Stephen vs. Stephenie: Meyer announces ‘Twilight’ novella for June
And trumping news of Stephen King’s baseball novella, Stephenie Meyer announced today a ‘Twilight’ novella will be published in June. Previously the humongously popular novelist had said she was done with teenage vampires for the foresseable future.
Titled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, the book runs to 192 pages, and will be published at 12:01 a.m. on June 5, according to USA Today.
The book has a first printing of 1.5 million copies, with a dollar from each book going to the American Red Cross International Fund, says Publishers Weekly.
Given the timing of Meyer’s announcment, could this be a smackback at King, who said in a February interview that “Stephenie Meyer can’t write wroth a darn. She’s not very good.”
Meyer’s novella expands the story of “a newborn vampire” introduced in Eclipse, the third full novel in Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ series, which currently runs to four books.
Bree is part of an army of newborn vampires created by Cullen family nemesis Victoria. Thirsty for revenge after the Cullens kill her vampire lover James, Victoria’s plan is to use her army to kill the Cullens and Bella.
In statement issued today, Meyer says Bree’s story was originally intended for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, but outgrew that venue.
“I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella,” Meyer tells USA Today. “When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the Guide.”
PW reports that Bree will be included in the Eclipse movie, due out June 30. USA Today says Meyer gave the film’s director, David Slade, a draft of the novella to read during production. Plot points from the new story made their way into the movie.
In addition to the print edition, PW reports, the book will be available to read online for free from June 7 to July 5 at www.breetanner.com.
[S]ince this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free,” Meyer said in a post about the book on her Web site. “You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift.”
Meyer suggests fans enjoy this unexpected gift, because she’s still not writing the fifth full novel in the Twilight series, Midnight Sun.
“I think they’re all waiting for Midnight Sun,” Meyer tells USA Today. “But I’m not writing about vampires right now.”
So who’s the winner in the Ultimate Literary Death Match: King, the cagey veteran, or Meyer, the hot young rising star? You call it.