This summer my girlfriend was all a-twitter (not the social media site) about the Twilight Series. Being that I’m the grumpiest reader in all the land, I ignored it. She even told me of a manuscript that was leaked that she was excitedly reading as an addition to the series. Now that Twilight has done so well I did some inspection, and here’s what I found…
On her site, Stephanie admits that the manuscript, Midnight Sun, is an incomplete version of her next project. This book tells the same story as Twilight (the first book) but from the perspective of the vampire, Edward.
Stephanie goes on to say:
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.
(I guess that will teach her a harsh lesson… giving that manuscript out will turn out to be a million dollar mistake. Speaking of which, how exactly do publishers think they’re going to beat the system that has plagued music and movies when eReaders become popular…? Good night and good luck!)
However, Meyer also posts a link to part of the draft in the same post. I’m not going to tell you where to find the full version–if you want it you’ll find it easily–but now you know the facts.