While Twilight has loads of fans, there are many folks that absolutely despise Twilight and hate how popular it is, but don’t worry haters, it’s not ALL bad. After just a few months in bookstores, sales of Stephenie Meyer’s novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, have raised over $1.5 million for the American Red Cross. See, not all bad. Meyer and her publisher Little, Brown, pledged a dollar from each book’s sales to the agency’s International Response Fund.
“I’m so grateful that Little, Brown, the American Red Cross, and my fans made this generous gift possible,” Stephenie said in a statement. “It’s amazing to have the opportunity to help those so greatly in need.”
A check was presented to American Red Cross representatives earlier this month, and they were absolutely thrilled. “The generous contribution of Little, Brown to the IRF is essential to the ability of the American Red Cross to provide help and hope for people during their darkest hours,” said David Meltzer of the American Red Cross. “This kind of donation helps us provide a depth and breadth of services which is hard to match.”
Even though I’m not a Twilight fan, I can still respect and admire Stephenie Meyer and Little, Brown for doing this for a great cause. Major props to them.
For those living under a rock:
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the story of Bree Tanner (obviously), who first appeared briefly as a newborn vampire in Meyer’s Eclipse.
“A self-described “vampire nerd,” Bree recounts her adventures as she roams Seattle fulfilling her thirst for blood. In a passionate introduction, Meyer reiterates what Eclipse readers already know: Bree has few nights left on Earth. As she joins her red-eyed coven in battle against yellow-eyed adversaries that, while foreign to Bree, will be instantly recognizable to millions of human readers, she finds her first (kissable) friend and discovers a truth about daylight. Formatted as one long, breathless chapter, this novella includes the same casual language and elements of suspense and romance found in the Twilight quartet, and interlocking characters and dialogue fit it easily into Bree and Bella’s scene in Eclipse.”