As soon as I read Stephenie Meyer’s announcement that Midnight Sun was coming out in August, I pre-ordered it on Amazon so it would arrive on release day, August 4. Yesterday, I received an email from Amazon stating that it was being delayed and I wouldn’t receive it until Thursday. *firstworldproblems*
I called my local Barnes & Noble only to find out they had sold all their copies. I also looked online at Wal-Mart and Target and they were both out of stock. I decided to look at another Barnes & Noble and found out that one 30 minutes north of me had 5 copies left. I put one on hold and canceled my Amazon order. An hour later, I picked up my copy of Midnight Sun!
I’ve waited 12 years to read Edward’s story in its entirety. I’m so excited! I’ll be honest, though; I never thought this day was going to come. And, I felt really guilty about it because I was part of the leak that caused Stephenie to not want to finish and publish Midnight Sun.
My friends and I traveled to Forks in July 2008. (This was before the Twilight movie came out and caused so much craziness because of the intensity in the fandom. This was also before Breaking Dawn was released.)
One of my friends was from California and had connections. She somehow got a hold of the leaked Midnight Sun manuscript and brought it to Forks so our group could read it while we were there. And, honestly, I loved reading from Edward’s perspective and got caught up in the excitement of reading the contraband with my friends.
A few weeks after we came home, I saw someone (not part of my group) upload it to the Twilight Lexicon. It was taken down immediately, but the damage was done and it snowballed from there. Next thing I know, Stephenie posted her letter stating she was putting Midnight Sun on hold indefinitely and I felt awful.
It’s really weird to tell this story but I wanted to because I’m sorry everyone had to wait 12 years to read the whole story like I did. I’m sorry I was part of the reason and I hope the finished book is worth the wait!