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Two YA Fiction classics prepare for re-launch

Two YA Fiction classics prepare for re-launch

A return to classic young-adult fiction series seems to be the flavour of 2020, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins releasing further installments to their series in the next few months.

Meyer announced on Monday that she would be releasing Midnight Sun, a long-awaited novel that re-tells the story of Twilight from the perspective of Edward Cullen, vegetarian vampire and the object of protagonist Bella Swan’s affections.

Meyer had been teasing an announcement on her website for a week prior, with Monday’s announcement leading to a crash on her website as excited fans flocked to find out what was happening.

‘I am very excited to finally, finally announce the release of Midnight Sun on August 4th,’ she said in a pre-recorded video broadcast on Good Morning America.

She acknowledged that the current global pandemic made her question whether it was the right time to release the book, but said ‘… some of you have been waiting for just so, so long it didn’t seem right to make you wait anymore.’

Publisher Little, Brown has said the book will draw on ‘the classic myth of Hades and Persephone.’

‘This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire,’ they said in a statement.

The book has been a long time coming. Meyer had begun writing it as early as 2008, when it was illegally leaked onto the internet. Following this, she put the first few chapters up on her website, but said she was postponing the project indefinitely due to the violation.

‘The more I wrote, the more I became convinced that Edward deserved to have his story told,’ she explained of the new release.

As excitement brews over Midnight Sun, YA fans have another release to look forward to in the meantime.

Last year, The Hunger Games author, Suzanne Collins announced she would be releasing a prequel to her famous trilogy. It would be the first she had written of the fictional world of Panem since releasing Mockingjay, the final book in the original series.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be released on May 19th, soon enough to tide fans over as they wait for more Twilight.

It will be set 64 years before The Hunger Games, and focus on Coriolanus Snow – the militaristic dictator from the original series.

In the new prequel, he is a young man who is asked to mentor a Hunger Games tribute from District 12 for the 10th annual games, a place, and a role he believes is beneath him.

Collins alluded to the 10th annual games in her original series, cluing us into the fact that Snow’s tribute will not win.

Collins has said she aims to use the book ‘to explore the state of nature, who we are, and we perceive is required for our survival.’

Both books are available for pre-sale and have received widespread excitement from fans who read these series as teenagers.