Stephenie Meyer's 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' tops best-seller lists in U.S. and U.K.

bree-tannerTwilight fans are, unsurprisingly, sinking their fangs into/slaking their thirst with/insert vampire pun here for Stephenie Meyer’s The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. The new novella currently tops USA Today’s best-seller list and Little, Brown estimates they have already sold 700,000 copies in the United States. Deadline reports that that the British bookstore chain Waterstones expects to sell more copies of Bree Tanner than of any other book this year.

You’d think we’d be immune to being impressed by the monomaniacal buying patterns of Twilight fans, and you’d be right. Bree Tanner is only 192 pages, a fraction of the length of the author’s last book. But I supposed a small fix of Twilight is better than no fix at all.

What really makes Bree Tanner‘s sales remarkable, though, is the fact that the novella is also available  for free online at until July 5 (the site does not permit you to print the text or to download it to an e-reader, so you have to click through the virtual pages on your computer screen). That means fans of the series are standing in line and shelling out their money in droves for something they could consume without opening their wallets. Even so, Little, Brown estimates that only 75,000 people have read the book in its entirety on the website.

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  • Ripley

    See Stephenie Meyer, we will pay for something that is free. Now please release Midnight Sun!

  • Ambient Lite

    I haven’t tackled it yet – have any of you read it??

  • StewyFan

    Haven’t read it yet, but I have heard good things.

    • cara

      Yeah, I read it the day it became available online. Look, I’m a Twihard, late to the game, but an addict all the same…but Short Life is lame. It reads like she wrote the book after watching a movie about Bree. Kinda one dimensional and flat. But it does succeed in laying the groundwork for plausible expansion and adjustment of Volturi involvement before the battle with the newborns. If you’re into Twiworld you have to read Short Life though.

  • nodnarb

    Hmm, slaking… I learned a new word. The day hasn’t been a complete loss!

  • Shannon

    I read it for free online. I was pleasantly suprised – it helped bring the entire battle in Eclipse full circle.

    My one complaint is that there are no page breaks. All 192 pages run together without a pause.

  • Sia

    Loved that book ! I couldn’t put it down. Thank you Stephenie and I look forward to Midnight Sun whenever your ready. I’m in no hurry.

  • Krista

    Pleeeeease Stephenie will you release Midnight
    Sun soon? I’m dying to read it all and I can’t wait
    forever. It just feels like forever until you release it.

    • cara

      Krista..I so agree with you! Midnight Sun is better than the other Twilight novels. It reveals so much that was going on by the time Edward saved Bella from being smushed in the parking lot. What was going on in his head and the tension in the Cullen clan was interesting. I so wish Stephenie would finish it. I’ve read it a few times. If the material from Midnight Sun had been incorporated into the Twilight movie it would have been sooo much more interesting and energetic.

      • Blip

        Yes. It reveals, once and for all, that he’s an obnoxious stalker creep.

    • Sigit

      Hey, Nicole-I’m new to the whole Twilight business and read them with a crteain degree of detached skepticism. I just finished New Moon and have reserved a copy of Eclipse from the library. they are entertaining. I even borrowed the movies on DVD from Alisa’s friend. Alisa likes the movies okay, but isn’t what I’d call a die-hard Twilight addict or even worthy of being considered a card-carrying member of their fan club. I’ll have to get the whole run-down of books as I feel I’m missing some. -EW

  • Lilly

    Read it.. was a piece of crap.
    It was like fanfiction of her own series. :/

    • Amy

      But wasn’t that Breaking Dawn? :P I’ll admit, I enjoyed the books and even defended them against naysayers… until I read the fourth one. And “bad fanfiction” pretty much sums it up.

  • aaaa

    read a review , it killed any hopes my friend had of me reading it.

  • AllyKat

    Loved it. Can’t wait for more of the Vampire Dynasty from Stephenie Meyer. Great addition to the already remarkable collection. Thank You Stephenie! Patiently awaiting MidNight Sun.

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