Why doesn't Stephenie Meyer continue writing books after "Breaking Dawn"? Not just any book, but one that continues the story after Breaking Dawn.

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Often authors (such as J. K. Rowling, for example) have the entire and/or general series in their minds at the start.  When this series ends, as in the case of both Rowling and Meyer, there is nothing more to write.  The story has closure.  The cynical answer is that both authors have enough money for both themselves as well as their great-great grandchildren to live out their lives in comfort.  Why go through the great pressure of writing more?

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This series is over, but if you enjoy Meyers' writing, I would suggest reading "The Host." She explores some similar themes in that work and her characterization is excellent. "The Host" is a very unique and different take on alien invasion, exploring themes of humanity, individuality, and love. I'm sure that with Stephenie Meyers' success she will continue to write, so I think we'll have plenty of her work to read in the years to come. 

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Look at it this way: What if a movie were made of every book. Edward and Bella are supposed to be 17 and 18 forever. After awhile, the actors are going to start aging and no amount of makeup will make them look like teenagers. What to do? Hire new actors? Somehow explain that they have mysteriously aged? Make the actors have plastic surgery?

Sometimes it's just best to stop while you're ahead.

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Wouldn't it be great if our favorite series went on forever? Sadly, they all have to end. In the FAQ section of her website, Meyer indicates she's ending the series with that book because the series is Bella's story, and it would be natural /logical to end it there.


Now, that said, many writers return to series after they think they've ended them. We'll hope Meyer does.

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Meyer began a fifth book titled Midnight Sun. It was basically over the events that took place during Twilight, the first book, but told in the first person point of view through Edward Cullen's perspective. Because Edward was so secretive and mysterious, this form of storytelling allowed many questions to be answered (how he felt about people, what his insecurities were, what he did when Bella wasn't around, etc.).

Unfortunately, in the summer of 2008, the first draft of the novel was leaked and posted illegally on the Internet. At first, Meyer was so upset that she decided to stop working on the book altogether. Instead she posted the draft on her Web site so that her fans would not feel as though they were cheating her if they read it elsewhere. She has since changed her mind and has put off working on the book "indefinitely," so there still is hope. Let's get to wishing!

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