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Twilight Series Theories was one of the fansites who attended Stephenie’s mini-junket.
Here’s some of what they talked about.
Leg Hitches, Freaky Fred, Edward and More…
Stephenie: And, you see Fred was such an accidental character. I love accidental characters. I knew that she was going to have, kind of, a romance there. But, he just came out of the blue. It was so interesting. Although, it killed me when the Spanish publisher put out a little synopsis of the story that was really badly translated and not only did they say that it was Riley who had a talent, but the talent was smell related. And I was like, “Oh my gosh!” I was horrified! I said “No, no that’s wrong”. Then I was worried that people were gonna read about Fred and in their heads think it was a smell thing. And I thought, “No”.
Letters to Twilight: No, we didn’t think that at all.
Twilight Source: Freaky Fred’s power is that he gives off that repulsion. How do you come up with the powers for vampires? What is in the water in Arizona ?
Twilight Source: I really want to know because we were talking about this a lot and we were thinking.
Stephenie: Well, anytime you start doing a fantasy, it slowly starts to shift away all the rules. And anyone you read, do you read Jasper Fforde? Go read Jasper Fforde! I am reading “Shades of Grey” right now. His imagination is unreal. But I think that when you take away the boundaries you start thinking that way. Fred is actually not that too far off. He is really related to what Jasper can do. He has an ability to affect how your body feels. And his is very specific. It is kind of like the difference between Jane and Kate. He has one thing he can do, whereas Jasper has the whole range.
Twilight Source: I never thought of it that way.
Stephenie: It is really related to that classification of talent.
Twilight Series Theories: Okay, so that leads into this question perfectly.
Twilight Series Theories: What is it about his human characteristics or his trait that caused him to have that ability when he is a vampire?
Stephenie: I see it as Fred’s backstory. He is in college, a little bit older like Riley and I see him as being – he is beautiful now because that is what happens, but him as being kind of a science nerd. Sort of quiet and sort of not liking other people’s attention. And of course when you live in a room full of newborns, that’s gonna be an even stronger need. So him, having that need to not be seen manifested in that way. And of course that makes him kind of cool.
Twilight Series Theories: Well, it is weird because he has got this ability to make people feel so repelled that they are nauseated. I think that is where they got the smell thing from.
Stephenie: I think so, but for me it was like completely a feeling in your gut. It wasn’t really a mental thing, more like a visceral and really, really potent. When you have to learn fast when you are in a group like that and so he is in an elevated learning program and he gets good really quickly. And, he is really, really smart. I liked to think about the newborns and what it would be like to be so unable to focus and all the time all you can think about is this driving need that you have and you are barely human. But if you can stop and slow down, you are able to think and you are really bright actually and he is able to do that on his own which makes him unique and special.
Twilight Series Theories: Thanks!
Twifans: This is one of those questions if you had pictured in your mind or maybe you thought of this beyond your mind but does Edward ever go to find Fred?
Stephenie: If I were to go ahead with it, he would definitely come up again. After his character sort of warmed he would fit into a rightly place. I don’t see Edward actively seeking him out. Having the knowledge he had gotten from Bree he realizes that Fred probably wouldn’t appreciate that pretty much, but I do see them crossing paths. I was really relieved in a way, I didn’t see anybody surviving. And so as Fred started developing it was really a relief to let someone survive and for someone you care about.
Putting a finger on the nature of the appeal of Stephenie Meyer’s stories is difficult. Her characters are, when meant to be, so involving and communicative that they literally fly off of the pages. The plot, dialogue, settings, and every other ornate detail are so intricately and tediously woven together in this boldly unique mythology that the books are literally transformative and become a part of the reader. More over, Stephenie Meyer has a knack for never leaving behind the most humanistic element of people, whether those people are vampires, werewolves, or aliens . . . love.
Such is the case with her newest book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. With it, Meyer has effectively transformed a small, seemingly unimportant character from her prior work, Eclipse, into the newest set of lenses through which we see an intriguing portion of the Twilight Saga.
Bree Tanner takes us back to the story of Eclipse, only this time we’re reading from the perspective of Bree.
As she explains in her introductory materials to the text, Bree was a very tertiary character before, and the most we’d learned about her up until this novella was that she was an insatiable newborn who’d surrendered to the Cullens (though details were scarce on that encounter) but who was still doomed by the forces of law. The significance, it seemed, of Bree was that she was a looking glass for Bella’s self-expectations of her own future as a newborn.
What the Bree Tanner story has given us, though, is a world which is, in classic Stephenie Meyer fashion, eloquently connected to the story we already (in part) knew and yet still so new.
Without divulging too many details about the story (particularly since the biggest joy of reading it was experiencing the surprises of the tale first-hand), it should be said that even those Twilight fans who were on the fence about reading this – for the fact that it was about a character they’d never gotten the opportunity to care about – will love it.
It’s ladened with exciting mystery, clever intrigue, and a whole new look at some of our favorite characters from the Twilight series. Learning about the other side of the fight in Eclipse is but a portion of the treat offered here as we get to know just how Bree came to be in that clearing on that fateful day.
Some of the other characters we’d barely gotten to know come back in full view, and a few new, compelling people are brought to the fore as well. Most interestingly, the story provides a supple, unexpected ripple in the events of Eclipse that pieces together some unnoticed dangling ends and makes the story that much more solid.
Heartbreaking, exciting, and so invigorating, the story of Bree Tanner is a need-to-read for any Twilight fan.