, do any teens actually still read the Twilight books? No idea. But the people who were hooked way back when? I have a feeling enough will be devouring Midnight Sun to put it squarely on all the bestseller lists. Whether they admit to reading it or not is a different question.

As for me? Well…

I did read the gender-swapped version of Twilight that came out in 2015 (Life and Death — my review is here)… and I didn’t actually hate it. I borrowed it from the library, read it out of curiosity, and was amused. It was fine.

So yeah, I’ll probably read Midnight Sun. Again, out of curiosity mostly. Will it be awful? Maybe. Will Edward’s stalkeriness and Bella’s ridiculousness still make me cringe? Oh, undoubtedly.

But I kind of need it in my life anyway. I’m not sure that I’ll buy it. (But probably yes.) And maybe I’ll just read it ironically (or at least, that’s what I’ll claim.)

Midnight Sun will be released August 4, 2020. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

Come on, this is a safe space. You can admit it.

19 thoughts on “Admit it. You’re totally going to read the new Twilight book, aren’t you?

  1. I hadn’t actually heard about this- I guess Coronovirus dominates the news haha! I never really got into Twilight but I’m sure many people my age will be reading this book after being fans in their teenage years- even if this don’t admit it! Great post 🙂

    • Thanks! I think anyone who was a fan way back when will be reading this book. Can’t imagine it attracting new readers though, but who knows? Maybe there will be a whole new wave of Twilight mania.

    • That’s awesome! I hope you love it. The original series was so important to so many people — I hope this book satisfies everyone!

  2. I’m undecided whether to read it or not, but I did enjoy the original series (in spite of all the things you listed that were annoying).

    I think you’re right thought about a lot of people reading it. Everything seems to be making a comeback this year, right?

    • Oh, for sure — all the rebooted movies and TV series, just for starters. I think a lot of people are looking for comfort reads during this weird year, and I think it’ll be oddly nice to return to the Twilight world for a bit.

  3. First I was like ‘Do I need this?!’ And then after a whole minute of reconsideration, I now know that I’m 100% going to read this haha!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  4. This was THE big news this week for sure. And yes, I am so excited that this is finally coming out! In fact I may have already preordered a copy… I have all the books as well and yes, even back then I was like, “Vampire baseball, WTF?”

    • You preordered already? You’re so ahead of the game! I’m sure I”m going to end up breaking down and ordering it too. Who am I kidding? And not only vampire baseball, but vampire baseball wearing baseball shirts, like they had them special-ordered for their family baseball team. 🙂

  5. I heard about Midnight Sun via a blogging friend and I was excited since her and I buddy-read the entire series last year.

    Haven’t preordered yet but hopefully by my birthday (8/15), I’ll be able to go in store and acquire a copy. If not, it’s preorder all the way. Love your post!!

    • Aw, thanks! This sounds like a great way to celebrate your birthday! (Your birthday is the day after my son’s — August is a great month!)

  6. I’m SO torn with this! After re-reading these books this past summer and torturing myself, I don’t know if I want to read this. Yes, there is a huge part of me that is hella curious, but there’s another part of me that’s just like can I handle this? I probably will read it, but I don’t know if I’ll buy it. Maybe if it’s n sale for really cheap because there’s no way I’d pay full price for it!

    • Was it really torture to re-read? I read them all a few times when the Twilight mania was in full swing, but I haven’t touched them since.

      • Ha! I had a lot of ‘wtf’ moments and there were times I had to put the book down and just go “WHAT!” 😂
        I’m glad I was tweeting my thoughts because I had so many of them. I think it’s the only way I got through re-reading them because I don’t think I would have continued reading.
        I just couldn’t believe what I was reading. There were moments when it was just such bad writing. I gave them all 1 star ratings on Goodreads and that was being generous. So that’s why I’m like, if I do read this, I’ll probably be tweeting as I go.

  7. I still own the books too, but I no longer own my Twilight shirts 😂 I was Team Jacob but I did have a Vampire baseball shirt 😂 I don’t know if I will read this just because my TBR is way too big and there are so many other series I need to get caught up on haha, but I did love the books as a teenager 😂

    • I have a few Cullen-related magnets still too, including one about “I’m betting on Alice” and something about Cullen baseball. 🙂 So silly.

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