Stephenie Meyer on Oprah
Once upon a time, there was an author no one had heard of until the release of Twilight. Stephenie Meyer shot to fame and fortune on the heels of her characters Edward, Bella and Jacob - a storyline she came up with after a dream. (Good dream, obv.)
After writing a kick ass series, which every woman dished out money to own, she had started on another Twilight project, called Midnight Sun. Effing awesome - is what I originally thought. I had been going through Twilight withdrawals for months, so the fact she was hard at work scribing another text was genius.
Midnight Sun was to be a detailed account from Edwards perspective of the first novel, Twilight. In the first novel, exclusively narrated by Bella, we see an ordinary human teenager go through mundane emotions and confusion as she stumbles into a mythical world of vampires and love triangles. Switch that to the perspective of Edward, a 100-year-old mind-reading vampire, and things get really interesting. Suddenly you're able to know what every character in the book is thinking. So you can imagine how pumped I was about the book.
Until some random leak happened. <insert world ending here>
What followed was a series of confusing blog posts on her website about being upset about the leak, followed by flip-flopping on whether she should write the book or not. One word for you: BORING!
The lesson to be learned here is that you can't always have what you want. Making fans wait until you've finished pouting is a rather sore choice.
Take a page from J.K. Rowling. She wrote books while fans stood on the brink of nail-biting anticipation, and penned several Potter novels, likely under some kind of pressure either from herself, her publisher or from her fans. She wanted to tell the Potter story for herself. So she did. And she locked her manuscripts away and made sure nothing leaked. BUT even if it had - I doubt she would have punished the fans of Harry Potter, formulated his death, and destroyed the novels, simply because she was upset about a leaked draft copy.
Even the U.S. Government is still functioning through the storm of leaked information from WikiLeaks. Through whistle-blower protection laws the site has posted thousands of documents about international operations, conversations with foreign governments and unlocked the secrets behind many controversial police investigations.
So if the countries of the world can survive leaks on a global scale, I think Stephanie can handle a partially-leaked draft of Midnight Sun and just carry-on writing.
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