What We’ve Learned from Stephenie Meyer’s Book Events Q&A

Stephenie Meyer has participated in a few virtual book tour events and has answered a few questions that fans will be very interested in! Here are a few of the details we have learned along the way. 

Will there be more Twilight Saga Books?

YES! But we don’t know when.  Stephenie said she has two more books planned. The first book would take place about 4 years after Breaking Dawn. And Freaky Fred from Bree Tanner would be important to the second book.  She also wouldn’t answer a particular question about the Volturi and even said that would lead to spoilers. She did say that the Volturi would have to be dealt with.  However, it’s going to be a while!  She has a whole chapter of the first book done, but she wants to work on something else before she writes more Twilight Saga.  

Will there be more books from Edward’s perspective?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! She was very clear about this.  Midnight Sun took too long to write and was too dark that she will not write from Edward’s PoV again.  

Will Midnight Sun be a movie?

She said there is always a film possibility. But she said the problem is that sound editing would be hard to fill in all the sounds Edward hears in his mind. Also she said that no human comes close to looking like the vampires in her mind. She suggested that animation would be a great way to do it!

How did they come up with the cover of Midnight Sun?

The cover went through several changes. Originally she wanted a hand squishing the pomegranate. This would echo the hands holding the apple on the cover of Twilight. But the photographer came back with an altered version that looked like a heart and that’s the one they eventually went with.  

What was she most proud of from Midnight Sun?

Without spoiling for anyone who hasn’t read… Stephenie was very proud of the moment that comes just after Edward watches James’ video near the end of the book.  

What was the most fun to write in Midnight Sun?

She said every moment that wasn’t in Twilight was fun.  All the parts where she had to stick to a script and make it fit was hard. Of those moments that were fun, the car chase was the most fun!

TheHostPBWill there be more Host books?

She has the books all planned and outlined and but she’s over planned and uncertain of when she will write it.  

What book will she write next?

Stephenie said she has about 23 different novels started on her computer.  Some are just basic outlines.  Some have full pinterest boards.  Some are more developed than others.  So she doesn’t know what’s coming next.  

Will there be any more films based on your books?

Stephenie finished a screenplay for the Chemist and said it’s ready to be filmed.  But she would really like to see Life and Death as a film because she loved the characters of Edythe and Archie so much.  

She also said that if the Twilight Saga books are ever filmed again they will be an extended episodic TV show, like the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice.

What’s her favorite scene from the book that wasn’t in the film?

Blood typing! Which tends to be everyone’s favorite missing moment.  

Special trivia Info…

Bella’s shield comes from Charlie’s muted quietness and Renee’s powerful volume. So Bella’s quietness is super strong.  

The Volturi were not originally in New Moon. They were added in at the end from a suggestion Stephenie’s mom made to add danger to the end. 

Bella went to Horizon High School in Arizona. 

Carlisle bought Esme an island because she is beautiful and he wanted to see her in the sun. 

Forever Dawn (the original sequel to twilight where Edward didn’t leave Bella) is copyrighted, so it’s at the Library of Congress should you want to read it. 

Special thanks to OhMyCarlisle and Rosmelie for some of the questions from the film event. 

 

Midnight Sun Giveaways – There are THREE ways to win!!

Midnight Sun CoverWe have several give aways that we are sponsoring and multiple ways for you to enter to win some great products and signatures from Stephenie Meyer thanks to Fickle Fish Films and TheNovl

First – Leave a comment here on the Lexicon about what moment you are most looking forward to reading about in Midnight Sun.  We will pick one winner from the comments posted to receive a copy of Midnight Sun along with a signed book plate. This contest is open to all countries and international followers.  

Second – We will have a twitter contest for a second give away of the book along with a signed book plate.  Again, this is an international contest open to anyone. Check  our Twitter feed for details.  

Third – We are hosting a give away on Instagram for TheNovl Midnight Sun Box. This box includes a copy of Midnight Sun and a signed bookplate along with a whole host of other goodies!  We will choose one winner from our Instagram followers. Because of the content of this box, this give away is open to only the US.  

All winners will be chosen on Sunday Aug. 9, 2020.

Stephenie Meyer on Writing Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun CoverIn a new article with the New York Times, Stephenie Meyer addresses some of her nerves about writing Midnight Sun, publishing it after such a long wait, and why it did take so long to finish.  

Stephenie first addresses the fact that she didn’t think that many people would care about the book only to be reminded of the saga’s popularity when her website crashed. 

“I’m pretty sure people aren’t going to get exactly what they think they’re getting. Because of all the time that’s passed, they’ve built up in their minds what they thought it was going to be, and so no one can live up to those kinds of expectations.”

Why wasn’t it published earlier – or why publish it now?

“Because I finished it. The reason it wasn’t published earlier was because it was not done, and when I did see the light at the end of the tunnel — when I saw that I was actually going to be able to finish it — I started the publication process right away, because I knew there were people who had been waiting really kindly and patiently, but also anxiously, for quite a while.

And then Covid-19 happens. And so do we put it out still? It became quickly obvious that there wasn’t a real end in sight with Covid. I am really excited when I have a book to read right now, because there’s not much else that’s exciting. I hoped people would feel the same way.”

Why did it take so long to finish?

“The real reason the book took so long to write is because this was just a huge, pain-in-the-butt book to write. With some of my books, it was like they were writing themselves, and I was just working to keep up with dictation. That kind of writing is fun and exciting. This was like, every single word was a struggle.”

What can fans expect?

“I think the part that people won’t expect is: Edward is a very anxious character. Writing him made me more anxious, and that’s one of the reasons it was hard to be in that story. His anxiety combined with mine was potent. He starts off fairly confident, but boy does he get broken down by the end. Bella really breaks him into pieces. I think he comes across in “Twilight” being very strong and so super sure of himself, when that never was really actually the case.”

What were your favorite bits to write about?

“The best parts to write, hands down, were the times that Bella was not present, and I wasn’t locked into a certain set of dialogues and actions. That was when I felt he could be more himself.”

“Some people are going to like some characters more, and they’re going to like some characters less, because not only is he spending time with them that way, but he is reading their minds all the time. It’s a reflex reaction for him, he can’t control it, so you get, not just a picture of people, you get the full story all the time, which is kind of overwhelming. I think you get a sense of how overwhelming it would be to constantly have people’s voices in your head.”

Will you write the other books from Edward’s PoV?

“No. Not at all. This is it for Edward. Writing from his point of view makes me extra anxious. And the experience of writing this book was not a super pleasant one. So no, I wouldn’t want to do that — especially given that “New Moon” would just be a nightmare of depression and emptiness. I think this gives you enough of a sense of what it’s like to be Edward that you could go and look at the other books and you would know what’s going on in his head.”

What will you write next?

“I have, like, three candidates right now. I work on them occasionally. When “Midnight Sun” is out and that’s passed, then I’ll see which one is pulling me in. I’d like to do something in fantasy fantasy, where you have to have a map in the beginning of the book, but we’ll see if that’s the one that gets picked.”

 

For the whole article, visit The New York Times website.  

YouTube Live chat about Midnight Sun Quotes!

We chatted on YouTube Live tonight about the Midnight Sun quotes, speculating on where everything falls, what the quotes mean, and what we think about all the teasing Stephenie has done leading up to the release. You can rewatch it here. 

Exclusive Lexicon Quote from Midnight Sun

We have today’s fansite quote for you!

 

We’re excited to see where this falls in the story! We’ve had access to the previously released 11 chapters of Midnight Sun and this quote doesn’t fall in the material that was released. However, it obviously reads as a scene when Edward and Emmett are in class together. This leaves it to be a class time just before Edward and Bella go to the meadow on Saturday. 

Of course, the BIG question we have with this quote is… what did Emmett think about that upset Edward? My guess is that it’s about not being able to really touch Bella. We will all see how it fits into the story on August 4!

We will discuss this and all the other 17 released quotes tonight on YouTube Live at 8EST. 

Thanks to Fickle Fish Films and TheNovl for sponsoring the fansite quotes this week!

Midnight Sun Quote Week!

Every day this week, a different website will host a quote from Midnight Sun! 

Today, Hypable had this quote:

As much as I would have loved to get out of the truck and stalk up to the helpless duo – to lean over them, intimidating, close enough. That all the little signs of what I was would feel like they were screaming at the old man, to bare my teeth and snarl a warning in a voice that would sound anything but human, to watch his hair stand on end and hear his heart splutter with panic – I knew it was a bad idea.

To us, this clearly references the moment Edward brings Bella home and see Jacob and Billy on the porch.  

Tomorrow, UK Twilight will have a quote. Wednesday, Fangurlish will have the quote of the day. We will host a quote on Thursday! And TwilightMoms will round out the quote on Friday.  

We’re actually wondering if OhMyCarlise, Rosmelie, Tashopolis, TwlightersDream or XtineMay will getting quotes since they seem to have been following and posting Twilight related content much more than the rest of us! Still, we’re thankful for any and all content we can get to take our minds off the pandemic.  

We will be discussing the all the released Midnight Sun book quotes this Thursday night on YouTube Live at 8:00 EST. 

Midnight Sun Drive-In and Virtual Book Tour Update

Stephenie updated the information on her book tour for Midnight Sun. With all the social distancing rules changing moment by moment, this may change again in the next few weeks.  But as of July 20, here is what we know from Stephenie…

On Friday, August 7th I’ll be at the Skyline Drive-in Theatre in Shelton, WA with Ballast Book Company for a socially distanced, in-person Q&A followed by a screening of the Twilight film. *If all goes as planned, you’ll be able to ask me questions from your car and we can share some safe and masked fun.  Visit the Ballast Book Company site for details.  

On Saturday, August 8th the amazing bookstore, An Unlikely Story, will be hosting a Drive-in event with the Rustic Drive-In Theatre in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. I really wanted to be there in person, but travel restrictions are keeping me from attending. However, I will be there with you virtually and you’ll be able to ask all your Midnight Sun questions in real time via Instagram Live, and then watch the movie. Make sure you have Instagram on your phones! Visit the Unlikely Story website for details. 

There are also two virtual events hosted by Books a Million and Barnes and Nobel. 

Monday, August 10th
4:00 PM PT | 7:00 PM ET
BAM Virtual Event
Tickets: crowdcast.io/e/7mdhaol9/register

Friday, August 14th
4:00 PM PT | 7:00 PM ET
Barnes & Noble Virtual Event
Link: https://www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble/

Midnight Sun Book Tour

Midnight Sun CoverStephenie Meyer has announced that she plans to do two book events for Midnight Sun at drive in theatres. Read more about it on her website. 

Stephenie Meyer on Letters To…

Stephenie surprised some fans by doing a Q&A on Letters To…

Midnight Sun Sneak Peek and a Note

As promised, Stephenie Meyer has released a Midnight Sun sneak peek today at StephenieMeyer.com.

“From now until the Midnight Sun release on August 4th, every Tuesday and Friday we’ll be posting a quote from the book. And today, the 17th anniversary of the day I started writing Twilight, we’ll post the first. Enjoy. Be safe, stay healthy, and enjoy.”

She also shared several website links that focus on racial injustice and how you can help. While we enjoy this peek at Midnight Sun, let’s not ignore what’s going on in the world around us. We can and must do better to make change happen. Here are the links Stephenie shared today. 

“We can affect change in our homes and our communities. If you are looking for resources on education, advocacy, places to donate, or ways to help, please check out some of the links below. It’s a place to start.

The Obama Foundation is a wonderful resource for education on police violence and antiracism, ways to take action, and information on organizations that encourage reform.

The Cut has a very informative article called How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality. It details helpful ways to safely support protests right now.

Vote.org allows you to check your registration status, register to vote, and request absentee ballots. It also provides election Covid-19 information and a handy election protection guide.”