New Twilight Novella Coming: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

No, it’s not a new chapter in The Twilight Saga, but rather an expansion of an existing one. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, has announced today that it will release the first new title from Stephenie Meyer in nearly two years: “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”, a novella told from the point of view of Bree, a character originally featured in Eclipse (portrayed by Jodelle Ferland in the upcoming film of the same name).

Here are the details, excerpted from author Stephenie Meyer’s website:

I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago — before Twilight [the film] was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree’s perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.

This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.

At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.

Then I got the news: my “short story” was nearly 200 pages long when typeset. It was too long to fit into the Guide—without ending up with a tome as heavy as the Oxford English Dictionary. My publisher approached me with the idea of releasing the Bree story on its own. One of the major benefits of this plan was that it would be out before the movie, so people would get to know Bree before they saw her in the film. That made sense to me, and we decided to go ahead with it.

New Twilight Novella Coming: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also produce a physical book with a cool cover that you can add to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July 5th, it will also be available online at

One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We’re going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online.

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  • Vanvance1

    Would it be rude to type: I’d like to beat Stephanie Meyer to death with a large sculpture of a penis?

    Probably not, I am referencing art.

    Would it be rude to suggest running her over with a bus?

    Nah, a bus is good for the environment. People will use that instead of their cars and we’ll create less pollution.

    Would saying: “Die, bitch, die,” be rude?

    Maybe, but I don’t care.

  • Floydian Trip

    I think I’m gonna hunt down Stephanie Meyer and make her fall in love with me and marry her. I can feighn sleep and when she comes to bed I can slip out to the study and start entering my own stuff into into her writing, Namely lots of lesbianism. Then when she’s got even more money than she does now I’ll knock her off, take her money and live off of her royalties. A simple plan really.

  • Floydian Trip

    One of the major benefits of this plan was SHOW ME THE MONEY! Money, money, money, money…! Think I’ll buy me a football team! Team Jacob of course!

  • Terminal

    Hooray for more Mormon propaganda!
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”