Midnight Sun
Stephenie Meyer
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Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  122,975 ratings  ·  8,601 reviews
Midnight Sun is the much anticipated retelling of Twilight from Edward Cullen's perspective. An unedited partial draft was illegally leaked onto the internet in 2008; consequently, author Stephenie Meyer put the project on indefinite hold.

Shortly afterward, she posted a letter to her fans on her website including a link to the entire partial draft of the book so that thos...more
ebook, 264 pages
Published August 28th 2008
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Steph Sinclair

About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a stalker and a creeper. Second, there was part of him — and I didn't know how potent that part might be — that suffered from Manic Depression. And third, I was strangely and unashamedly entertained by it all.

I know what you are probably doing. Right now, you may have your head cocked to the side with your eyes squinted, wondering if you read that last part correctly. I will repeat: I was entertained. First, let me clear the air. I...more
Sparker Pants
OH. MY. DEAR. SWEET. . .I don't even know, honestly. After reading Twilight I could kinda see how Edward the sparklepire could be appealing to teenage girls in his prissy diamond way, but after I read this? This pretty much reads as the Future Abusive Boyfriends of America Handbook.

Oil her window so you can sneak into her room at night without her permission! Force her to spend time with only you, isolating her from friends and family! YOU ARE NOT DONE WITH HER YET!!!

I was so creeped out. I ma...more
If only..... she would complete this....
If only..... all the books would be composed from his point of view....
If only..... all men would adore their woman as much as Edward adores Bella....

Loved it!

This is a yet-to-be-completed partial draft of a novel portraying Twilight from Edward's perspective. I have read (more like devoured) the 264 pages that Stephenie Meyer posted on her website. I love them, flaws (which were not too many considering it's a rough draft) and all. It would be really disappointing if Edward's story ended where it does. He was always the most intriguing character to me, and the story thus far explains so much of his words and actions that puzzled me before. It's a bon...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
Aug 30, 2013 UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Twilight Fans!
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... by: Found it on Stephenie Meyers Website

Midnight Sun is Twilight, from Edwards perspective.

I am one of the rabid fans who couldn't resist reading this partial draft of Midnight Sun even though Stephenie Meyer would have preferred we not. ***hanging my head in shame****... but not really. I am being totally honest when I say that I loved this partial draft as much, if not more, than Twilight.

When reading Twilight, I often thought Edward was arrogant and insensitive but that is absolutely the furthest thing from the truth - He's actua...more
Apr 19, 2014 Lynne rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: read it for lulz
Recommended to Lynne by: found it online
I can't believe she thought she could get away with it. The same damn book, especially once the boy and the girl get together. Ooh! Read it side-by-side with Twilight and get Meyer's bad dialogue in stereo! And with no change of voice whatsoever even though the narrator has changed. As I've said in my other reviews, Meyer cannot write. We do get a little more information on the Cullens, but any character development (Rosalie especially) that may have happened in the first four books is forgotten...more
Sep 18, 2008 Sandee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all the hopeful romantics I know!
I typically stay as far away from romance novels as I can but I got "bitten" (okay ... bad pun) by the Twilight Series. I started reading them because I needed a book-fix after the last Harry Potter book (may the Harry Potter series rest in peace). The first in the Twilight series, appropriately named "Twilight", is pretty good but not Stephenie Myer's best writing. With each addition in the series, her writing gets better and better. I read the last book and started getting geared up for the mo...more
Jan 23, 2009 Rebekah rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Read the first 11 or so chapters Meyer posted on her website. Just as bad as the rest. Edward seems pretty delusional about Bella and her non-existent personality and he's even more creepy from his own point of view. Spying on her while she's sleeping and reading and who knows what else....if it was supposed to be and acknowledged as creepy and slightly wrong I wouldn't have a problem with it. But apparently Meyer thinks it's perfectly normal and acceptable for teenage boys to stalk young girls...more
Sep 12, 2008 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: obsessive sicko fans like me
Can't get enough of Edward's hissy, snarly, growly velvet honey voice? Bella's "selflessness"? The thirst, the infernal burning thirst? Multi/one-dimensional characterizations (Esme's tenderness, Rosalie's vanity, and even dear old Edward--who graduates in this draft from paper to origami but still retains his (delightfully) tiresome diet-Byron shtick)? Wonder what that waitress was really thinking when she delivered those mushroom raviolis?

Boy, do I have a book for you.
Dec 21, 2008 Honor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Twilight fans, and some of the less-than-thrilled.
For my money, this book has the potential to be the rock solid best of the series.

A lot of Rob Pattinson's lovely portrayal of Edward might be attributable to his having read it beforehand, and I think it does a good job of illustrating some of the things I've been saying in defense of the things about Edward that other feminists find creepy at best...

The real problem they're not able to see past is that Edward is not a normal 17 year old boy... He's an 100+/- year old 17 year old boy who's neve...more
As many others were, I was deeply saddened when the first 12 chapters of Midnight Sun were illegally released on the internet, not only for the atrocity of the situation, but the hurt and depression that must have sweeped over Stephenie Meyer. When she posted the unfinished manuscipt for the fans, I sat up with my laptop and scrolled the PDF until I finished all 264 pages in one sitting. And what a sitting it was. I loved the Twilight series, and thought I knew Edward's character pretty well, lo...more
First of all, I am not one of those people who rate a book on anticipation, nor do I appreciate it when people do. This review is based on the 12 chapters linked on Stephenie Meyer's website. Yes there are grammatical errors but not anything to be embarrassed about the rough format of the text. I'd be more embarrassed about the use of the word chagrin more times than I cared to count (ok I still counted) which made me cringe with chagrin. Secondly, yes I am a hypocrite. I am aware that my very l...more
My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?

When I first heard a little over a month ago that Midnight Sun had been leaked and would be "on hold" indefinitely, I was incredibly sad. For Stephenie Meyer, yes, because her trust had been broken, but for myself as well. Selfish, I know, but I was so looking forward to having a nice hardbound copy of Midnight Sun to pla...more
I was very sad that Stephenie put this on hold indefinitely, but I can understand why she did. What a violation as an author.

I really liked this version. I think I liked being in Edward's head a whole lot more than being in Bella's. Plus, you get the added bonus of being in everyone else's head and get to see their true selves. What fun! I personally thought this book had the potential to be the best of the series. Although I did feel like I was stepping back in time after reading all the other...more
once your in edwards mind your in everyones mind!!
Faizah Roslaini
Perhaps I should be ashamed of myself for obsessing over Twilight the way I did, but I'm not going to lie about liking it. Perhaps the series would not appeal to the taste of bourgeois and elitists, who might feel that reading Twilight somehow compromise their immense intellects.

I'm not a bourgeois nor an elitist, I'm a simple person who reads simply for pleasure. I just like what I like.

If this one gets published I would definitely buy it. Though the main reason behind it would be totally point...more
Dear Stephanie,

I understand that you're really irritated that someone you trust would take your unfinished manuscript and run off with it. I can only imagine the betrayal you must feel, even violation. I can see why you would want to put it on hold indefinitely but COME ON WOMAN!!!! What I read from this was sooo very much better than Twilight. Seriously. How could you start something like this and leave it. Give us a glimpse into the mind of such a "godlike" vampire such as Edward and take it a...more
Colleen Houck
I personally believe this book would have been Stephenie Meyer's masterpiece. Edward knows everything so a book from his point of view is just so cool. I read her rough draft on her website in one sitting and kept mumbling, "Please go past the meadow scene, please go past the meadow scene," over and over. Of course, it stopped just before the meadow scene so I was sad. I really hope she finishes it someday because its amazing.
the whole saga should be written from edwards point of view. Edward's mind is engrossing and I can't get enough! i truly hope stephanie meyer completes this book
Rebecca Dew
This book is an exacting re-tread of the inexplicably popular first book of the Twilight series, the book from which the entire series earned it's nomenclature. Fortunately, Mrs. Meyers (also the name brand of my favorite laundry detergent) proves that she is learning something as she goes along. Thankfully, the writing is improving from book to book though the mythos of the vampires and werewolves still remains contradictory and immaturely expressed.

The best part is that unlike the first book...more
Why did I give it five stars? Cuz it was funny. Edward is such a misguided little vampire/fairy thing. *chuckles* Although, I nearly gagged several times while he described how "beautiful and self-sacrificing" Bella was. Please. That chick would sell her own mother to the Volturi if it meant she could be with Edward the rest of her life. *shakes head*
I actually liked this better than the other "from Bella's perspective" books. I liked hearing what was going on with Edward and enjoyed his interactions with his family.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is purely gratuitous but I don't care - I always wanted to know what was going on in Edward's head and knowing how he really felt, and it was great to get his perspective: his reactions, his moodiness, become so understandable. While this is an unfinished draft - ending at the end of the first day after Bella lets Edward know she knows he's a vampire - I would definitely buy the complete novel if Meyer ever finished and published it, just for my own satisfaction.

But I agree with Chelsea -...more
I am a journalist and for my school newspaper, I write editorials. I wrote one on Twilight and Midnight Sun and the abusive behavor Edward shows. Many students *Mostly fangirls* hated my editorial. I feel like they hated it because they knew it was true. How do I know this? Well As I was writing, I asked some girls what they would do if their boyfriends stalked them while they slept or read, or what they would do if their boyfriends broke the breaks of their cars so they wouldn't go see another...more
Even though Stephenie didn't want her readers to see this draft, I am glad she made it public so we could really understand Edward better. I LOVED reading it. Even in draft form, and even though you already know what's going to happen, it is captivating. Plus, there are additional scenes you don't get in "Twilight." I sincerely hope she will finish and publish it.
OK, so not exactly a "book." According to Stephenie Meyer's web site, this is a partial draft of a manuscript that was leaked over the interwebs, but it's hard to believe that this was going to be the fifth book of the saga. I call TIBS (an acronym my friend has tried to get off the ground for years, meaning 'This Is BullShit'...Try it!). This book just goes back to the beginning (Twilight) and retells the whole story from Edward's point of view, but Edward's pov isn't all that different from Be...more

Midnight Sun... If I spoke my mind when it came to my thoughts on you, there would be a lot of expletives. I will try to be classy and not be profane. It's not your fault that you're a piece of garbage... or is it?

I think this would be one star if I didn't take pity on the fact that it wasn't finished or edited. Pity that it probably doesn't deserve. Also, it was free to read. If I'd paid for it, I would've wanted to punch something (and I'm a pacifist.)

First of all, I need to gripe about the wr...more
♥ Sarah ♥
I loved this partial draft. It was like a whole other side of twilight, the book i loved. I think it will be better than twilight cause well I like Edward better than Bella, but Bella better than Jacob.
Aug 01, 2011 Anila marked it as to-read
You better believe I'll read this shit if she ever gets over her hissy fit and finishes it.

I have more like this, too, and I am determined to use them.
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I was born in Connecticut in 1973, during a brief blip in my family's otherwise western U.S. existence. We were settled in Phoenix by the time I was four, and I think of myself as a native. The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen (+ ie = me). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to goo...more
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