Stephenie Meyer Puts 5th Book On Hold Due To “Midnight Sun” Internet Leak

Posted Sep 3, 2008

Read an update about Midnight Sun here: [March 2009].

Stephanie Meyer is the author of the “Twilight” series. The books in the series include Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. Meyer’s gave an early copy of the book to several of her close contacts of her fifth installment titled Midnight Sun. Part of this book leaked on the Internet.

Below is an excerpt from Meyer’s website regarding her feelings about the leak:

I did not want my readers to experience Midnight Sun before it
was completed, edited and published. I think it is important for
everybody to understand that what happened was a huge violation of my
rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being. As the author
of the Twilight Saga, I control the copyright and it is up to the owner
of the copyright to decide when the books should be made public; this
is the same for musicians and filmmakers. Just because someone buys a
book or movie or song, or gets a download off the Internet, doesn’t
mean that they own the right to reproduce and distribute it.
Unfortunately, with the Internet, it is easy for people to obtain and
share items that do not legally belong to them. No matter how this is
done, it is still dishonest. This has been a very upsetting experience
for me, but I hope it will at least leave my fans with a better
understanding of copyright and the importance of artistic control.

The Twilight series is about a love story between a girl named Bella and a vampire named Edward. Meyers felt that it was appropriate to respond to the leak by putting the next book on hold for some time and to place the draft of the book on her own site.

The series is published by Little, Brown and Company. The picture above is from Meyer’s bio page from her website.