Hey, there! Devil's Advocate time, and I'm about to nominate myself PNG (Persona Non Grata) of the day.
(And I haven't even been here 24 hours...such clumsiness could even give pre-change Bella a run for her money. Yeesh...)
I read the authorized posting of the first twelve chapters, and I'm absolutely unashamed I did so. Would I have read the leaked version? Not a chance--though I have to give her kudos for marking each version she handed out in the event something like this happened. But ANYWAY, we're not here about that. We're here about what we thought about the stuff in it.
My thoughts: I like it, and I'd still buy the finished product. Hopefully even two copies, so hubby isn't pawing on my arm until I finish.
I have been very much looking forward to Twilight (any part of it), from an alternate point of view, and this proves my interest is warranted; for a rough draft, it was phenomenal, and any mistakes I might have noticed were minor and didn't interrupt the flow of the story at all. If there are any non-spelling/grammatical changes made, I can only hope it is to flesh out certain areas even further--a couple of the chapters did seem a little short. I hope that when the book is finally released (and I understand she IS still working on it, even if she's walking away from her computer for a bit--can't say I blame her), that the authorized post will still be available for comparisons the way the outtakes and other extra bits for the other four books are available. At the very least, chapter four would be interesting.
I was not expecting Jessica to get any more fleshing out, really; she's about as far into the background as a background character can be and still have presence. Mike's presentation wasn't at all surprising, though it was funny (and fun) to read. Angela, and Edward's plans related thereto, were a bit surprising--but pleasantly so. It almost seems a pity that there couldn't be sort of a human friend-liason thing that could be arranged to better keep an eye on Bella in his more crazy times through her, but that might've just added one more complication that Stephenie didn't want to address; after all, it's a grand melee of human meets vampire meets werewolf in high school. Got drama already? (That, and I guess explaining to Angela why she needed such close watching could get tricky; Edward was already in enough trouble for spilling the beans to someone who knew what "secrecy" meant!)