I don't know how much good this will do, but I would also like to state for the record that I do not intend to read any pirated or leaked copies of "Midnight Sun". I understand why SM posted it on her site, but I refuse to read it there as well. I want it in a legal, published form - even if it's only the 12 chapters. Perhaps one day - if SM decides she will never continue with Edward's story - there will be a special edition of "Twilight" that includes the 12 chapters as a bonus. This is the only way I will read it, either this way or if SM decides to finish the manuscript and have it published as a stand-alone book.
And let me say that refusing to read the 12 chapters SM posted on her site is a great personal sacrifice to me. Reminiscent, perhaps, of Edward's refual to give in to his instinct of bloodlust in order to do what is right (I know that analogy sounds totally silly, but I am very serious about not reading the manuscript until it is published). I have not been a fan of the "Twilight" series for as long as so many others, but I loved it instantly and craved reading all four books so voraciously that my husband was quite amused at my obsession. I even insisted on reading the first book aloud to him (he falls asleep when he reads, so he can't ever get through a book, lol) because I was certain he would love the story too - and I was right. I, like most "Twilight" fans, have pored over all four of the books several times over so that I could experience the characters and their stories again and again. And each time I am finished, I miss the characters tremendously and crave reading more about them. So when I say that I refuse to read the 12 chapters, it is not said easily or lightly.
I know that I cannot possibly say anything new that no one else is feeling. All I can do is make my own solitary promise not to read the "Midnight Sun" manuscript until it is in a proper published form. If SM ever reads these posts, perhaps she will see our messages of encouragement and be inspired to one day continue with Edward's story. In the meantime, I will enjoy her other books. I would also hope that she does get lots of opportunity to rest and enjoy time with her family. Thanks, Stephenie, for sharing your stories with the world.