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18/08/11: Bree Tanner out in paperback today!

For any of you who haven’t read the riveting The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner, the story of a character introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits, it is out in its brand new lovely paperback edition today. It’s another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, telling the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion. Enjoy!

27/07/11: World Book Night 2012

 

The first World Book Night was held in the UK in the spring of 2011 and saw 20,000 people give away 1 million books.

This year, the World Book Night peeps would like to get YOU involved. You can help shape World Book Night 2012 by telling them your ten favourite books – the books you most love to read, give and share – to give them a chance to be featured in next year’s list of books to give away. 

We’re sure you want to get Twilight on the list so click here and get involved!

12/01/11: Enter our Superfan Competition for a Once in a Lifetime Chance to Meet Stephenie Meyer!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO ENTER OUR AWESOME COMPETITION TO MEET STEPHENIE MEYER

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, will host a special International Fan Event, featuring Twilight fans from around the world. Ten fans will be chosen to have an once-in-a-lifetime intimate meeting with international bestselling author Stephenie Meyer. The event coincides with the upcoming release of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (April 12, 2011; £17.99).

Little, Brown US is partnering with the Twilight Saga publishers around the globe to find the lucky Twilight fans who will attend this event. Atom (an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group UK) will be running a competition in their international English language territories (Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK) to find one super fan to join fans from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Taiwan at the exclusive event. Each special guest will receive an advance copy of The Official Illustrated Guide and get to talk extensively with Meyer, who will answer their Twilight-related questions.

“The one thing I miss most about my first book tour was the chance I had then to spend quality time with my readers,” said Meyer. “At an event with just ten or twenty people, I was able to get to know everyone a little bit. I could also more effectively answer each person’s questions. I’m so excited to have that opportunity again, and to get to spend time with fans from many different places and backgrounds.”

“We receive hundreds of travel requests for Stephenie from our foreign publishing partners every year,” said Megan Tingley, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. “Since it is physically impossible for one author to be in so many places, we thought this would be a great way to bring some fans to her.”

Fans from Atom’s international English language territories will be invited to create a short video clip explaining why they are the ultimate Twilight fan. Finalists from Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK will go on to a final judging round, from which the ultimate Twilight Superfan will be picked.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO ENTER OUR AWESOME COMPETITION TO MEET STEPHENIE MEYER

Due to the intimate nature of this event, details regarding the location and timing are being kept confidential. Photos and additional details will be distributed upon the event’s conclusion.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide provides readers with exclusive new material and everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. The Guide also includes character profiles, outtakes, a conversation with Meyer, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more. Originally announced as “The Official Guide,” The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide includes illustrations from several artists, including Young Kim, the illustrator behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1.

In five years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 116 million copies have been sold worldwide.

6/10/10: The Twilight Saga:The Official Illustrated Guide Announced

London (6th October, 2010) – Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, has announced today that it will release The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer on 12th April, 2011. This definitive encyclopaedic reference to the Twilight Saga is the only official guide and is full colour throughout, including nearly 100 full-colour illustrations and photographs. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide will be released in hardcover for £17.99 and also be available as an e-book.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide provides readers with exclusive new material and everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. The Guide also includes character profiles, outtakes, a conversation with Meyer, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more. Originally announced as “The Official Guide,” The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide includes illustrations from several artists, including Young Kim, the illustrator behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1.

“I’m always amazed at how many in-depth questions my readers have about my characters and the world within the Twilight Saga,” said Stephenie Meyer. “With The Official Illustrated Guide, I hoped we could incorporate as many details as possible, including character histories, like Alice’s back story. I’m thrilled with the different artistic interpretations done by Young Kim and the other talented illustrators, including Bella’s wedding dress. I hope the fans feel it was worth the wait!”

In five years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 116 million copies have been sold worldwide.

3/06/10: Stephenie Meyer’s Q&A About Bree Tanner!

To celebrate the upcoming publication of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner on 5 June (at 5:05am!), Stephenie Meyer answers all about Bree! Have you been wondering how the publication of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner came about? How did the novella influence the movie? What happened when Stephenie found out that her “short” story was almost 200 pages? We’ve got your answers here:

STEPHENIE MEYER Q&A:

Bree only appears in a couple pages of Eclipse. What was it about the character that made you want to explore her story further?
In the beginning, I wasn’t fascinated specifically by Bree—it was the newborns in general. While I was writing Eclipse, there was a lot going on behind the scenes, of course, things Bella didn’t know about. Because I was focused on Bella, I couldn’t delve too deeply into the newborns’ story, however, there was always in my mind a general idea of what they were up to. I had to think about that while I was pacing the plot: Bella is at this point, the newborns are doing this. To keep it all straight, eventually I made a calendar of the months of May and June—which is all Eclipse deals with—and wrote down on each square what was going on with Bella that day and what was happening in Seattle. So the story of the newborns was always a big part of the story of Eclipse. And it made me kind of sad that there was no way to express any of that in the book.

Bree is the only newborn mentioned by name in Eclipse, the only newborn who has contact with the Cullens (aside from being killed by them), and the only newborn who encounters the Volturi in the clearing. She lives the longest, so she is the narrator who can tell the full story. She was a natural choice to chronicle the story of the newborns. Once I started writing from her perspective, she really came alive. So much so that, as the inevitable end got closer, it was really depressing going ahead. It was harder for me to kill Bree than any other fiction character I’ve ever killed, even though I was killing her for the second time. (Before Bree, the saddest was Walter in The Host.)

At what point did you realize that the “short story” you were working on for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide was going to be a separate book?
I didn’t realize my “short” story was a novella until I handed it into my publisher. All I knew was that it was 80,000 words less than most of my novels. I was surprised when I was told it was almost 200 pages long and couldn’t fit into the Guide. However, I had always wished that people would be able to read Bree’s story before the movie came out. So when I was approached by the idea of publishing it as a standalone novella, it seemed like a great opportunity.

Why do you feel it is important for people to read Bree’s story prior to the release of the Eclipse movie?
Eclipse is told from only Bella’s perspective. That has some limitations; when there is so much going on off-stage (so to speak), it leaves a lot of mysteries. The films have the advantage of seeing the story from outside of Bella’s head. The viewer can see things—like the wolves hunting Victoria in New Moon—that the reader only gets hints of. Of all the Twilight books, Eclipse has the most going on outside of Bella’s view. For the movie to work, we have to see and understand some of these things.

Knowing that elements of Bree’s story were being incorporated into the movie, I hoped the story could somehow get out first. Personally, I always want to read a book before seeing the movie. I like to make my own mental pictures before someone else’s picture intrudes. Probably most of my readers don’t have the same hang up, but for those who do, I wanted to give them the chance to create their own mental pictures of Bree and the gang.

How did the story in the novella influence the Eclipse movie?
Around the time I started working on the story for the Guide, Melissa Rosenberg, the screenplay writer for the Twilight movies, began work on the Eclipse movie. She came to me with a ton of questions about what was going on in Seattle. Because the movie wasn’t tied to Bella’s perspective the way the book was, she was free to explore the newborns, but she wanted to keep it consistent with the story in my head. I told her about the piece of Bree’s story I’d written, and she was very excited to see it. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and I started really focusing on that story. By the time pre-production had begun on the Eclipse movie, the Bree story was finished. I sent it to the David Slade, the director, and he asked if I would also let the actors involved in the newborn’s part of the movie read it. Of course I said yes.

So the novella wasn’t responsible for there being scenes about the newborns in the Eclipse movie, but it was responsible for those scenes matching up somewhat with the story in my head. Hopefully it also gave Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle some extra insight into their characters.

We know Bree dies before we begin the story. How did it feel to explore the Twilight universe from a darker angle?
At first I thought it would be fun. I was focused more on the plot than on the character—very rare for me—and I was looking forward to spending time with some real vampire-y vampires. I had a lot of scenes of destruction in my head that I wanted to get down on paper. But as I started looking at those scenes through Bree’s eyes, the character started to become more important than the fun destruction. The more I fell in love with Bree and her friends, the more heartbreaking it felt to go forward. It ended up feeling dark in an entirely different way than I expected.

What was it like writing from a different Twilight character’s point of view? Did it cause you to see anything about Eclipse/the previous novels differently?
This is the third time I’ve written from the perspective of a Twilight character other than Bella—I’ve also written from Edward’s and Jacob’s perspectives. All three times, this has felt really natural; when I write from Bella’s perspective, I always know the thoughts of the other characters involved, I just don’t get to share them. So it’s fun for me to let those other voices out. One of the things that I enjoy most when writing from another perspective is looking at the characters I already know through new eyes. Things really came together when I got to the clearing with Bree. I loved being able to describe Bella and the Cullen’s from her perception.

In Breaking Dawn, Bella feels what it’s like to be a newborn and now readers will get to see Bree do the same. Were you thinking about Bella’s experience while writing Bree’s, or vice versa?
Absolutely—I was always comparing the two in my head as I wrote, because they have very different experiences as newborns. Bella goes into her new vampire life with a ton of preparation, expectation, and stubborn determination. Bree didn’t have any idea of what was happening to her; she goes in blind. But both do exceptionally well given their circumstances. I imagine Bella’s behavior would have been very similar to Bree’s if she had been changed in a similar way.

Over the course of the Twilight Saga, we are introduced to a rich hierarchy of vampires. Is Bree the only vampire outside of the core Twilight cast you’ve established such a firm story for? Is there any other character you would enjoy exploring in a similarly involved way?
Given all the time in the world and no distractions, I could write a short story for every one of my characters; some would turn into novellas and some would turn into novels and some would turn into series. Some of the stories are pretty firm—Aro’s early days for example, Marcus and Didyme, Jane and Alec, Charlotte and Peter, Alistair, the Denalis—and some I haven’t given as much thought to. Most of these stories don’t feel as necessary as Bree’s, because Bree’s story affects the central story so directly. I don’t know that I’ll ever do a companion story like this again. It was a lot of fun, though.

Was it easier or more difficult to write about the Twilight universe after seeing it brought to life in a movie?
All of the core Twilight story was written before the first movie came out, so I can’t really say. The movies are a fun and interesting supplement to the books, but they’ve never affected the look of the story in my head.

In which order would you recommend one read The Twilight Saga with the addition of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner? Should they follow Eclipse with the novella or finish Breaking Dawn before cracking the pages of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner?
If I were going to read the Saga for the first time, I would probably read Bella’s story straight through before launching into other perspectives.

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31/05/10: Exclusive look at Bree Tanner!

With the upcoming release of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, everybody wants to know: Who is Bree Tanner?

We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (coming June 29th) that features never-before-seen photos from the movie, plus Director David Slade’s thoughts on Bree.

Click on the thumbnail image below to see a full-screen version:

Introducing Bree Tanner - click for larger version

Or you can download a pdf copy of the extract [2.8 Mb!] if you’d like a higher resolution copy to print out.

And be sure to come back on June 3rd for a very special surprise!

30/03/10: Brand New Stephenie Meyer Novella, June 5th 2010

Atom to release new Stephenie Meyer novella
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner:
An Eclipse Novella

05 June 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group UK, has announced that it will release the first new title from Stephenie Meyer in nearly two years. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a novella told from the point of view of Bree, a character originally featured in Eclipse. The novella (at 192 pages) will be released at 5:05 a.m. on Saturday 5th June, 2010 in hardback, priced £11.99.

“I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella,” said Stephenie. “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. 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.”

As a special thank you to fans, Meyer is giving them exclusive access to the novel on a dedicated website, www.breetanner.com, from 7th June to 5th July 2010, where fans from around the world will be able to read the book online in English. “I’d always considered The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner as something for the fans,” said Meyer. “They have been so supportive of all things Twilight.”

Ursula Mackenzie, CEO and Publisher of Little, Brown Book Group commented: “The prospect of a new book from Stephenie Meyer has been tantalising readers for a very long time. We’re thrilled to be able to announce that the waiting is over and Stephenie’s millions of fans will soon be able to read this exciting new work.”

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the world she inhabits. The novella chronicles the newborn vampire army’s journey as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

The character Bree not only features prominently in the book Eclipse, but in the upcoming movie from Summit Entertainment. “Stephenie was gracious enough to let me read a draft of the novella while we were prepping the movie The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” said Director David Slade. “I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it gave us great insight and inspired location choices and the tailoring of scenes. I think fans are going to love the fascinating details involved in the loves, fears and actions of an emerging vampire.”

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will also be available as an ebook from 11am on 5th June 2010. Additionally, more information about the previously announced The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, including publication date, will be released by the end of the year.

21/01/10: Twilight: The Graphic Novel

Atom announces UK publication of
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1
 16 March 2010

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Atom is delighted to announce the highly-anticipated first volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, volume 1, will be published in hardback on 16 March 2010 at £12.99. As is typical in graphic novel publishing, due to the length of the prose novel, the book will be divided into two volumes and the release date for the second volume is yet to be announced.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel contains selected text from Meyer’s original novel with illustrations by Korean artist Young Kim. A rare fusion of Asian and Western comic techniques is reflected in this black-and-white graphic novel with colour interspersed throughout. Stephenie Meyer consulted throughout the artistic process and had input on every panel.

“I’ve enjoyed working on this new interpretation of Twilight,” said Stephenie Meyer. “Young has done an incredible job transforming the words that I have written into beautiful images. The characters and settings are very close to what I was imagining while writing the series.”

Publication of the book was announced on the US magazine Entertainment Weekly’s website today and also appears on StephenieMeyer.com and TheTwilightSaga.com.

Samantha Smith, Atom Editorial Director, said, “It’s incredibly exciting for us to be able to introduce fans, who might not have read a graphic novel before, to this wonderfully innovative and imaginative format. Stephenie Meyer’s UK fans have always been hugely supportive. We’re sure that they’re going to be just as excited as we are to see Twilight in such a new and exciting way.”

In four years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 85 million copies have been sold worldwide. Each of the four novels in the saga has sold over a million copies in the UK.

7/12/09: Vote for Stephenie

We’re thrilled to announce that Twilight is on the shortlist for Audible’s Audiobook Download of the Year 2009. It’s a public vote so please do vote for Stephenie! Follow the link here to vote and be in with the chance to win a top of the range SatNav

21/10/09: Eclipse Sells Its Millionth Copy in the UK

Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer’s global phenomenon, The Twilight Saga, has sold its millionth copy in the UK this week.

First published in 2006, it is set to join the first two books in the series, Twilight and New Moon, to receive the Nielsen BookScan Platinum Award for books that have sold over one million copies. The fourth book in the series, Breaking Dawn, follows closely behind. Though not yet available in paperback, Breaking Dawn has now sold over 750,000 copies.

Ursula Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Little, Brown, comments, ‘Three out of Stephenie Meyer’s four tremendous Twilight novels have now sold a million copies or more. This is an incredible milestone and we are grateful to Stephenie Meyer for her wonderful books and to the fans for their continued appreciation.’
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