The story’s been all over the Internet – on FaceBook, blogs, the news media, even Meyer’s own site.
The Wall Street Journal had some interesting stats:
Her first three books -- "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse" -- have sold more than 7.5 million copies in the U.S. Her much-anticipated "Breaking Dawn," published Aug. 2, has nearly four million copies in print in the U.S., according to her publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Lagardère SCA's Hachette Livre.The majority of her fans seem to be sympathetic over what has happened, despite that it may mean they won’t get the “final” installment of the series. Some fans are mad that she’s letting her “bruised ego” get in-between them and their vampire fix.
Although all of Mrs. Meyer's books, including "The Host," a science-fiction title issued in May, have been published by Little, Brown in the U.S., the author had fulfilled her contractual obligations, which means she could have sold "Midnight Sun" to the highest bidder if she so chose. One literary agent estimates that Mrs. Meyer could have sold the domestic rights for that title alone for more than $5 million.
Since the leaked manuscript first was posted to the Web, more than 154 copies of the excerpt have appeared on 42 different Web sites, according to an initial scan of the Web by Attributor, a Redwood City, Calif.-based start-up that tracks and analyzes where content appears on the Web. On the Web pages where the excerpt appeared, 82% had ads.
The writers I know are sympathetic to her. I don’t know of any author who would not be devastated that someone, especially a friend, posted their work online, in draft form, without permission, after the author had worked for months on it. It was a huge betrayal.
Publishers Weekly quoted Meyer’s publisher as saying:
“While no decisions have been made at this time regarding the publication of Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer is currently at work on other writing projects."eFluxMedia seemed to have sympathy for Meyer, saying:
It must take a lot for an artist to have their work pretty much stolen from them and still be able to say they understand the incident.But then we come to Horror Yearbook.
All I have to say is “OMG RELAX” there is no way, with the cash cow that Twilight books are, that they won’t release the last in the series, leak or no leak. Maybe this is why Meyer is so good at writing young adult fiction, because she knows how to throw a hissy fit like one.S/he doesn’t have a way to leave a comment on the blog. S/he only has a “Share and Enjoy” button to go with the ads on the site.
I say the blogger at Horror Yearbook is (keeping it G-rated) an idiot. What do you think?