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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Author Stephenie Meyer

Country United States

Series Twilight series

Genre(s) Young adult, fantasy

Publisher Little, Brown

Publication date June 5, 2010

Media type Print (Hardcover)

Pages 178 (Hardcover)[1]

ISBN ISBN 1-907-41036-8

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a companion novella to the Twilight
series by author Stephenie Meyer. It tells the story of a newborn vampire, Bree
Tanner, who is featured in the third book of the series, Eclipse. The book is written
from the viewpoint of Bree, as opposed to the rest of the series which is
predominantly narrated by character Bella Swan.[1] Meyer let director David Slade,
screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and a few of the actors read a draft of the story
during production of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.[2]

Contents

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• 1 Plot summary

• 2 Characters

• 3 Publication history

o 3.1 Development

o 3.2 Release

o 3.3 Tie-in with movie

• 4 Reception

• 5 References

• 6 External links

[edit] Plot summary

The story begins with Bree and Diego hunting for human blood in Seattle,
Washington. Bree has been a vampire for three months, and Diego has been one for
eleven months. Together they kill and drink a pimp, two prostitutes and two
homeless people. Bree and Diego talk about "her" (Victoria) and ask why she is
turning so many people into vampires. Diego thinks something is coming, and that
"she" is using them as protection. They hide in a cave and discuss their human
lives, and how Riley came to offer them a second life as a vampire. Together they
decide that Riley is using them as pawns for protection, and that he might be lying
to them. They also discover that sunlight does not kill a vampire, but makes their
skin sparkle. They become friends and decide to form a "club," spending the day
"playing ninja," looking for Riley and the other vampires they live with. They find
that Riley had relocated everyone to a log cabin and Diego gets into a fight with
Raoul, an arrogant newborn, but another newborn, "Freaky Fred," uses his repelling
power to stop Raoul from killing them. That night Bree and Diego stalk Riley,
suspicious that he is meeting with "her." They eavesdrop on Riley's conversation
with Victoria. Eventually the Volturi show up, threatening to punish Victoria for
amassing a vampire army but willing to give her army a chance to destroy the
Cullens. The Volturi say that if Victoria does not attack within five days, they will kill
her.

Bree returns to the log cabin and resolves to run away, while Diego stays behind to
talk to Riley. Riley returns to the cabin alone and tells his vampire army that there
are older vampires in Seattle (the Cullens) who want to kill them, and if they want to
survive, they will have to work together and learn how to fight. Riley tells Bree that
Diego is doing surveillance work with "her" and will return to join them in the fight.
After three nights of training, Bree and the vampires hunt a ferry boat to drink the
passengers' blood and regain their strength for the battle against the elder
vampires. Riley then tells everyone that the vampires they will be fighting have
yellow eyes and keep a human (Bella) as a pet, giving them Bella's scent to hunt.
They head off to fight the Cullens. Fred decides to run away to Vancouver before
the battle, and Riley retreats, telling Bree that Diego has already started fighting
with the group. Bree arrives at the battle to find the newborn vampires being killed
by the Cullens, and thinks that Diego is already dead because she cannot see or
smell him anywhere. She deduces that Victoria and Riley killed Diego for being
disobedient the night he went missing. Bree surrenders to the Cullens. They debate
whether or not to kill her and decide to restrain her until the Volturi arrive. Bree has
trouble resisting the urge to drink Bella's blood. The Volturi show up and interrogate
Bree for information. She explains that Riley lied to her and everyone else, and if
they did not do as they were told they would be killed. She uses her thoughts to tell
Edward that the Volturi had allowed the army to attack the Cullens. The book ends
with the Volturi deciding to kill Bree, and Edward tells Bella to close her eyes. Bree
thinks that Edward is talking to her. She closes her eyes, and is instantly killed.

[edit] Characters

• Bree Tanner: The narrator of the story. She was 15, almost 16, when she
became a vampire. Bree was introduced as a three month old newborn in
Eclipse. Bree's father had been hitting her after her mother left them. She ran
away from home and was living in the streets of Seattle when Riley found
her. She was starving, and either ate out of garbage cans, or attempted to
steal food. Riley asked, "Want a burger, kid?" and then took her to Victoria
who turned her into a vampire. Bree, like other newborn vampires, believed
in the urban vampire stories and was afraid of the sun and wooden stakes.
Later when Diego showed her they weren't true, she was relieved, but wasn't
sure if they should tell Riley. She didn't trust Riley that much. Bree is
confused in Riley's true plans and tries to figure out the truth with Diego. She
also doesn't know all the rules of the vampire world because Riley never
explained to any of the newborns. She likes to read and develops a crush on
Diego during the book. Bree could have run away from the fight and left with
Fred but she went back to look for her Diego. Bree surrenders to the Cullens
but in the end the Volturi destroy her.
• Diego: Bree's friend, who eventually falls in love with her and is alluded to be
her "mate." He was 18 when he was turned into a vampire. He was trapped in
an alley when he killed the leader of a gang who killed his brother. He was
rescued by Riley, who offered him a new life. Diego considers Riley, besides
Bree, one of his best friends and trusts him, but he still doubts Riley's
motives. Diego confronts Riley on the urban vampire stories about the sun
burning them telling Riley it wasn't true. It is suggested that Riley and
Victoria brutally killed Diego.

• Riley: The leader of the newborns. He gets his orders from Victoria. He is
responsible for finding troubled children and bringing them to Victoria so she
can change them into vampires. He is described by Bree as beautiful, just like
all vampires are. At first she likes him, but after she has been changed into a
vampire, she becomes distrustful and suspicious of him. Riley is said to be
very fond of Diego and in love with Victoria.

• 'Freaky' Fred: Develops friendship with Bree. Fred has the power to repel
others. He uses this to keep other newborns away from him. Because of this
they call him Freaky Fred. Bree has a habit of hiding behind him to keep
herself away from the attention of Raoul and Kristie and their gangs. Fred is
also described as handsome, has blond hair, and looked like his age is of a
college student. Among all the vampires who have decided to fight, he is the
only one who decides to run away. He asks Bree to join him but she decides
to first go back to find Diego.

• Raoul: One of the leaders of a gang of newborns. Bree strongly dislikes him.
He seems to have the power to attract people, although this power only
seems to work on people who are dimwitted. He is very competitive and
definitely not the smartest. He and his gang has a rivalry with Kristie and her
gang until Riley forces everyone to work together against the Cullens.

• Victoria: Victoria gives Riley orders to create an army to battle Bella and the
Cullen clan. She gives directions which includes telling lies to the newborns
but she also lies to Riley which is exposed in Eclipse: Victoria pretends to love
Riley when she truly loved James (the reason for creating the vampire army).
During the battle, both she and Riley are destroyed by Edward Cullen and
Seth Clearwater. Bree and the rest of the newborns have never met Victoria,
their creator. Riley tells the newborns it is to protect themselves and that
their minds were not safe but it was not totally true. Though the newborns'
thoughts were not safe, the newborns could not see Victoria for her safety,
not theirs, due to Alice's ability to the read the future. She (Alice) was
focused on Victoria's choices but was not 'tuned in' to the newborns.

[edit] Publication history

[edit] Development
According to Stephenie Meyer, she began writing the story while she was editing
Eclipse.[1] Later, she planned on including it in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: The
Official Guide:

"This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in
between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the
concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a
good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of
the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement
in the Guide."[2]

The resulting story became too long to be included in the Guide, and so it became a
stand-alone book.[2]

[edit] Release

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner had an initial print run of 1.5 million copies.[3]
It was released in stores on June 5, 2010,[1] and was available for free viewing from
June 7 to July 5 on the book's official website.[3] For every book sold, one dollar will
be donated to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.[3]
For those who take advantage of the free viewing there will be an option for the
individual to make a donation as well. The online version of the book is for viewing
only and not offered as a download.

Two weeks after its release, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was on USA
Today's best-seller list. Publisher Little, Brown estimated that 700,000 copies were
sold in the United States, and 75,000 people read the entire book online for free.[4]
Bree Tanner also became one of the fastest selling books in the UK having sold
89,549 copies, at an average of 79 copies per minute, in less than nineteen hours. It
is also the third fastest selling hardback title in the UK, behind Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows and The Lost Symbol.[5] In its first full week in the UK, it sold
136,995 copies and was described as an "incredible achievement for a book that
has been free to view online" and making Meyer the second most successful young
fiction author in the UK market, only behind JK Rowling.[6][7]

[edit] Tie-in with movie

In 2009 Summit Entertainment approached author Stephenie Meyer to ask for a


draft of the book for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Meyer gave a draft to the cast and
crew of the film to get to know more about Bree. Meyer also gave a copy to
screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. The book is set to be adapted into the film. The
film was released in IMAX in theatres on June 30, 2010.

[edit] Reception

Reception for Bree Tanner has been mostly positive. Fox News described the book
as a "riveting story" and commented, "In another irresistible combination of danger,
mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the
newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following
their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion."[8] USA Today also responded with a
positive review and noted, "Reading Bree's story enriches our reading of the
Twilight saga and will enhance enjoyment of the Eclipse movie".[9] Kat Lay of The
News of the World lauded Bree Tanner as "bloody fangtastic", and the author's final
word on the book was, "You really sympathise with this creature as she struggles
not to kill heroine Bella. Meyer is great at tugging the heart strings one moment and
making you draw back in shock the next".[10]

[edit] References

1. ^ a b c d Carol Memmott (2010-04-02). "Meyer grants Twilight saga's Bree


Tanner a 'Second Life'". USA Today.
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2010-03-30-
breetanner30_ST_N.htm. Retrieved 2010-04-02.

2. ^ a b c "Eclipse Spinoff in the Works". ReelzChannel. 2010-03-30.


http://www.reelzchannel.com/movie-news/6252/eclipse-spinoff-in-the-works.
Retrieved 2010-04-02.

3. ^ a b c Carolyn Kellogg (2010-03-31). "Stephenie Meyer's new vampire book


will benefit the Red Cross". Los Angeles Times.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/03/stephenie-meyers-new-
vampire-book-will-benefit-the-red-cross.html. Retrieved 2010-04-02.

4. ^ Keith Staskiewicz (2010-06-18). "Stephenie Meyer's 'The Short Second Life


of Bree Tanner' tops best-seller lists in U.S. and U.K.". Entertainment Weekly.
http://shelf-life.ew.com/2010/06/18/bree-tanner-best-seller-stephenie-meye/.
Retrieved 2010-06-22.

5. ^ Philip Stone (2010-06-08). "Bree Tanner boosts trade, selling 79 copies a


minute". The Bookseller. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/120263-bree-
tanner-boosts-trade-selling-79-copies-a-minute.html. Retrieved 2010-08-16.

6. ^ Philip Stone (2010-06-08). "Meyer outsells competitor Cornwell five to one".


The Bookseller. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/120799-meyer-outsells-
competitor-cornwell-five-to-one.html. Retrieved 2010-08-16.

7. ^ "Stephenie Meyer's latest book tops UK sales chart". Foyles. 2010-06-16.


http://www.foyles.co.uk/news-19840032-Stephenie+Meyer
%27s+latest+book+tops+UK+sales+chart. Retrieved 2010-08-16.

8. ^ "Bree Tanner - Twilight Saga". MyFoxDC. Fox News.


http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/entertainment/bree-tanner-twilight-saga-
060710. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
9. ^ Carol Memmott (2010-06-07). "Stephenie Meyer's 'Bree Tanner' will suck
you in". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/reviews/2010-06-07-
meyerrev07_ST_N.htm. Retrieved 2010-07-16.

10.^ Kat Lay. "Twilight book launched and ... It's bloody fangtastic".
Newsoftheworld.Com.
http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/showbiz/838017/Twilight-book-launched-
and-Its-bloody-fangtastic-Fans-sink-their-teeth-into-new-novel.html. Retrieved
2010-07-16.

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