Midnight Sun: CANCELLED

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Posted: 28 August 2008 at 10:27pm | IP Logged

From Stephenie's own website:

Originally posted by SMeyer

August 28, 2008 (part II)

As some of you may have heard, my partial draft of Midnight Sun was illegally posted on the Internet and has since been virally distributed without my knowledge or permission or the knowledge or permission of my publisher.

I have a good idea of how the leak happened as there were very few copies of Midnight Sun that left my possession and each was unique. Due to little changes I made to the manuscript at different times, I can tell when each left my possession and to whom it was given. The manuscript that was illegally distributed on the Internet was given to trusted individuals for a good purpose. I have no comment beyond that as I believe that there was no malicious intent with the initial distribution.

I did not want my readers to experience Midnight Sun before it was completed, edited and published. I think it is important for everybody to understand that what happened was a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being. As the author of the Twilight Saga, I control the copyright and it is up to the owner of the copyright to decide when the books should be made public; this is the same for musicians and filmmakers. Just because someone buys a book or movie or song, or gets a download off the Internet, doesn't mean that they own the right to reproduce and distribute it. Unfortunately, with the Internet, it is easy for people to obtain and share items that do not legally belong to them. No matter how this is done, it is still dishonest. This has been a very upsetting experience for me, but I hope it will at least leave my fans with a better understanding of copyright and the importance of artistic control.

So where does this leave Midnight Sun? My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn't like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything. If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely.

I'd rather my fans not read this version of Midnight Sun. It was only an incomplete draft; the writing is messy and flawed and full of mistakes. But how do I comment on this violation without driving more people to look for the illegal posting? It has taken me a while to decide how and if I could respond. But to end the confusion, I've decided to make the draft available here (at the end of this message on the Midnight Sun page). This way, my readers don't have to feel they have to make a sacrifice to stay honest. I hope this fragment gives you further insight into Edward's head and adds a new dimension to the Twilight story. That's what inspired me to write it in the first place.

I do want to take a moment and thank the wonderful fans who have been so supportive of me over the past three years. I cannot begin to tell you how much each of you means to me. I only hope this note will stop all the confusion and online speculation so that the Twilight universe can once again become the happy escape it used to be. After this incredibly busy year, I am now focusing on spending more time with my family and working on some other writing projects.


I wish she'd quit blaming her fans and trying to send them on guilt trips. She should step up, and take it like it is. So some parts of it got leaked. BIG DEAL. It's not the first time it's ever happened. A lot of authors' books do get leaked. You don't see them whining.

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Posted: 29 August 2008 at 6:48am | IP Logged
Oh dear! thats really sad! i am quite gutted! Edward's point off view was like the best thing ever! Its a shame and i really hope she changes her mind! Embarrassed

Bit off an overreactoin according to me, like you rightly said this type off copyright breaches happen alot with authors through the internet!Ouch

thanx for sharing Anu!

Sam x

p.s off to sulk somewhere...
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Posted: 29 August 2008 at 9:03am | IP Logged
OMG!! no way!!!!!
i really wnated midnight sun to be published! i am not really liking stepehenie meyer lately...
hopefully midnight sun can be published and she continues to write it
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Posted: 29 August 2008 at 10:06am | IP Logged
Whoever leaked it was a total jerk. It's not fair to the author at all. But then again, the people she gave them too weren't very trust-able people, and it's too bad things had to go this far for her to realize that. If one puts themselves in Stephenie's shoes, I'm sure they'd understand what she was going through. From the reader's perspective, everything is much much different.
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Posted: 29 August 2008 at 1:10pm | IP Logged
i reallllly loved edward version of twilight
i really hope she changes her mind
xyounngLOVE IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 29 August 2008 at 1:26pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by TINK

Oh dear! thats really sad! i am quite gutted! Edward's point off view was like the best thing ever! Its a shame and i really hope she changes her mind! Embarrassed

Bit off an overreactoin according to me, like you rightly said this type off copyright breaches happen alot with authors through the internet!Ouch

thanx for sharing Anu!

Sam x

p.s off to sulk somewhere...
i knoww :( i really hope she changes her mind sam Cry I really wanted to see edwards point of view
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Posted: 29 August 2008 at 3:54pm | IP Logged
Oh man!  I was looking foward to reading Midnight Sun...I thought it would be interesting to see his point of view and how he precieves things!  Butt ahh!

I guess I would be mad too, if someone put my copy online and everyone read it...But still I wouldn't ahve given the incoplete copies laying around, I would have taken very good care in keeping them safe! 

I hope she puts it out!

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