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Definitely Not A Must Read For Twilight Fans
on July 20, 2010
I'm a big fan of author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga and devoured all four books in that series with distinct pleasure, raving about them to those who would listen. When I heard that Meyer had released an Eclipse novella called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, I knew I wanted to read it. While the Twilight Saga is definitely a literary phenomenon, this short story about the minor character of newborn vampire Bree Tanner, seems superfluous at best. I barely remembered Bree from Eclipse and probably would have forgotten her altogether if I hadn't just seen the movie Eclipse a couple of weeks ago. I suspect that it's no coincidence that Bree's novella was released last month, just before the theatrical release of Eclipse, particularly since Meyer allowed director David Slade and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and a few of the actors to read a draft of the novella during the production of the movie.
I read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner in one sitting and while I enjoyed the story and thought it was fun to take a closer look at this character as well as the characters of Riley, Diego and Freaky Fred, I don't feel that it's a must read for Twilight fans. They won't gain much insight into the series by reading this novella and this is not a romantic novel by any stretch of the imagination.
In The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner we are privy to Bree's experience as a newborn and the suspense that builds amongst all of Victoria's secret newborn army as they prepare to attack Bella Swan and the Cullens. Victoria, herself, is alluded to in this novella but only mentioned by name once and the Volturi have only a shadowy presence as well. We know 15-year-old Bree's fate at the beginning of the book, so there are absolutely no surprises within it.
"As part of the larger publishing release, one dollar from each physical book sold will be donated to the American Red Cross," so that may be reason enough to buy it, and at a retail price of CDN$16.99, it's affordable. However, if you're a Twilight fan who is pinching her pennies, don't bother with the Bree Tanner novella because you're not missing out on much.