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31 March 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: USA Today

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That sound you hear is a million voices crying, "Squeeeee!" in unison, because Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is releasing another book. Don’t get too excited, though, Twi-Hards: it’s just a novella spin off that follows one of the characters in Eclipse.

Meyer originally wrote The Second Short Life Of Bree Tanner back when she was deep into finishing Eclipse, before the first book had even hit shelves. It riffs on the death and vampiric rebirth of a young girl who has a minor role in the story and will be played in this year's movie by Tideland’s Jodelle Ferland.

Speaking on her official site (via USA Today), Meyer outlines the story’s history, including the fact that it was originally intended for a very different purpose. “I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella. When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time,” says the author.

“I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, I thought the guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the guide.”

She’s apparently ended up providing early copies to screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, Eclipse director David Slade and some of his cast, so they can take a look at Bree’s story and flesh out her character. Oh, and they had to burn their manuscripts when they were finished reading. Paranoid, much?

Of course, now talk has begun to turn to what Twilight film producers Summit might do with the story. Given its relatively short length, the likelihood is nothing at all, though taking into account the box office of the first two movies, we’re sure they might cook something up to squeeze some more cash out of this profitable franchise. Animated short with Ferland voicing, a la Kill Bill’s anime story segment or the Animatrix? Could happen.

The book will hit shelves on June 5th, and part of the price of every copy sold will go to the Red Cross.


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ENOUGH! Stephenie Meyer is mediocre at best- and even thats being generous! Her books are mere re-writes of a genre that has been done a thousand times before- except she puts a frigging quaker-esc theology in the background! More

Posted by astoroth at 17:20 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

NOOOOO!
Die Twilight, DIE!!! No, really, why hasn't this stupid craze died yet? It's really getting on my nerves. And what exactly does this have to do with movies, btw? More

Posted by FilmGirl27 at 16:08 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Been said but...
I am still eagerly awaiting Lars Von Trier's Breaking Dawn.  More

Posted by Deviation at 14:15 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Been said but...
You trying to increase the website hits or something? Although there is some movie news in the article so I'll let you guys off. Well, I say movie news but I mean Twishite news... More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 11:37 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

How is this movie news?
Why on earth is this on Empire? And who really cares about this book? More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 08:58 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Oh God, I'm Having A Twi-Gasm...NOT!
Just thought I'd try on the hyper-ventilating bod of an overly horny Twi-hard teen for a mo there (ya mo be there?). The funny thing is, these young girts that are so into vampires would pass out if they ever saw "Salem's Lot" with David Soul. Then they'd see how disgusting and scary vampires really are. More

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Seriously why this is up is beyond me. More

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That's surely what you get if you milk a turd? New Moon Pub quiz questions of the future, number 1: in which vampire film does no-one actually get their blood sucked? Question 2: Which vampire film has been scientifically proven to be unwatchable to anyone with a penis? More

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