Introduction: Midnight Sun

I was a latecomer to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Not much interested in popular trends, I didn’t pay attention to the buzz until the summer of 2010. I had lived in the Pacific Northwest for many years before becoming an expatriate. When I returned for a visit, the Twilight Phenomenon slapped me in the virtual face. I had to find out what it was all about.

Though not a member of its intended audience, teens and “tweens,” I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed Twilight. I found the characters engaging, the magic magical, and the environment comfortable and familiar (the latter even more so after seeing the Pacific Northwest filmed so beautifully in Director Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight movie).

On the back of the first Twilight paperback edition, Time magazine identified the key to the book’s remarkable, world-wide popularity: “People do not want to just read Meyer’s books; they want to climb inside them and live there.” Most unexpectedly, that’s what happened to me. After finishing the first novel, I was anxious to revisit the Cullens and their lives in Forks.

When I read New Moon, I was shocked to discover that vicariously bidding Edward goodbye set me sobbing; I cried again on his return. The film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, produced the same effect. I don’t recall ever crying over a novel and I can’t remember the last time I cried watching a movie.

I devoured Eclipse and then Breaking Dawn. By then, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was just entering movie theaters. I saw it immediately—then I saw it several more times. So I’d read and seen everything that was available (and had checked out the audio books from the library, as well) and found that I still missed my friends from Forks.

Then someone asked me if I had read Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer’s unfinished fifth novel. I hadn’t heard about it, but when I found it online, I happily reentered the Twilight world from Edward’s point of view, which diverged wildly from Bella’s. I was disappointed when it ended right before the iconic and pivotal meadow scene, which I daresay all Twilight fans love. I scoured the internet, looking for chapters Ms. Meyer might have released later or serious fan fiction that might fill the gap. No luck.

Eventually, it occurred to me that I could learn how Edward’s version of the story played out by writing it. Thus am I adding my piece to the vast collection of derivative fiction that is currently on the internet. Perhaps more than other writers, I took the challenge of  “finishing” Midnight Sun seriously and kept at it to the end.

I tried to maintain Ms. Meyer’s tone and writing style, with the caveat that Edward continued to develop (at least for me) as I wrote. No doubt my version of events varies drastically from what Ms. Meyer herself would write were she to finish the novel. I didn’t try to read her mind, though I did do lots of research. I wrote these chapters for myself, but realized that other Twilight fans might enjoy reading them too.

Midnight Sun parallels Bella’s story in Twilight, but is written from Edward’s point of view. This second half, which I call Midnight Sun: Part II,  is dependent upon Stephenie Meyer’s rough draft of the first half of Midnight Sun, which should be read first and is available on her website:

http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_partial_draft4.pdf

I hope you enjoy reading these chapters as much as I did writing them. Once again, I miss our fictional friends from Forks now that this tale is finished. I anxiously await Ms. Meyer’s next book, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, and the films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (I & II), as I’m sure you do too.

P.A. Lassiter

N.B. These chapters are based on characters created by Stephenie Meyer in Twilight, the novel. The title used here, Midnight Sun, some of the chapter titles, and all the non-interior dialogue between Edward and Bella are copyright Stephenie Meyer.

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17 Responses to Introduction: Midnight Sun

  1. Carolyn says:

    I found New Moon and am about to read it! I feel your versions is really just as good as Stephanie Meyer’s! So glad you wrote these!!! Love it!
    Carolyn

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  2. Carolyn says:

    THis was just awesome! Excellent writing and really felt you continued the character of Edward! I would love to read more did you write the other books in the head of Edward? I wish more authors would write in the head of the male I love to hear what they are thinking! Great job 😊

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    • PA Lassiter says:

      Thanks, Carolyn! All of the Twilight books are here on the website, plus a few extras, written in Edward’s point of view. Just check the menu at the top of any page of this website and you’ll find them. Here’s the link for New Moon, for example. -PAL

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  3. Misty says:

    I’m a really big fan of the twilight series. I was just as disappointed as other were when she had put MS on hold indefinitely I have yet to read your creations. I am looking forward to reading them and seeing what everyone is raving about.

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  4. CULLINAN says:

    It was only Twilight which led my interest in Hollywood . only to say it is an awesome series. Hopefully i should get a related dream as of Stephnie Meyer.

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  5. chaiti paul says:

    Twilight saga is awsome….The most beautiful thing is the relation between Edward & Balla…..thnx for ading me…i love to join this…

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  6. SS says:

    It was the same case with my friend. She would laugh at me when I said I liked the Twilight series. bu then, one day on a long drive she decided to open up Twilight because someone had forgotten it in her car…she was finished with Eclipse by the end of the weekend. I’m glad you loved the books and I’m glad she did too because it is so much more than a bunch of screaming fans. Its a romantic magical book. Thanks for filling in the missing pieces PAL!

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    • PA Lassiter says:

      You are so welcome! I’m happy that they’re adding to your experience of Twilight. I was surprised to discover how much I loved the books, as they’re not the type of books I ever read in the past. As you can see, though, I became enchanted like millions of other fans. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. PAL

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  7. there was another book called mid night sun by another person but it wasnt stefanie meyer and it was REALLY good and it wasnt the whole thing all over agai but only in edwards vision it was picked up where breaking dawn left Please help me find it it is on the internet somewhere

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  8. surbhi says:

    nice one sir.

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  9. Ileana says:

    After reading this it seems so funny how your story match mind. I became fan of the Twilight series last summer when my then nine year old daughter asked me to watch the movie with her because she was not sure she will be scare if she did alone. After watching the movie that I rented I could not wait to see it again, so we did about ten times until I went to the store to get New Moon, by then the previous of Eclipse were out and I decided to purshased the books. I went through all of them in five days. I read them four times more. I then watched Eclipse about ten times. Sometimes I went by myself to be able to grasp every detail. Since then I purshased all three movies and also have them recorded on my DVR. I was browsing around on the web when I went to Stephenie Meyer’s web site and read about Midnight Sun. I never heard of it and I was dissapointed about her not finising it since after reading it, I found myself loving Edward’s point of view a lot better than Bella’s. That is until I finished the last page that I was begging for more and I found a link to this site that someone commented about your finished version. I must said it is great and I might think you are Stephnie Meyer undercover because your finished chapters are really good and gave me a lot of satisfaction to my hopeless addition to this story. I am fourty years old and I embarassed my daughter with my behavior, she said ” Mom come on” everytime she come to my room and see me watching the movies. I admmited,I am a fan. Thank you for finishing Midnight Sun for us, we appreciate it.
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    • palassiter says:

      I’m really glad you enjoyed it and that it felt like it fit with the first half of Midnight Sun. That was my goal. A lot of fan fiction strays really far from the original and I don’t enjoy those stories as much. I started Midnight Sun, Part II, last August, so it has been nearly a year. When I re-read it now, it seems almost new again, which is fun. Regards, PAL

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