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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/30/2010

Stephenie Meyer keeps the 'Twilight' stories coming

By Jen Chaney

Here's the reason why we refer to "Twilight" as a saga. Because it's never going to end.

Stephenie Meyer is releasing "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner," a novella that centers around one of the newborn vamps from "Eclipse." Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will release the book on June 5. And hey, did we mention that "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" just happens to arrive in theaters a few short weeks later, on June 30? Total coincidence, P.S.

In a statement on her Web site, Meyer says she intended to write the 200-page tale as part of "The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide." But it wound up being too lengthy to include; hence, now it stands as its own, nicely bound entity. To Meyer's credit, she says the work will be available online for free "as a gift" to the Twi-hards. Also to Meyer's (and the publisher's) credit: a portion of proceeds from hard copy sales of the book will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

So will you happily purchase a copy of "Bree Tanner" come June? Will you read it online for free? Or do you view this as just another marketing tool for the movie franchise?

By Jen Chaney  | March 30, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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Not realizing the insane fandom, I read the first book on recommendation from a friend. It was okay. Good story, not great. Very light, suitable for the age group it was written for. My impression of Bella and Edward was that they were a dysfunctional couple, and that makes for good drama. I was shocked to hear some of the fandom refer to Edward as the perfect boyfriend. Yah, if creepily overprotective is your thing.

I read the second book because I liked the first well enough. I nearly threw it against the wall. The motorcycle riding scene was silly, from the point of view of a motorcycle rider, and the dysfunction was taken to whole new scary levels while still being painted as ideal. The only reason I finished the damn book was because I was determined to do so. No way in hell I'm picking up the third and fourth books, much less this novella.

It was a good first try, Meyer. It should have stayed as a one-off.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | March 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Forgot to add: Everything after the first book has just been riding the same gravy train, and nothing is bringing in the money like the movies. So of course this is just marketing. It'll stop eventually, like all fads.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | March 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

but everytime someone mentions twilight i cant help but think 'amaaaaaaaaazing book'
(not s%&t, not boring, not glorified fan fiction... amaaaaaaaazign book)

i am eagerly awaiting the upcoming vampire-teeth c-section on film though... if that wont be the apogee of the american cinematographic experience i just dont know what is...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | March 30, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

quintiliusvarus, maybe he'll just cut the umbilical cord with his teeth.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 30, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Jack Bauer could take out those #%$^ing vampires in one day and still have 16 hours left to save the world from those lethal nuclear rods.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

And here's a special vampire for Liz:

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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