There was one thing in what ILT wrote which caught my attention, because it wasn't quite how I remembered Stephenie explaining the story behind MS -- and I had a pm from Tennyo yesterday with the same query. She asked if I would pass on her thoughts here (she worried it might make people nervous or seem like she was barging in to correct us if she posted it herself) and I said of course I would.
ILT had said:
It was the bolded bit that struck both me and Tennyo. We both vaguely remembered reading Stephenie saying somewhere that it was funny how the people writing the first Twilight fanfic immediately 'got' Bella, but were all completely off about Edward -- and how this was what started her writing MS: wanting to explain his side of the story and especially what it meant to be a vampire in her imagined universe. (Of course neither of us can now remember where we read it. Help here anyone?).I will be very interested to find out if any of the anti-Edward gals soften up on him after MS is published. Since this is the whole reason that SM felt the need to write his story. There was a negative reaction to him that she didn't anticipate. She encountered posts (and fanfics I think) regarding Edward's behavior and realized that her readers had a much firmer grasp on Bella than they did Edward. MS is a way for her to clarify some of the misconceptions about Edward...I wonder if it will work?!
Anyway, here is what Tennyo wrote:
Tennyo here, ambassador for peace coming over from Controlling. I wanted to clear something up about Midnight Sun. My memory may be playing tricks on me, but to my knowledge, the book was almost definitely not begun for the anti-Edward faction. As it seems pretty agreed upon that the faction showed up with my presence, I'd like to make it known that the first chapter of MS was up even before I had read Twilight for the first time. As I understand it, it was not necessarily a negative reaction that made Stephenie believe that Edward was not being understood. More likely it was a great wave of inability to understand why Edward dislikes himself so greatly, how hard it is for he and his family to abstain from blood, and why he wouldn't just bite Bella and get it over with. I also suspect that she wanted to put to rights the idea that "the bite" in her books and the act of blood-drinking is not a merely whimsical craving with a sexual edge, but a violent, almost uncontrollable need.
I don't know if the reasons for writing MS have changed in the past few years-doubtless my and others' constant questioning of Edward's actions have something to do with it now. But I'm almost positive it was not the reason she started writing Midnight Sun. I can't say I'm aware of what the fandom was like before I joined, and clearly I did not do this all myself, but I am told that any anti-Edward thought was very small before I came. And Midnight Sun predates my own involvement in the series. Please do not put the "blame" so to speak, on people who don't like Edward. We are as eager to read Midnight Sun as anyone else, but I for one like to think that it isn't being written just to "set us straight", but to fill in the "other half" of the love story in Twilight. Thank you for your time and listening to my ramblings. I didn't want to make anyone uncomfortable by posting openly. Your conversations are fascinating, but I am aware that they are largely outside my own way of thinking and it's best I don't join in. I just didn't feel right letting this pass.