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Entertainment Saga "Twilight": twelve years after the leak of Stephenie Meyer's manuscript, "Midnight Sun" is released in bookstores

18:25  05 august  2020
18:25  05 august  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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In 2008, the first chapters of the novel being written are published on the internet, unbeknownst to the author. The latter, frustrated, puts the project on hold. This Wednesday, August 5, the full text is released in bookstores.

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Twilight fans have been waiting for twelve years: Midnight Sun, the latest volume in the best-selling saga of the American Stephenie Meyer, arrives today in French bookstores. In 2008, a draft of the first twelve chapters of the novel had leaked on the internet, angering the author and the suspension of the project.

As readers discovered in 2008, the novel revisits Fascination, the first volume of the Twilight saga, with the perspective of the main male character, the tormented and mysterious Edward Cullen. Fascination, as well as the three parts that follow it, tells the romance between this century-old vampire, frozen at the age of 17, and a human, Bella Swan. The four volumes of the series are originally told through the eyes of this American high school student, who overnight sees her world populate with supernatural creatures.

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The series, published between 2005 and 2008 then adapted to the cinema, marks at the time the literary genre "young adult" ("young adult" in English). "With more than 155 million books sold worldwide in more than 49 languages, Twilight has established itself as the worldwide bestseller of the 2000s," says Hachette, the French publisher of the saga, on its site.

"Springboard" for a new generation of

readers In the United States, just one day after its publication on August 4, Midnight Sun is already at the top of sales on the Amazon platform. In France, his publishing house also hopes "a great success in bookstores". "We made a first printing of 75,000 copies", explains Cécile Térouanne, editorial director of Hachette Romans. "Then, we very quickly reprinted 20,000 copies to meet the demand of booksellers," she continues. It is still less than in the United States, where a million copies have already been printed, against 300,000 in Great Britain, reports the Guardian . It must be said that the expectation has been strong since the announcement of the publication, on May 4, which in the process put the Stephenie Meyer's site out of service. In France, "in view of the pre-orders on online bookstore sites, we are up to a Levy or a Musso", estimates Cécile Térouanne.

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Midnight Sun has arrived!

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For the editorial director, this new volume could to be a "springboard" to allow new readers to discover the saga. "It lends itself to that because the story is told from the perspective of Edward, who is a darker, tortured character. It's a vibe that is more in keeping with our time and could convince a generation that has read The Hunger Games. ", post-apocalyptic saga for adolescents. The almost simultaneous release of the original version in English-speaking countries and of the French translation was, moreover, an "imperative". "If we do not quickly publish the French version, this 'young adult' audience risks turning to the original version", explains the editor. She evokes the "challenge" represented by this publication at a run and under high security. This time, there was no way the manuscript was leaking. "We were only a handful to have read it before publication and no copies were lying around the offices," she explains.

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"A galley" to write for Stephenie Meyer

If this book is so eagerly awaited by fans, it is because it almost never saw the light of day. In 2008, the saga is in full swing in terms of popularity: the four volumes that compose it are publishing successes that reach the whole world and the first opus, Fascination, arrives in theaters, with Kristen on the bill. Stewart (Bella) and Robert Pattinson (Edward).

The same year, the first twelve chapters of the Midnight Sun manuscript went live and Stephenie Meyer shared her anger on her website. “I didn't want readers to find out about Midnight Sun until it was finished, edited and published. I think it's important for everyone to understand that what happened was a violation of my rights as a that an author, not to mention me as a human being ", denounces . The project is then paused "indefinitely".

"Back then, it was tough. Nobody wants a rude draft to be published and subjected to criticism," recalls the author in a recent interview published in the columns of the New York Times . Stephenie Meyer recounts the difficult conclusion of this project, twelve years after the incident. "It was a huge hassle to write," she says. "With some of my books, it was as if they wrote themselves (…) For this one, every word was a test." The main reason: the "scary" character of Edward's character, which affected the morale of the writer. It is also formal, there will be no next volume from the point of view of this character.

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