Eclipse Spinoff in the Works
03.30.10 by REELZ
Bella and ... Bree? In one of the best-kept Twilight Saga secrets to date, author Stephenie Meyer today announced on her site that she has another book about to be published — The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella.
Think we're kidding about the best-kept secret part? Meyer's post includes a photo of Jodelle Ferland, who plays Bree in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, next to "the bucket of waterlogged ashes that were once the pages of her copy of the Bree manuscript."
Meyer also shares many details about how the book came into being and the important role it played in the making of Eclipse.
This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.
At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.
Meyer also talks about how this "short story" she created, which ended up being 192 pages when typeset, became a stand-alone book in an exclusive interview with USA Today, along with providing more details about its plot.
There's only so much stuff you can tell when what Bella sees and hears is all you can tell....
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is pretty much contained in the last week of the newborns' existence before the big fight (between the Cullens and the vampire army) in the meadow in Eclipse. It's the last week before Bree dies.
Right now, there's no way to pre-order the book. But, rest assured, another midnight release is planned. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella will go on sale at 12:01 AM on Saturday, June 5. Which means not only will fans get a second opportunity for a Twilight party in June (the first being the movie's release on June 30), but they'll have a weekend to read the novella straight through.
Unfortunately, there's still no word on whether Midnight Sun — the on-hold draft of the Twilight story told from Edward's perspective — will ever make it to publication.