Stephenie Meyer's mysterious countdown on her website is driving fans wild

Stephenie Meyer needs no introduction. She is the author of the bestselling Twilight series of novels that were adapted to blockbuster movies starring Robert Pattinson and Kirsten Stewart. Twilight is about Bella Swan, an ordinary girl who falls in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire. Their story lasts for three more books: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

The book series began in 2005 and ended with the release of the last book in 2008. The first movie of the saga was released in 2008, and the adaptation of the last book Breaking Dawn was divided into two movies in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Since then, Meyer has released two novels for adults: The Host (2008) and The Chemist (2016). She also has written Twilight-related works such as Life and Death and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

Recently, her website displayed an unexplained countdown on its homepage set to end on Monday, May 4. There is no description, only links to social media pages of her film production company Fickle Fish Films.

This has led Twilight fans to speculate about what project the author is about to release. Many say that it might be her shelved novel Midnight Sun. Years ago, Meyer was writing the story of Twilight from the perspective of Edward with the working title Midnight Sun. However, an early draft of the book was leaked which led Meyer to halt the project.

In a post on her blog about Midnight Sun, she had said, "I’m going to try to have it published as a complementary novel to Twilight. It will take a while because I can only work on it between editing stints, but I hope that someday I’ll be able to see Midnight Sun on the bookstore shelves."

A rough draft of the novel's first chapter is also available on her website for readers.

Some speculate that she might be releasing a new book or Twilight spin-off, or a film project with her production company.

What exactly is the author up to? I guess we'll find out when the countdown ends on May 4. Meanwhile, I'm going to try reading the Twilight series again.

Here are some fans' reactions from Twitter and Tumblr:

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