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A message from Stephanie Meyer to Twilight fans

Stephanie Meyer took to her website to post this message to fans about her Twilight journey and to address the most frequently asked questions regarding the twist in Breaking Dawn part 2.  Warning if you haven’t seen the movie, there are spoilers below:

Hi everyone. I hope you’re all coming back from a really fabulous Thanksgiving weekend, full of quality family time, too much delicious food, and restful tryptophan comas.

Two weeks ago, while doing press for Breaking Dawn 2, there were a lot of questions I wasn’t able to answer because I didn’t want to spoil the ending for anyone. I promised in a couple of interviews that I would post the answer to a specific question on my website once everyone had had a chance to see the movie. Now, if there is anyone reading this who hasn’t had a chance to see BD2 yet and really wants to remain unspoiled, please stop reading now.

***spoilers ahead***

The question, which I got frequently, was how I felt about having a big change inserted into the story during the final climax. My answer was that it didn’t feel like such a huge departure. For me, this moment is already in the book. However, we don’t get to see it in all its exciting and gory detail because we are seeing the world only through Bella’s eyes. A few of the reporters I talked to wanted to know where in the book this moment was hidden. The answer is page 738, fourth paragraph down:

“Aro stared into my eyes for a long, tense moment. I had no idea what he was searching for, or what he found, but after he had measured me for that moment, something in his face changed, a faint shift in the set of his mouth and eyes, and I knew that Aro had made his decision.”

In this short analysis, after Bella has revealed the depth of her power, Aro plays out in his head the probable outcome of a battle with the Cullens. Much like what we see in the movie, Aro foresees a more evenly matched fight than he had expected, the loss of too many of his key players, and—most unacceptable—the likelihood of his own death. Though odds are that the Volturi would have come out on top in the end, Aro wouldn’t have lived to see it and the unassailable nature of the Volturi’s authority would have been broken, possibly forever. It is this vision of the future—though imperfect guesswork on his part—that motivates his retreat.

Melissa Rosenberg and I have both mentioned the fateful dinner we had (back during the filming of Eclipse) where we hashed out a way to make the end of Breaking Dawn more cinematic. This was the idea we latched on to—how do we make this vision of Aro’s into something the viewer can experience? The answer was pretty simple once we looked at it that way—we already had a character who could show us visions. So the only real change to the book ending of Breaking Dawn is that Alice enters the scene earlier, and comes in contact with Aro.

(Are there a few little trespasses against the mythology in this vision? Yes, as some of you have pointed out. The consensus was that a minor deviation from what had been established was forgivable in the name of entertainment. I had a few very elaborate solutions, but they were too confusing and not nearly as cinematic as the final product. And obviously, the result was very entertaining.)

A few reporters asked me if I would have done anything different in the battle if I had written it; the answer is yes. Mainly, I would have killed more Cullens. I do think the Volturi would have won the day; as the talented players were taken out, in the end it would be brute strength that would determine the victor, and the Volturi have more soldiers and more experience. Of course, if we had offed Edward or something, it might have been too obvious that it was a vision sequence. In the end, when the vision was revealed, the reaction I heard in the two unsuspecting audiences I viewed it with was nothing but relief and enthusiasm. Kudos to Bill C for creating the perfect emotional response! He plays our heartstrings like a virtuoso.

It was really something to get to spend a little time with the fans at the BD2 events, and to watch the movie at the premiere with so many of them. It was the best experience I’ve ever had at a Twilight movie, and a perfect conclusion to my personal Twilight experience. I hope you also enjoyed the movie, and each other, for this last big bang. You, the readers and viewers, are the ones who have made this whole ten-year experience into something unbelievable and amazing, and I thank you so much for it. I hope I get to see some of you again in March (shameless The Host plug), because it makes me too sad to think that my relationship with my readers is ending, too.

Happy Holidays to you all, may the season be filled with good friends and good books!

Love,
Steph

 

  • http://twitter.com/JSWilsoncroft Jamie Wilsoncroft

    First off I want to say to Stephenie, THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING ADVENTURE!! Secondly, as an author myself, if there is one thing authors shouldn't do is force themselves to write, but I have to say this…for your loyal fans (myself included) finishing Midnight Sun would be the icing on the cake for the whole Twilight Saga. I truly love Edward and would be tickled pink to read his version. :)

  • Aki

    Hey Steph.. u are amazing… pls dont stop twilight saga and do finish Midnight Sun.. am dying to read through eyes of Edward. i dint mean to read the leaked copy but i cant hold it after 2 days. i love twilight.. Breaking Dawn part 2 end was amazing, actually no words to describe it. but i dont want it to be “The End”.

  • adrian

    I can't read Twilight without simultaneously reading the Midnight Sun draft. I would love to read more of the story from Edward's perspective. I enjoyed all the movies and the books. BD2 was amazing and a fitting end to the series. It's been a lot of fun, and I am sorry to see it end. I am sure none of us really know how much work it has really been for the actors and for Stephanie. Thanks! We do appreciate it :)

  • michael

    Stephanie…I truly loved your saga Twilight…it makes me a true believer that love conquerors all, at the end of the day, it will be right …..forever

  • Julia

    I have to agree with others and would love to read the completed Midnight Sun. Xxx

  • Luz Loyola

    I LOVE the ending. First, I was in shock and I was telling my friend “that doesn't happen in the book” but after I found out it was a vision, I thought it was brilliant. My daughter and her friends loved that twist too. I was also very excited when I saw The Host trailer. I enjoyed that book as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/krystal.crockeryork Krystal Crocker-York

    I would love to read the Midnight Sun book. . however i haven't caved and read it. . it would be nice to see the books from edwards point of view as i have heard. . .it would be a very nice addition to the saga.

  • EMILY

    PLEASE CONTINUE TWILIGHT I COULD NEVER GET ENOUGH OF IT

  • VJ

    please complete Midnight Sun. it would be great to see twilight ending in good succession. i feel its still incomplete.

  • Jen Shannie

    Loved every book and movie that came along….would totally love to finish reading Midnight Sun….I have read and re-read Midnight Sun and keeping hoping one day you'll finish it…you are an awesome and talented writer/author/inventor/user of imagination and dreams…

  • daphnie

    so..is there still another book?

  • Twilightforever

    I was so shocked when watching the battle scene. It was a moment where I just didn't whether I should scream or cry. All the fans would love if you could PLEASE write more Twilight books. Personally I would love to read Edward's perspective of New Moon.

  • Pamela

    Thank you for the amazing journey. You and Bill Condon and the entire cast did an awesome job. Sad to see it end.

  • Julie Smith, Florida

    you.are.amazing. THANK YOU

  • Sandra Poferl

    all you fans are sure hoping you will finish and publish Midnight Sun….Please, Please, Please.

  • Rhonda

    Hello Stephanie, I thought your twilight series was great. I too am a member of the church. I just wanted to let you know that you did an awesome job. I will always appreciate your work. Rhonda (Montana)

  • http://www.facebook.com/TwilightFan1986 Laura Dowell

    i agree with kelly plz plz plz plz plz plz!!!!

  • Arshman

    That is such a ridiculous statement. She should just admit she doesn't know how to write a proper action sequence. -.-

  • Laura F

    Une suite avec pour acteur principaux nessie et Jacob serais pas mal! Je suis sur qu'il y a moyen de faire quelque chose de formidable!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.graham2 Dawn Graham

    Well damn! I never realised that! Very cleaver :-) And just repeating what Kelly G says below. Please do finish Midnight sun! Id love to read the books from Edwards views! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE??? I am really upset that a few heartless people leaked the story and spoiled it for the rest of us REALLY twihard fans…
    I also just want to add that ive never read the piece of the story that was leaked. Id rathr wait and see if u bring it out then read it :-)

  • Sarah Milanovich

    I loved all of them. Thank you for sharing your dream with is and making it into something so powerful n wonderful. N please finish Midnight Sun!

  • Sarah Milanovich

    I loved all of them. Thank you for sharing your dream with is and making it into something so powerful n wonderful. N please finish Midnight Sun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gaelleetnoha Gaelledimitri NohaMaël KaïsLoa

    j adorerais lire une suite j'aimerais savoir ce que devienne renesmee jacob bella edward et toute la famille cullen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gaelleetnoha Gaelledimitri NohaMaël KaïsLoa

    j adorerais lire une suite j'aimerais savoir ce que devienne renesmee jacob bella edward et toute la famille cullen.

  • Sara of Sweden

    I watched the movie here, in Sweden, and it was this girl in the End of the vision that was kind of angry because it was just a vision! you got all of the People in the cinema to believe it. great work! and i just want to say thank you for a great experience in my life!

  • Sara of Sweden

    I watched the movie here, in Sweden, and it was this girl in the End of the vision that was kind of angry because it was just a vision! you got all of the People in the cinema to believe it. great work! and i just want to say thank you for a great experience in my life!

  • maz

    amazing film. loved it.. seen it sian many times now.. but please please please finish midnight sun. please.xxxxxxxxx

  • maz

    amazing film. loved it.. seen it sian many times now.. but please please please finish midnight sun. please.xxxxxxxxx

  • Kim

    I totally understand all the facination and depth of feeling towards Kristen, Rob and Taylor. But I think it is you Stephanie who created them who is totally amazing. Thank you. So looking forward to The Host!!! Loved the last movie, made me sit on the edge of my chair and got my adrenalin pumping. Was so relieved when I realised it was a vision!!!

  • Kim

    I totally understand all the facination and depth of feeling towards Kristen, Rob and Taylor. But I think it is you Stephanie who created them who is totally amazing. Thank you. So looking forward to The Host!!! Loved the last movie, made me sit on the edge of my chair and got my adrenalin pumping. Was so relieved when I realised it was a vision!!!

  • Hannah

    How was the shortness of both breaking dawn films justified. The book is amazing and many fans would have sat happily through 3 hours of each and more if necessary. I felt a bit shortchanged and missing real opportunities in both because they were around 20 minutes shorter than the other 3. Upset!

  • Laugh16

    I agree about midnight sun I would love to read the books from edwards perspective

  • bella

    i saw breaking dawn part 2 20 times

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meka68 Pamela Reid

    The Whole Twilight Saga was just amazing. I'm just sorry I didn't get to any of the premiers so that I could have met either yourself or some of the cast. The Books are amazing and I will be buying every single book that you write. I love your work and look forward to reading more.

  • Petya

    Thanks Stephanie for the wonderful books and films them! I am from Bulgaria, and on behalf of all her fans here hope the story does not end with Breaking dawn 2. We all expect to have a book about Jacob and Nessie! And of course a movie about them either! Let the love of your fans dadt incentive and energy to continue the saga! Thank you!

  • Umamah

    Thanx steph! Plz write sum more vampire stories
    love you <3

  • Crystal

    My 6 yr old niece cried so hard she threw up. She was so mad. Awesome wrk. Read the host. Sorry not as good .. Keep up w TWI it's awesome just like the little book about Bree. More please

  • Crystal

    My 6 yr old niece cried so hard she threw up. She was so mad. Awesome wrk. Read the host. Sorry not as good .. Keep up w TWI it's awesome just like the little book about Bree. More please

  • Ty

    MIDNIGHT SUN!!!!!!!! And a small wolfy entitled book for Jake and Nessie!!!!! Love you!!!!!!

  • Ty

    MIDNIGHT SUN!!!!!!!! And a small wolfy entitled book for Jake and Nessie!!!!! Love you!!!!!!

  • carolinecunningham

    I have been such a big fan of twilight i must be to have a draw full of twilight products

  • carolinecunningham

    I have been such a big fan of twilight i must be to have a draw full of twilight products

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.arboleya Kathy Arboleya

    I'm going to beg too….PLEASE finish Midnight Sun!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.arboleya Kathy Arboleya

    I'm going to beg too….PLEASE finish Midnight Sun!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Kroll/618812685 Laura Kroll

    Please go back and continue the story line. Most of us dont want to let go and as vampires their journey is just beginning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Kroll/618812685 Laura Kroll

    Please go back and continue the story line. Most of us dont want to let go and as vampires their journey is just beginning.

  • ramona roberts

    The twilight saga has been great. I am 48 and obsessed with it!!!! Don't know what I'm gonna do without it. It definitely changed my life!!! Thank you Stephanie Meyer!!!!

  • ramona roberts

    The twilight saga has been great. I am 48 and obsessed with it!!!! Don't know what I'm gonna do without it. It definitely changed my life!!! Thank you Stephanie Meyer!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.pitman1 Julie Pitman

    You definatley had the theatre I was in holding their breathes–this incluedes myself and my best friend. We were screaming NO NO NO in our heads. It was like one big sigh of relief when we realized it was a “vision”. Thank you so much for all the fun and entertainment both reading(and rereading) this series and getting to watch it as well. Please continue to write such wonderful stories.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.pitman1 Julie Pitman

    You definatley had the theatre I was in holding their breathes–this incluedes myself and my best friend. We were screaming NO NO NO in our heads. It was like one big sigh of relief when we realized it was a “vision”. Thank you so much for all the fun and entertainment both reading(and rereading) this series and getting to watch it as well. Please continue to write such wonderful stories.

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