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During the quarantine, I discovered that the book series “Twilight” has a short novel that depicts Edward’s perspective on the events that happened in the first book. The 247-page novel called “Midnight Sun” was written by Stephanie Meyer in 2008. The book was originally supposed to be a complete rendition of the first novel in the series, but the first 12 chapters got leaked, so she decided to stop the production of it. 

For those who are unfamiliar with the first novel or the Twilight series, Edward is a vampire who falls in love with a human named Bella. Since Bella attracts danger so easily, he feels the need to protect her throughout the story and will do so many times. The majority of the book follows the twists and turns of their fantastical soulmate connection. However, the original books are from Bella’s point of view. 

While this novel is repetitive as it reiterates the events of the first book, it is fascinating to read Edward’s perspective as he is such a vital part of the original story. He offers a new look at the incidents that marked his relationship with Bella,  thus providing readers with an explanation for some of his actions. For example, it was interesting to learn what he was thinking about when he first met her. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how he is always struggling with the knowledge that he is a vampire, as well as his admiration for his family. There is a lot more to his side of the story than I realized. 

Personally, the best part about the book for me was understanding just how much he loved her. The movie adaptation of the books hardly touched the essence of their connection, which is something I did not consider until I  read “Midnight Sun” and the full series this week. I was in awe of his devotion to her as he forces himself to contain his instincts and protect her. The book truly goes in-depth on his struggle to defy his monstrous nature and how he gains the courage to keep being around her. It is also interesting to learn what he is doing during the times he is away from Bella. As a kid, I always wondered where he went when he disappeared for long periods of time,  such as when the sun was out. It was exciting to finally find out this information. 

I also found that Edward was strangely relatable, as he expresses how lonely he was for so long, especially since he has to watch his family members be happily married. 

Although Stephanie Meyer never produced a full rendition of the novel, another unpublished writer decided to finish it. The rest of the book is called “Midnight Sun: Part 2”, written by P.A. Lassiter. The Stephanie Meyer version only goes as far as 12 chapters out of 24, so there is a substantial amount of text not finished. I recommend reading the second part as well, even though a different author wrote it. Lassiter does a fine job executing the book in the same writing style that Meyer had, so there isn’t a striking difference between the tones of the two parts. He rewrote all of the other books into Edward’s perspective, as well.

The first 247 pages can be found online at stephaniemeyer.com, where it is free to read, and the rest of the chapters are posted on palassiter.wordpress.com. I highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of “Twilight” because it will give you a fresh perspective on the events that take place in the novel, and bring forth the excitement you felt when you read the book for the first time. I know I became madly obsessed with the series, once again, after reading this, and loved every minute I spent reading the books or watching the movies last week.

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