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Twilight saga extended

Stephenie Meyer writes a new Twilight novella from the perspective of another character; releases it before the movie Eclipse.

books Updated: Jun 09, 2010 15:29 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

Forget fans, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s own fascination with her characters doesn’t seem to fade. Twi-hards will now get a glimpse into the saga from the perspective of Bree, a character who was introduced in the third book of the Twilight series, Eclipse.
The novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, has just been released worldwide on June 5, while the movie Eclipse is expected to hit theatres by the end of the month. About 40,000 hardback copies of the book have been brought to India, as part of its first print run, by the publisher Hachette.

The book narrates the story of Bree, a newborn vampire, and the dark world that she is a part of. Most fans will agree that Bree was sketched as a victim of circumstances in the book, Eclipse. Though Meyer calls this novella a gift to her fans, the obvious question that comes to one’s mind, is what purpose can the book serve?

Meyer writes in her blog: “I began this story a long time ago — before Twilight was even released…. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree’s perspective… and what it was like to be a newborn.”

However, Thomas Abraham, managing director of Hachette India, feels the concept will work: “It’s a part of the saga. And one must not forget that this book was written specifically as a thank you gesture to its fans.”

Meyer was also supposed to write another book through Jacob’s eyes, but Abraham denies the news: “An alternate perspective was underway, but that idea was withdrawn after the book was leaked on the Internet.”

Even though this novella can be legally read on the Web, it cannot be downloaded, thus the publishers don’t feel it will affect the sales that much. “It is available to read online, but not to copy or download. Die-hard fans will buy it to own it. Rs 595 (almost half the UK cover price of £12, which comes to Rs 823) for the hardback is a great price for a collectible,” Abraham logics.

The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold to nearly 50 countries and over 100 million copies have been sold worldwide till date.

What’s the story?
It tells the story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in the third book of the Twilight series, Eclipse. It shows the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, Meyer tells the story of Bree and the newborn army, as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens.