Thursday, September 04, 2008

Author's Revenge?!

If you think Breaking Dawn is the last of the Twilight Saga, then let me inform you that's it's not. Sort of. Midnight Sun, the fifth book of the series is not actually a sequel but the same story but from a different perspective. It's Edward's version of Twilight.

Bad news though, Stephenie Meyer's initial drafts of the the manuscript has leaked out in the internet and she's really upset about it she decided to put on hold writing the book...

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August 28, 2008

As some of you may have heard, my partial draft of Midnight Sun was illegally posted on the Internet and has since been virally distributed without my knowledge or permission or the knowledge or permission of my publisher.

I have a good idea of how the leak happened as there were very few copies of Midnight Sun that left my possession and each was unique. Due to little changes I made to the manuscript at different times, I can tell when each left my possession and to whom it was given. The manuscript that was illegally distributed on the Internet was given to trusted individuals for a good purpose. I have no comment beyond that as I believe that there was no malicious intent with the initial distribution.

I did not want my readers to experience Midnight Sun before it was completed, edited and published. I think it is important for everybody to understand that what happened was a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being. As the author of the Twilight Saga, I control the copyright and it is up to the owner of the copyright to decide when the books should be made public; this is the same for musicians and filmmakers. Just because someone buys a book or movie or song, or gets a download off the Internet, doesn't mean that they own the right to reproduce and distribute it. Unfortunately, with the Internet, it is easy for people to obtain and share items that do not legally belong to them. No matter how this is done, it is still dishonest. This has been a very upsetting experience for me, but I hope it will at least leave my fans with a better understanding of copyright and the importance of artistic control.

So where does this leave Midnight Sun? My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn't like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. 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. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely...

--Stephenie

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The rest, you can read here...

You evil people out there! Why did you have to do that?! Now we have to wait longer!

2 comments:

Vannie said...

hey conci!

i love that gown too, its by vivienne westwood. similar siya dun sa ni-post ko hehehe.

so anyway, did you like breaking dawn? if ever there's gonna be a fifth book, i'd still read it. hahaha/

Blairbitch said...

oh no, not the vivienne westwood... one of her gowns during the photoshoot...

trying to look for it nga eh... not sure if it's gaultier...

i like breaking dawn. took me longer than usual to read it though. by the way, manuscript of the 5th book around 9 chapters i think, in her site.

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