Should the Twilight author pull her book?
September 6, 2008 3:58pm CST
After the unauthorized publication of her rough three chapters of the final book of the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer has stated that she isn't going to finish the book. That may have changed, but I haven't heard anything. She felt that the violation of her copyright was extreme enough to prevent her from finishing it. How do her fans, or anybody else feel about that? Personally, I think she is doing a disservice to her loyal fans by not finishing the series. But, what do you think? What about the violation of her copyright? How do the fans feel that someone published her work before she was ready?
6 Sep 08
Yes, but the book is her intellectual property. Whoever posted that stole from her directly. It is likely she lost trust in her publisher and thus is pulling it from being published there, however she is likely under contract and can't publish it with anyone else. The fans should be outraged at the person who published her unfinished work thus jeopardizing the finished work.
• United States
7 Sep 08
Agreed that the fans should be outraged. But doesn't she owe it to her fans to get beyond all of that and finish the series? As for the publisher being behind this, from what I've read, they were as innocent in all of this as the author. It was one of her readers who did this to her. She said she could pin-point the person because of disparities between the drafts she sent out. If she can ascertain who betrayed her and stole her work, why punish everyone else? Shouldn't that person be the one to be held accountable? While it will be more difficult for her to redraft the book, it's not impossible. Also, even with the publication, it was only a rough draft and a partial at that. There is still plenty of meat for her to present to her fans. But the work is hers, and what she decides is her right. Don't you think her fans have a right be upset at both parties, the copyright infringer and the author? They didn't do anything wrong.
9 Sep 08
If she can ascertain that I doubt she'll pull the book entirely, but rather pull it until that person is forced to pay for what they did. If the publisher is completely blameless then I highly doubt she'll not go ahead and publish the book eventually, it will just be delayed a bit.
• United States
22 Sep 08
Apparently, one of her beta readers is who leaked the book. These are readers of her choosing to test the book out before submitting it to the publisher. I haven't checked on it recently, but she seemed quite certain that this was it. This leak irritated her enough that she would shelve the entire thing.