Who is Bree Tanner?

Can you believe it’s been two years since Breaking Dawn, the final book in the Twilight Saga, was published? Since then two films have been released, (with the third on its way in July) and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have become household names.

Now for the first time in two years, a brand new book by Stephenie Meyer has been announced. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella will be publishing simultaneously worldwide on 5 June.

But who is Bree Tanner?’ I hear you ask.

Only very ardent Twilighters will remember Bree Tanner, who was introduced on page 504 of Eclipse and was killed nine pages later.


So here is a cheat sheet:

·        *She was part of the army of new-born vampires that Victoria created in Seattle to destroy Bella Swan. This army went on a rampage in Seattle, killing many under the guise of a serial killer. During the battle with Edward Cullen’s family, she surrenders and is told that her life will be spared. Unfortunately for her, she’s broken to Volturi’s laws and the leader of them has other plans for Bree…

·      * This new book will explain everything that happened in Seattle during the making of the newborn vampire army

·      *The character Bree features in the upcoming movie Eclipse, released on 1 July.  *The actress who will play Bree is fifteen year old Canadian Jodelle Ferland, who has appeared in TV series such as Smallville and Dark Angel, as well as many feature films including  Case 39 with Renee Zellweger, Wonderful World with Matthew Broderick and the lead role in Tideland . Click here to watch an interview with her

  St* Sephenie Meyer was originally going to include this back story in The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide (which is confirmed for release later this year). She statred on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the Guide.”
As a special thank you to fans, Meyer is giving them exclusive access to the novel on a dedicated website,, from June 7 to July 5, 2010 where fans from around the world will be able to read the book online in English. “I’d always considered The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner as something for the fans,” said Meyer. “They have been so supportive of all things Twilight.”

“This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew.

At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.”  – Stephenie Meyer on

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a novella told from the point of view of Bree, a character originally featured in Eclipse.  The novella (at 192 pages) will be released at 12:05 p.m. in Western Australia, 1:35 p.m. in South Australia and the Northern Territory, 2:05 p.m. on the East Coast of Australia on Saturday 5th June, 2010 in hardcover priced at $22.99.  



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