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Twilight’s newest book “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” debuts to mixed reviews

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Though the four core books of The Twilight Saga are written and done, one of several companion pieces debuted today. “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” is a 192-page novella that goes in-depth about a minor character barely featured in “Eclipse”. Here is a summary of early reactions to the piece by those who have publicly reviewed:

Bree Tanner is used as a foil. By far, the most common reaction is that Stephenie Meyer has used Bree Tanner as a literary foil, a character strategically placed into a piece to place other elements of the story into sharper focus. Many early reviewers commented on how conversations as told through Bree led to insights on the other vampires in the story. While some saw this as a refreshing quirk, some cynics saw this as a device, speculating that Meyer used the story to fill in some of the original four books’ most criticized holes.

The added perspective was entertaining, interesting, and valuable. Regardless of how they came to the story, most fans seemed to like the extra detail. For those who feared a sequestered piece about a human Bree Tanner, reviews are calling details about groups such as the Volturi and the newborns, individual characters such as Jasper and Victoria, and the ways and characteristics of vampires in general refreshing.

“Midnight Sun” would have been preferred. Though most readers didn’t dislike the work, online reviews asserted clear demand for other foreshadowed insights. Specifically, Edward’s version of “Twilight”, called “Midnight Sun”, another known companion piece that Meyer said she might, at some point, complete and publish. Fans knew there were hard feelings on Meyer’s part after a draft manuscript was stolen and illegally distributed. Though Meyer posted pieces of it on her own site, the conclusion is quite coveted, and fans have never stopped begging her to finish.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • June 6, 2010 | Permalink |

    I defonetly cant wait to read this as soon as i seen it in the paper i went straight out and bought it, I absolutly love the twilight saga i’ve read all the books except this one i’ve read them about 40 odd times i love them so much. 😀

  • April 27, 2011 | Permalink |

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