USA Today posted a brief but insightful excerpt of a Q & A with Stephenie Meyer about the Bree Novella that is being released on June 5th. The Bree Novella is something Stephenie wrote long ago and was supposed to be included in the Twilight guide (that hasn't been released) but it was 200 pages long and editors thought it was too large to be included. Stephenie thinks it's important for fans to get to know Bree and thinks fans should read Bree's story before seeing Eclipse and tells us why...
Q: Why do you feel it is important for people to read Bree's story prior to the release of the Eclipse movie?
A: Eclipse is told from only Bella's perspective. That has some limitations; when there is so much
going on off-stage (so to speak), it leaves a lot of mysteries. The
films have the advantage of seeing the story from outside of Bella's
head. The viewer can see things — like the wolves hunting Victoria in New
Moon— that the reader only gets hints of. 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.
Knowing that elements of Bree's story were being incorporated into the movie, I hoped the story could somehow get out
first. Personally, I always want to read a book before seeing the movie.
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.
Q: In which order would you recommend one read The Twilight Saga with the addition of The Short Second Life of
Bree Tanner? Should they follow Eclipse with the
novella or finish Breaking Dawn before cracking the pages
of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner?
A: If I were going to read the saga for the first time, I would probably read Bella's story straight through before launching into other perspectives.