Stephenie Meyer’s latest book, The Short Second Life of Bree Turner stems from one of the books of the Twilight Saga. It has gotten significant attention as it was published after the movie (Eclipse) was shown. The book details the short life (vampire) story of Bree, a new vampire who was “created” to take part in Victoria scheme to avenge her partner’s (James) death.
When I first heard of the book, my initial reaction were, who the hell is Bree? Who reads short stories for the price of Php 495? Why would Meyer create a book about an insignificant vampire who I barely remember? Why would I even buy a book about a vampire who was said to have survived for barely 5 minutes?
As most conflicted people do, I ended up buying the book just to figure it all out and it’s really pretty amazing how books can change your perspective once you’re done reading.
Meyer vividly explained in the foreword why this book ended up being published. I had a really skeptical eye reading through the reasons as I feel like this book is a mere publicity and business stunt, riding upon her success with the original series. Meyer mentioned that this was written to put a character into perspective, to have an opportunity to see things through the eyes of new vampires, who barely knew who they are and what they are supposed to do. At first, I really don’t get it, I guess I’m just looking for Anne Rice’s maturity in writing about vampires through characterization. It was only after watching the movie (again) that I fully understood what Meyer meant.
“The Short Second Life of Bree Turner” describes how the new vampires (or army) that Victoria was preparing “works.” Eclipse (and actually, the Twilight Saga) focused on the perspectives of Bella, Jacob and Edward, which was fine because the story was about them. Bree, gave Meyer the fuel to piece things together by showing that each vampire has their own “issues” to deal with and it all depends on the circumstances they face. The book helped me understand (further) why Jasper was so uptight/why it was dangerous to be a new vampire and why there was so much fuss over it in Breaking Dawn.
It also made me understand (a bit) of how the Volturi works. The Twilight Saga is a bit one-sided when it comes to the Volturi. It only showed the political and personal biases of the members. This book gave me the impression that the Volturi was acting upon the murders at Seattle and is trying to fix the problem roused at Volterra when Edward attempted to reveal himself as a vampire (New Moon).
When it comes to the movie, this book will help you understand why the “attack” looked so weird. I thought it was just a cinematic effect to have the vampires rise from the lake to launch their attack on Bella and for the vampires to die like stones or dust/to not have any blood spilled whenever a vampire dies. It will also help you understand Carlisle’s and Bella’s reaction to Bree when she begged for her life.
It is an interesting read.