Snap Judgment: First chapter of 'Midnight Sun'

Twilight_l_2If you, like me, flew through the 768-page behemoth that is Breaking Dawn during the wee morning hours following its release, you probably have little left to temper your Cullen cravings until the big screen version of Twilight hits theaters November 21 (thank you, Harry Potter). Which is all the more reason I was so psyched to stumble upon the first chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s next book, Midnight Sun.

As any die-hard Twilighter can tell you, Midnight Sun is a retelling of the saga’s first book through the eyes of hunky vampire Edward Cullen. Meyer recently told that she’s 12 chapters into the novel, which Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke and star Robert Pattinson (pictured, with costar Kristen Stewart) used to help flesh out Edward’s persona in the film. I’ve gotta say, as much as I love the original Twilight story, I think I’m even more in love with the tale from Edward’s darker point of view.

But I shouldn’t call it simply Edward’s perspective, because as you know, the vamp’s ability to read other people’s thoughts provides easy access to everyone’s inner workings. We’re not only privy to Edward’s intense (and I mean INTENSE) struggle to not eat Bella, but we get a peek into the minds of the mysterious Cullens — from Jasper’s naughty yearning to devour a classmate in the cafeteria to Alice’s ongoing worries about her partner’s vegetarian fidelity. Edward’s voice in the novel is not only more nuanced and mature than high-strung Bella’s (perhaps his 107 years has something to do with that), but we get the added bonus of avoiding all the smoldering eyes/icy-cold granite-body talk.

What say you, PopWatchers? Have you had a chance to peruse the first chapter of Midnight Sun? Do you prefer the Twilight story from Bella’s or Edward’s perspective? Which scenes are you dying to see through Edward’s eyes? (I’m stoked for the fight scene!)

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  • T-Rex

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • Snarf

    Here’s hoping it comes out next year.
    I’ll be in full withdrawl by then no doubt.

  • Katelyn

    I’m so glad you wrote this article! I too am on the edge of my seat waiting for Midnight Sun, especially after a glimpse at the first chapter. Stephenie was write in saying that most of the story actually took place with Edward we missed out on a lot from Bella’s POV. I do think it makes it better that our hunk of a narrator has the ability to read everyone else’s mind, so essentially it’s like a million stories at once! I especially can’t wait for the first night Edward stays with Bella after he sparkles for her in the field and how desperate he’ll be to get to Bella once he gets the call from Alice in Phoenix telling him that Bella ran away from her and Jasper.
    It’s gonna be good……=)

  • Susana

    My heart started racing when I read this article because I’m so happy I’m not the only one jumping out of my seat for Midnight Sun. I’m rereading the whole saga now (on the 2nd round of Breaking Dawn) and I still can’t get enough. I’m dying to read the Meadow scene from Edward’s perspective. CAN’T WAIT!

  • Jenny P

    are you kidding me
    the first 12 chapters leaked btw
    I don’t know if you’re allowed to report on that, but you probably should know

  • Katie

    If the first twelve chapters are any indication, to quote the fantastic Tom Servo, this book (like the other Meyer failures) is going to blow.

  • Mike Jones

    The first 12 chapters were horrible. SMeyer just needs to stop now.

  • JMC

    I’m about halfway thru BD for the first time… Had to get over my initial reaction to spoilers, but I really like it now. I’m hoping for a few BD Edward outtakes, like she enjoys throwing out to answer FAQs.

  • Anonymous

    This is such old news. Why does PopWatch report on things so long after they happen and pretend like they discovered it?

  • Kayla

    Jenny P. where did the first twelve chapters leak?

  • JMC

    Honestly though, I can see why people don’t like the books (feminism, mormonism, etc), and I usually end up conceding to all of their points, then admitting: “Yep! And I like them all anyway!”

  • vanessa

    i think the first chapter’s amazing. it’s so refreshing to be able to look into edward’s mind, as it’s completely the opposite from bella’s.
    i’ve read the other 11 chapters and they are also as intense! i really can’t wait for this novel, even though breaking dawn just came out weeks ago.

  • Orlaah

    i know it was wrong to read it, i don’t know how it got leaked- but it was just TOO tempting!!
    It was just amazing.
    that is all

  • Dianna

    I thought it was horrible, actually. Made me like Edward even less and I never thought that was possible before. What is it about this series that as everyone so enamored? It’s misogynic, poorly written and complete tripe.

  • Raven_Moon

    I read the first chapter to “Midnight Sun” a while back & I’ve been obsessing about when the novel would be released ever since. I loved it! I dig the darker tone & I’m excited to get to spend more time with Edward. (Yeah, I’m a nerd.)

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