It’s been a while since we heard from Stephenie Meyer, the author who brought us the Twilight Saga. Regardless of what you think of those books and movies — and believe me, I have never been short of opinions on them — it’s hard to deny the seismic impact they had on pop culture at large. The YA genre as we know it today was practically birthed by sparkling vampires and Meyer’s simultaneously chaste and horny story of obsessive love sparked off countless conversations about adolescent female desire in the modern age.
For her part, Meyer has mostly laid low since the series concluded. She released a gender-swapped version of the first book five years ago to honor the 10th anniversary of the series in 2015, and also to prove that her books weren’t sexist (spoiler: she failed.) She released a Bourne-esque thriller in 2016 named The Chemist that left such little impression on the world that it doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia page. Largely, Meyer has been working behind-the-scenes as a producer of film and television. In a post-50 Shades world, if I had E.L. James trying to Single White Female me, I would probably be working out of the spotlight too.
Well, it looks like something is afoot now, as Meyer’s website now features a mysterious countdown.
Oh no, Stephenie Meyer, what are you planning? pic.twitter.com/HLt88YDLGZ— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) April 30, 2020
So, what is she announcing?
The first Twilight book is 15 years old this year but not until October so I don’t think it’s related to that. Some have speculated that she may finally be ready to drop Midnight Sun, the retelling of the first novel entirely from Edward’s point-of-view. She infamously dropped the project after chunks of it were leaked by a friend, then admitted to basically wanting to flip a table after E.L. James once again ripped her off by releasing Grey.
Some fans want a new book of married Edward and Bella just living their sparkly undead lives with their endless house-breaking sex sessions, but I doubt Meyer is the author to bring them such thrills. Remember, this is the writer who went fade-to-black on the long-awaited wedding night but let us know EVERYTHING about the uterus chewing Clive Barker-esque mutant birth scene.
The ultimate power move would be to release a book about a shy college student who falls for a kinky billionaire who also happens to be a wendigo. Let’s full-on Inception this sh*t, Stephenie! Claim your revenge!
Knowing my luck, this’ll end up being something mega-dull, like a website relaunch or announcement of new covers for the books. Let me have my baseless speculation for now, dammit.
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