It’s time to unearth those gorgeous Supré t-shirts emblazoned with slogans “I <3 Edward” and “Forget Princess I’d Rather Be A Vampire” because we’re about to experience a Twilight renaissance. Stephenie Meyer — the author behind the saga, has announced that her long-awaited novel Midnight Sun, will be released on August 4th.

Fellow Twi-hards will remember that leaks of Midnight Sun made their way online in the peak of our Cullen-induced hysteria. The novel will explore Edward’s life from his perspective.

“I thought seriously about delaying this announcement until things were back to normal,” Stephenie Meyer shared in a statement. “However, that felt wrong, considering how long those who are eager for this book have already waited.”

She added: “I know how much I personally need distractions right now, how much I need something to look forward to, and most of all, how much I need more books to read. So, I hope this book gives my readers a little pleasure to anticipate and, after it arrives, a chance to live in an imaginary world for a while.”

Midnight Sun will be released in hardcover, large print, e-book and audio editions.  Publisher Little, Brown said the book would see Meyer draw “on the classic myth of Hades and Persephone”, in “an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love”.

“This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire,” said the publisher. “As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?”

This is truly the beacon of hope I needed to get me through my isolation blues. I am furiously manifesting a future where Ben and Josh Safdie are handed the Midnight Sun directorial ropes, enlist Robert Pattinson and transform Forks, Phoenix into a neon-bled vampire fever dream. This is what we meant when we were pleading for a cultural reset.

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