Yes, you read that right.
It was because I checked it out from the digital library. I remembered when I initially put my hold on it, I was #17 on 10 copies. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get my turn until next year.
But alas! I was able to read it before then!
I’ll admit, I was a fan when the Twilight books first came out. I mean, they were all the craze when I read them back in high school. My friends and I were debating Team Edward vs Team Jacob through all 4 years.
I remember when Breaking Dawn came out, I took it with me on my trip to Hawaii. I read that thing the entire 8 hour flight to and from Hawaii, plus some time during the trip, and I still didn’t finish it.
That was also when I realized how annoying Bella was, haha.
With my dwindling interest of the Twilight saga, I did not see the two part Breaking Dawn movies until this year, out of curiosity. They were actually pretty good, and followed the books pretty truthfully, from what I can remember.
Rewatching all of the movies made me remember how problamatic Edward and Jacob’s possessiveness over Bella was. How was this a good example to set for young impressionable girls?! Even if Edward did love Bella in the most purest form? It was just unrealistic to me to make it seem okay to make one person your whole life and not know yourself without them.
So why did I put a hold on Midnight Sun?
Curiosity, mainly. I remember when Stephanie Meyers teased the book way back when, and I had wanted to read it.
I also wanted to see what Edward’s perspective in all this really was. And it was at least slightly comforting to know that he also recognized his ridiculous possessiveness and consciously made the effort to always give Bella the choice to be with him.
It was also interesting to see him always be one foot out of the relationship. Ready to leave as soon as he felt he couldn’t ensure Bella’s safety. It gave a lot of context as to why he left in New Moon.
But I’m curious to know what his side of the story in New Moon and what he was doing up until Bella met him in Italy. I’d also like to know his point of view in Eclipse.
And if we kept going this way, might as well rewrite the whole saga in Edward’s POV!
No, don’t do that.
Anyway, I also checked out the book for a bit of nostalgia. It’s kind of nice to go back to characters I’m familiar with and read some new stories. And Stephanie Meyers knows how to wrap you in with her prose. I love being so engrossed in a book that all I want to do is read.
A day full of reading is one of the most fulfilling activities to spend your time.