Stephenie Meyer's Next Book: What She Should Write
Once "The Host" opens in theaters March 29th, all five of Stephenie Meyer's books will have hit the silver screen. We can't imagine a world in which we're not obsessing over a supernatural love triangle, or which actors are fighting for the roles of our favorite characters. So, just in case Meyer is looking for suggestions for her next book, we've got five new genres for her to play in! With YA and sci-fi under her belt, she'd be a natural at mystery thrillers, quirky chick lit--or even telling her own story in full--at last!
This could be an easy transition, since Meyer is used to writing high-stakes plots and plucky heroines--we’re envisioning a more tech-savvy Nancy Drew who’s not afraid to suffer a few scratches to uncover a clue. While we’d suggest moving the action outside of Forks, she should create an equally ominous and foggy small town as the perfect setting for a murderour whodunit.
Raise your hand if you miss the "Dear America" books! Sketching out the "Twilight" vampires' past lives has given Meyer plenty of experience with establishing different time periods, down to the most convincing minor details. It would also present Meyer with the crucial challenge of writing a female protagonist whose life doesn’t revolve around a forbidden love story.
Meyer’s novice writing style inspired the hilarious blog Reasoning with Vampires, but aside from a few meta moments in the books, she was never trying to be funny. Now imagine that she turns her lens on society--maybe commenting on the preteens and soccer moms who make up her Twihard ranks? Or even tackling modern issues like Internet addiction or overpopulation? Chuck Klosterman, eat your heart out.
Then again, why take Meyer away from the sweeping epics she’s so good at? Especially if she can write an adventure for readers too young for "Game of Thrones" but into high fantasy! Without a doubt, the woman who changed the rules of undead lore by creating a sparkling vampire must have some unexpected updates in mind for mermaids, unicorns and dragons.
Meyer’s greatest challenge could be penning another compelling epic on young romance without falling back on the metaphors of the undead to talk about love and sex. Still, chick lit allows for a bit of quirky shtick: We could see her taking a page from Rainbow Rowell’s "Attachments," which tells a love story entirely through office email. She’s already got one trope of the genre--the clumsy heroine--down pat.
It’s a pretty unique story: Mormon housewife turns racy dream into lucrative franchise. The "Female Force: Stephenie Meyer" comic book did a less-than-deal job of telling this, so why not let Meyer do it herself? One of the smartest things that she’s done is level with her fans online by posting “deleted” scenes and her own Photoshopped book covers on her website. This would be like all those behind-the-scenes treats in one place, a must-have collector’s item.