Remember when "Twilight" was a thing? The vampire romance was a brief, but intense cultural phenomenon. In fact, I was so engrossed in the as a teen, I read the first three books in two days. When the fourth came out, I went to Barnes & Noble at midnight with my best friend to get it and read the whole book before the sun came up. Twelve years later, this sounds entirely insane, but it was just what Twilight fans did. Now I'm wondering if we'll revert to our ways with the news about "Midnight Sun."

"Twilight" creator Stephenie Meyer surprised fans a few days ago that eventually became a big reveal: Meyer announced she'll finally release "Midnight Sun," the first book in the series told from Edward's perspective. Now we'll get to know exactly what Edward was thinking when he fell in love with a lamb.

"Midnight Sun" has been years in the making. Initially, Meyer planned to release the book not long after "" but part of the manuscript was leaked online and she vowed to never publish the story. Some 12 years later, she's changed her mind and plans to give Twilight fans a look inside Edward's mind. In her online statement, Meyer said:

Working on a book for more than thirteen years is a strange experience. I’m not the same person I was then. My children have all grown up. My back got weird. The world is a different place. I can only imagine all the things that have changed for you. But completing Midnight Sun has brought back to me those early days of Twilight when I first met many of you. We had a lot of fun, didn’t we? Throwing proms and hanging out in hotel rooms and reading on the beach (while getting the most epic sunburns of our lives). We made hilarious t-shirts and fabulous websites. We found kindred spirits that are still in our lives now. I hope going back to the beginning of Bella’s and Edward’s story reminds you of all that fun, too.

Will "Midnight Sun" inspire the same level of pandemonium as "Twilight"? Personally, I don't think so. When the film adaptation of "Twilight" debuted in the fall of 2008, Twilight became a full-fledged craze. People stalked stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Nicknames were born. Obsessions brewed. Women with children, young and old, called themselves "Twilight Moms." But even the rest of us Twihards would arrive hours before a midnight movie premiere to participate in Twilight trivia. My best friend won the soundtrack for "," while I won a men's XXL t-shirt. I still own that shirt, actually.

More than a decade later, Twihards still love the sage, but it hasn't held up as well as a contemporary franchise like Harry Potter. Certainly, fans of the saga will want to finally get their hands on a book they got a glimpse of years ago. But that story hasn't aged well. Team Edward fans defended his actions as if he was their boyfriend. Now it's pretty clear he was creepy. Edward watched Bella while she slept. Their relationship was toxic and far too obsessive for teenagers. Yet, as a young adult reading that books, I was engulfed. Edward and Bella were meant to be. Jacob was just a road block, and anyone that was Team Jacob didn't understand true love.

Seeing how the story hasn't aged well, it's likely the craze hasn't either. Meyer says she has changed over the years, so we can hope she's able to incorporate changes into her writing. Either way, Twihards will most likely return to the series, but not to the wild craze that originally accompanied the books.

Just to compare to Harry Potter again, most fans still keep tabs on a number of Harry Potter stars. Only really deep Twilight fans keep up with the folks who played Jasper, Alice, Rose, Emmett, and others. Anna Kendrick became the most famous Twilight actor after the series ended, even though she played the minor role of Jessica.

During the height of Twilight fandom, the series inspired thousands (if not millions) of fan fiction stories. In fact, "" started out as a "Twilight" fan fic.

"Midnight Sun" promises to be a companion piece to "Twilight," but will also explore Edward's life before he met Bella. The August 4, 36棋牌 for $27.99. It's a little longer than "Twilight," clocking in at 672 pages. You can pre-oder the book at , , and .

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