Stephenie Meyer says E.L. James’ ‘Grey’ stopped her from finishing ‘Midnight Sun’

'It was a literal flip the table moment for me,' Meyer told fans.

3:10 pm EDT, October 9, 2015

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer revealed at New York Comic-Con on Thursday that she recently started working on Midnight Sun again… until the Fifty Shades spin-off Grey was announced.

Speaking on a panel to promote the 10th Anniversary Edition of Twilight (which rattled the fandom earlier this week), Meyer revealed she went back to work on Twilight-from-Edward’s-perspective earlier this year (!!!) after finishing Life and Death, the gender-swapped Twilight.

And then Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian’s perspective, titled Grey, was announced.

Here’s how the revelation went down at NYCC (via Tech Insider):

Only after completing “Life and Death” did Meyer feel comfortable revisiting “Midnight Sun.” Meyer said after she “started back into it, it felt really good.”

The crowd at Comic Con cheered loudly when Meyer said she had recently written two more paragraphs.

But Meyer cut into the celebration: “So what do you think was the top story on Yahoo the next morning? ‘Grey.'”

The audience groaned.

Stephenie went on to reveal that she put Midnight Sun on hold again after learning about E.L. James’s new book, according to a trusted panel attendee who spoke to Hypable after the event. While Tech Insider’s report states that Stephenie was “definitive” about never trying to work on Midnight Sun again in light of Grey, we’re told she wasn’t that certain she’d never try again.

We don’t blame Stephenie for dropping Midnight Sun after the publication of Grey. Still, the timing of it all could not have been worse. To think that a Twilight fan-fiction by E.L. James brought down the publication of Midnight Sun is depressing — but justified.

Think about it this way: It would’ve looked bad for Stephenie to release Twilight from Edward’s perspective after E.L. James published a fan-fiction of Twilight from Edward’s perspective.

No one would’ve guessed Stephenie would actually revisit Midnight Sun after all these years, so while we’re sad about the fate of the book, we’re pleasantly surprised that she gave it another shot.

And maybe one day, Stephenie will try again.


A brief history of Midnight Sun for those of you who may be out of the loop: Stephenie was working on the book in 2008 before a copy of it leaked online. The early release bothered the author so much that she halted its development and instead released a draft on her website for public consumption.

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