'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer's New Treat for Fans

Before Eclipse opens later this month, check out Meyer's new novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

While we are anxiously awaiting the release of Eclipse on June 30, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has a suggestion to pass the time: Read her new book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, which follows one of Eclipse's newborn vampires.

"Knowing that elements of Bree's story were being incorporated into Eclipse, I hoped the story could somehow get out first," she says about the short book, which you can find in stores on Saturday.

"Personally, I always want to read a book before seeing the movie," Meyer recently said. "I like to make my own mental pictures before someone else's picture intrudes. Probably most of my readers don't have the same hang-up, but for those who do, I wanted to give them the chance to create their own mental pictures of Bree and the gang."

The author says, by reading Bree's story (which is told from the new vampire's point of view, as opposed to Bella's in Eclipse), audience members will enjoy the flick even more than if they hadn't picked up the book.

"When there is so much going on off-stage so to speak, it leaves a lot of mysteries," she says. "Of all the Twilight books, Eclipse has the most going on outside of Bella's view. For the movie to work, we have to see and understand some of these things."

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella will also be available for free at breetanner.com from June 7 to July 5.

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