A decade and a half ago, a phenomenon was born. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, a YA novel about a clumsy girl and her undead boyfriend, hit shelves in 2005 (and the big screen in 2008) and changed the landscape, bringing on a new wave of supernatural romance, ushering in the era of global digital fandom, and inspiring a lot of racy fan fiction (some of which you might have heard of).
Now, 12 years after the publication of series closer Breaking Dawn, Meyer has released the long-awaited Midnight Sun, which she first teased in 2008 but then shelved, much to fans’ dismay, in 2011 after early chapters leaked. The fifth novel in the saga, Midnight Sun is a retelling of 2005’s Twilight from the perspective of Edward Cullen, the dreamy, broody, sparkly-in-the-sunlight vampire and object of human teenager Bella Swan’s undying affection. The new novel hits the familiar beats — falling in love at school, glittering in a sunny meadow, introducing her to the family, rescuing her from an evil vampire, tricking her into going to the prom — and is billed not as a sequel but a Twilight companion novel.