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Friday, September 5, 2008

Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight, puts Midnight Sun on hold

Best selling author, Stephenie Meyer, put Midnight Sun on hold due to a copyright issue. A trusted friend posted the unfinished companion piece to Twilight on the Internet. Meyer unhappily stated, “With writing, the way you feel changes everything. If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story.” Fans may have to wait for Edward Cullen’s version of the vampire story.

58 comments:

Heather Henderson said...

I think that is stupid because not everybody would have read what was posted on the internet. So i think that she should write the book and publish it anyway for the people who did not read what was posted on the internet

Jennifer Gallman said...

I agree...I was late to all of the hype of Twilight so I am just getting through New Moon. I haven't read anything on the internet because I didn't want to come across any spoilers. I think she should write it anyway; however, as an aspiring writer, I wish people could respect the wishes of the author.

TMM said...

SOUNDS LIKE SHES IN A DEPRESSED MOOD AND FEELS IF YOU ARE A TRUE FAN OF HER WRITING YOU WILL READ IT ANYWHERE.

Mrs. Layne said...

I completely support Meyer's decision. Her property was basically stolen by a trusted member of her circle. Her decision to discontinue the novel is her personal way of coping with this violation. She is not trying to punish her faithful readers but merely trying to deal with her outrage and the injustice of the situation. As an artist, she is part of her work. It is not as if she can just get over it, move on, and finish the book. She has to mourn the loss of part of her that was stolen before she can proceed--if indeed she ever can.

jonathonbrackett said...

i think that she has a right to her writings and should decide how and when to release them, but at the same time, a pre-release of the book would also increase the hype of the release. this is so because the released part was only a prototype and not the final draft, which would interest readers who have read it to see the final draft. also i have read the first chapter on her website, and honestly, i don't think it will be as good as the others.

TMMM said...

IF SHE THINKS ANYTHING OF HER FANS SHE WOULD FINISH THE BOOK. AND IF SHE IS SO UPEST ABOUT SOMEONE ELE WRITING IT THERE ARE LAWYERS.

Mrs. Layne said...

While a pre-release of a book can build hype, the pre-release should be planned, well-executed and the CHOICE of the author. Furthermore, negatively judging the book by this pre-release is perhaps just one more example of the damaging effects of copyright violation. This was a rough draft.

Mario said...

I think Stephenie Meyer should not publish Midnight Sun because somebody in her circle stole her property.

eric said...

i think she should write it to encourge other to read

marcus fenix said...

I think that she should publish it drespite the fact that her work was stolen

Branden said...

Isac Asimov (writer of I Robot), had a masters degree in physics, and was a critically aclaimed author. His three best known science fiction series are a must read. They are his Robot series, Galactic Empire Series, and his most famous of all his Foundation series. The Robot series which takes place in Earth's distant future incorperates a lot of elements of a mystery novel. His Galatic Empire novels have some elements of a mystery novel but also a good deal of elements of an action novel. His Foundation series are the best of all, but be sure to read them in order of the Robot novels Galatic empire, and then Foundation since they all have ties in to the past series. I strongly recomend reading some of his works.

Briosha said...

While I can understand that Ms. Meyer is upset with the betrayal of trust she has just been through, I feel that it would be unfair to punish her fans for what has happened. Maybe if she took some time to cool down from the situation, she would be able to end her book in a less um... violent manner. I'm sure that even if she has had fans to already read the pre-release of the book, her truest fans, as there are many hardcore fans of the series, will still buy the book after its true release to read it through to the end.

Jasmine said...

I think she should feel betrayed because of the crime that was done to her but her book is beyond her now because of its popularity and she should write it the right way because of her responsiblity to her fans

jonathonbrackett said...

what ms. layne said is right, but even though it is a rough draft, it is still a pre-release. also, other writers/screen-writers have their works leaked to the internet, and they don't make as big a fuss as ms. meyer. with the already released 7th Harry Potter book, people got their hands on copies before the release date, and endings were released on the internet. scripts for movies can be found on the internet, but i am unsure if they were intentionally put there or not. either way, i beleive that this "pre-release" will up the sells of Midnight Sun, and get readers interested in Twilight, which is Bella's story, the inverse of Midnight Sun, which is Edward's story.

Twilighter said...

I think that she should publish Midnight Sun. So what if it was leaked out. The book was not finished in the first place. That is all about being a writer. She does not need to have a hissie over this. It was her fault to give the copies out before she was finished with writing the story. It was not the fans fault!!!

Mrs. Layne said...

While Twilighter does make a point that we all have to move on, perhaps Ms. Meyer has not had time to achieve closure after this recent, painful betrayal. Furthermore, in her present state, I would suggest that she IS thinking of her fans by not just releasing a mediocre version that is not her best work. Until she can heal her damaged creative muse, she is choosing to put her fans first by refusing to present them with less than her best.

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Twilighter said...

Mrs. Layne has some good points, but if she had trustworthy friends this would have never happened in the first place...The leak would not have happened. The book could be finished and Edwards point of view would be published. This is her fault, she should not have gave the rough draft to any of her friends. Just finish the story, so what if it is not her best work. She can write another in Jacob's eyes..Or maybe write a ending to what has happened to Nessie..

Jennifer Gallman said...

It is not her fault that someone is so immature to steal her material...She trusted her friends to read her story and give her honest feedback and criticism. Stephanie Meyer is in no way responsible; however, this has surely taught her not to let anyone read her material again.

PrettyRaveGirl'sLover said...

Well If you think aAbout it Meyers has to deal with more parts of the movie and the fact the there might be more to come out so its no surprise that she would put the book on hold that is just what i think.

TMM said...

KILL THE CULLENS !!!! STORY FINISHED

chris said...

i think thats stupid theres as much of a chance as you going to mcdonalds ordering a big mac and they get it right i think she can't stop shes done to many

jonathonbrackett said...

to be honest i would rather see it from jacob's point of view. also i still think she should write it, because all of her loyal fans would be angry because they are missing out on another book by her. atleast she hasen't seen any death threats from fans, like the person who delayed the harry potter movie. also, she is just overreacting, to be technical, she can't kill off the cullens, because that would be changing the original story, which would kind of be interesting because that would be changing the series.

emily said...

It is meyer's decision to postpone the book and I agree with her. once she has grieved over its loss
she can continue with the series and true fans won't care about the unfinished version or the postponed release date. I also agree with heather and jennifer, not everybody, including me, has read the internet version.

Jennifer Gallman said...

I agree with Jonathan...she cannot kill off the Cullens...it would pretty much negate the first three novels. If I read the new book, and she did kill the Cullens, I would not want to reread Twilight. There would be no hope left.

TMM said...

WHY NOT JUST LET THE WHOLE FAMILY MOVE TO SOME THIRD WORLD COUNTRY SO THEY CAN BE WITH SOME OTHER FREAKS AND END THE STORY THERE.

Branden said...

I agree with her dicision partialy. She should be mad but punishing everyone for a leak of a couple pages when most wouldn't see it. However is a bit rediculous to put it on hold indefinately. I hope she does decide to continue to write it later.

Sarah Gardner said...

I have loved reading all of the books in the series and was excited to hear about a book from Edward's perspective. I really want her to release this book regardless of what's happenend.

Branden said...

when I get a chance I guess I need to read the series =p been meaning to for a while

kirbytate said...

i think this whole thing is stupid...i think she is just being over dramatic...and obviously likes being involved in drama...personally speaking i think she just wants the attention and sympathy from her unique(to say the least) followers...and yes i intend for it to sound like some sort of cult

kirbytate said...

in addition to my previous comment...i believe that perhaps meyer has writers block and maybe the first draft was shoddy...and by fishing for sympathy her faithful followers whom do so blindly will forgive her subpar sequel(or however it is spelled)...this whole thing is a publicity stunt to excite her cult of followers

kirbytate said...

and also you will find and clearly notice that i do not reference any of the material specifically and that is because i have not read any of the twilight series...and even though i doubt i would have to begin with...it is certain that i will not after this...because i refuse to be part of the cult(most of the commenters on this page...with exception of a few...namely myself...and come on who makes there display name Twilighter...come on!)

jonathonbrackett said...

well kirby, not everybody is in a cult. i myself am not, but i can't vouch for everybody on the page, (mrs. layne). and have you even read the books, if you havn't then you have no right to accuse us of being in a cult. also you should read the books if you haven't. they are good, except the fouth one which is a little dissapointing in the end. once you have read the books, come back and we can argue some more. if you have, then good. and if you still think that way then you must not like them, so don't throw out incorrect comments just because you can't find a good book.

Jennifer Gallman said...

I completely agree with Jonathan. Do not critique a book or its readers if you have not even read the book. We are not a cult; we are readers who know a good book.

Twilighter said...

Kirby, I think you were very bored last night and just wanted someone to argue with. Get a life and read the series. For you information Twilighter is a great name. Who would name someone Kirby after the little pink star warrior. Read the series Kirby..

Mrs. Layne said...

Mr. Tate makes some brash remarks regarding both the author and readers of the Twilight series. At once describing readers as "unique" and "cultish", the blogger seems to contradict his own statements. Consider the definitions of both:

unique--existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics

cultish--of, for, or attracting a small group of devotees

As a result, Mr. Tate negates his own argument.

Furthermore, Mr. Tate seems to take personal offense at both the author and the readers. His rants are dripping in negativity, sarcasm and skepticism. While he describes the author's actions as attention-seeking, self-serving, and created for dramatic appeal, perhaps Mr. Tate is only reflecting his own agendas and life views in his judgment of others.

And as for Mr. Brackett and his insidious hints of my personal affiliation with a cult, let me assure all that I am unique, one- of-a-kind and certainly do not follow the group!

Good try guys!

Jennifer Gallman said...

Way to Go Mrs. Layne!!!!!

JesseMoody said...

I believe that Mrs. Layne is using the same logic as a person that say that an actor is good and or evil because what she or he plays.

Meyer, not to insult her work, is simply behaving like a kid who had her hair pulled and runs around pulling others hair. She is putting her personal whims over her readers best interest.

Did Mcnabb and Owens decide to not play football because they don't like eachother? NO. They didn't even take a break. Boo-hoo, someone revealed her work. Some of the readers she is writing are in much worse situations than her. Should they quit their jobs for a bit till they feel all happy again.

Not saying this would detract from her writing at all. Many writers experience their best writing after a tragic event.

To quote "all about eve", "You don't see how you can just go on? Eve, you'll have the performance of your life"

Acting this way isn't going to make anything better.

Jennifer Gallman said...

I don't think anyone will understand how Meyers feels unless you are a writer. You don't know what it feels like to work a year on something and have it ripped out from under you.

kirbytate said...

jonathon brackett and jennifer gallman...
to use what yall said...
you have no right to criticize me if you havent read my comments.
i clearly and blatantly stated that i have NOT read the books.
however i have NOT said any thing about the context of the books. However from reading the comments on here i have more than enough to accuse yall of being a cult. besides how would reading the book give me knowledge as of to decide whether or not its readers are cultist???
and mrs. layne
would you not agree that the followers of the Paradise Island cult or the followers of Ted Bundy and Charles Manson were normal people? i think not...you would label them as weird, strange, and unique. and also just by providing a dictionary definition to try and befuddle or debunk the clear arguments i am making is not necessarily the best method simply because the words and the way that words are used in everyday vernacular do not always follow the definitions found in the dictionary. would you not agree with that?

kirbytate said...

"Cults use sophisticated mind control and recruitment techniques that have been refined over time. Beware of thinking that you are immune from cult involvement, the cults have millions of members around the world who once thought they were immune, and still don't know they are in a cult! To spot a cult you need to know how they work and you need to understand the techniques they use. Teaching you these things is what this article is all about."
this came from http://www.howcultswork.com/
yall should be more on this website...some interesting stuff

JesseMoody said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzIM4GGS1pI

Jennifer Gallman said...

Kirbytate...in my comment, I said that you should not criticize people for loving a book when you haven't read it--how do you know that you WOULDN'T like the book if you read it? Why don't you try reading it first before you disregard the readers as a cult--that's just plain silly--

JesseMoody said...

"try first"

If that logic was used, we should've all tried some Helter Skelter or David Koresh.

But i think the main point he's trying to make is not that it is a cult, but that many of her fans are glorifying her actions as a martyr of a great and terrible sin, and she should in fact act this way.

And regardless of whether any of us are writers or not, I don't think any of us are political leaders, so do we not get the right to criticize the president or the government as well?

JesseMoody said...

and cults aren't always evil.

Here's a Merriam Webster definition

an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.


I think this probably qualifies.

Jennifer Gallman said...

I cannot believe that people are seriously calling a group of readers a "cult"--this is beyond silly--

JesseMoody said...

i believe i'm in a cult.

Watch A Democratic or a republican convention

Mrs. Layne said...

While I question the relevancy of the discussion of cults in relation to this topic altogether, I do want to address Mr. Tate's research techniques as it relates to cults. Mr. Tate has suggested that we consider the following website: http://www.howcultswork.com/

Always eager to learn from our students, I took a moment to analyze the information provided on this website. What I discovered was disappointing. When evaluating the legitimacy of websites, readers must consider the source. What is the motivation of the authors' of the site? Unfortunately, this site lacked information regarding the credentials of the authors among other significant oversights. Thus, one cannot assume that the information presented is without bias or even accurate for that matter. In education, we strive to encourage students to consider the source and think for themselves in the process of becoming lifelong learners. That being said, in general, look for websites that are sponsored by nonprofits (.orgs or .govs). Also, consider using Discus databases such as Opposing Viewpoints linked to the Media Center website. These sites will provide more credible, well-rounded views for truly thoughtful information evaluation.

kirbytate said...

jesse moody happens to be the only person that understood why i said cult...i knew that the word cult would excite emotion...and all was trying to say was that her fans are indeed overreacting to this publicity stunt...and they are trying to glorify meyer...
THANK YOU JESSE MOODY!!!
and as for the credibility thing...its too bad that these fine people can't see the paper that you presented me with on copyrights...if that clipart decorated sheet was credible then my website should also be considered legit.
and there are very few places were there are unbias literature...with exception of pure facts.
even in encyclopedias there are often some sort of: "good", "better than", "one of the best" language.
but i do agree that the website probably was not the most legit of websites...but i did like the quote that i copied and pasted...
and i would like to remind everyone that this is all in good fun for me...i just like to argue and share my opinions...i am not trying to start a war over something as silly as a book

Mrs. Layne said...

Something to think about.

From Harvard Professor John Palfrey

"I'm completely convinced that the answer in the long-term sense is to encourage kids to be in the posture of a creator themselves," Palfrey said. "You get kids to say 'What is it like to take some content from somebody else? Once they get in a posture of being an artist, which so many kids are on a daily basis in some respects, I think there is great promise in their willingness to empathize with creators when they are creators themselves."

Available online at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10043714-93.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

JesseMoody said...
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JesseMoody said...

I don't think this is a debate on whether or not she is wronged any more than whether or not she is the leader of a cult.

It's whether her action of suspending the book is justified by said wrong.


And I still say no.

JesseMoody said...

and along with Kirby, I mean no disrespect to any dorman students, faculty, and staff.

After all this is only my opinion; I don't claim to be the most knowledgeable person in this conversation.


If my statements are treated simply as they are, opinion, then I will do my best to respond with the same courtesy.

Sue Fitzgerald said...

Well said Jesse. I've been very impressed with many of the blog comments:)

Jennifer Gallman said...

Okay...in an attempt to move this conversation away from the "cult" opinions...if anyone has not read Breaking Dawn, there are spoilers below

I am halfway through Breaking Dawn. When I started reading it, I was so excited to see their wedding and their honeymoon; however, I do feel that Meyers may have rushed the story along. I wanted more of Edward and Bella finally being able to be together before she got pregnant. Don't get me wrong, I love that she was able to conceive, but after three books, I wanted more time for Bella and Edward to enjoy being married. It just seems like Meyers forced the story, to me, anyway. I love her writing style and her dialogue, and I wanted more conversation between Edward and Bella before a baby entering the picture. How about everyone else?

marcusfenix said...

Why hasnt this site been recently updated the Mellow Mushroom contest over the summer is still taking place

Kay said...
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Kay said...

I loved the book it was the best. I liked the movie better, cause you now can put charater to face and itz better to see when rad the other books.

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