When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.
This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?
I have been a TwiHard for as long as I can remember. Having grown up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files, supernatural creatures have always had a thrall over me, but none so great as vampires themselves. When I was a teenager, the Twilight Saga was incredibly popular, and as such, my self-proclaimed emo personality wouldn’t let me give into such basic pursuits. Then, the movies were released. Upon seeing Edward, Bella, and the rest of the motley crew living in Forks on the big screen lit up my curiosity. Thus, an obsession that would last me my whole life long was born. I have felt the void of the series for awhile now, longing for the tumultuous love stories of my childhood. So, when I heard that Stephanie was finally releasing Midnight Sun, I was overwhelmed with joy. Upon reading the novel, that only grew and grew.
YA readers of all ages know the story by now– the lion falls in love with the lamb and so on. However, what Midnight Sun gives us that the rest of the series never has is newfound insight to Edward’s thoughts throughout the events of Twilight. It adds much needed expatiation to the Cullen family– my favorite being that of Emmett Cullen. Through his interactions with his family and the telepathic conversations held with his brother, Edward, we seen his compassion and his humor. This extends itself through all of the characters: crowning Jessica Stanley the next Regina George, displaying Angela Weber’s pure heart, and the discordant notes of Renee and Charlie Swan’s thoughts that came together so perfectly to make the enigma that is Bella Swan. In addition, we finally get to see the mind behind the golden eyes. It gives the romance new life as we are allowed to see just how much Edward cares for Bella, and the motivation behind each of his decisions.
Yes, there have been a few re-tellings of Twilight that have come out since the series has ended, but I think that every one of them is important in its own way. Midnight Sun has been a passion project that Stephanie mostly wrote out for her curious mother– and the way she has grown as a writer through the years is undeniably apparent. The effect it all has had on the fandom in this time of uncertainty and chaos has been irreplaceable; and I speak from experience. Stepping into the comfort of these pages that I had long since left behind was just like the hugs I sorely miss. It was nostalgia and rebirth all at once. I think that it will lead new generations to the saga, and I hope that they find a home in it as much as I did once. I’m sure there are no plans to continue the series in this way, but rest assured, we fans are extremely interested. If you loved Twilight even a bit, take this monster on. You’ll let out a breath you didn’t even know you were holding. 😉