That stated, it is genuinely a special perspective; the place Bella was so oblivious to her personal attract in Twilight, Edward is hyper-aware of every little thing. His fixed cataloguing—of high-school trivia, of each potential menace that would befall clumsy disaster-magnet Bella, of the lots of of blushes that darken her pores and skin—creates a high-strung narrative obsessive about not lacking a single element, lest it convey his carefully-crafted management crashing down round him. Whereas he initially takes with no consideration his expertise for studying individuals’s minds, the invention that he can't learn Bella’s ideas throws him off-balance. Because the Twilight collection has drawn ire for sometimes making Bella a passive determine in her personal destiny, this turning of the tables—of Edward not figuring out if she needs or fears him—is appreciated. Let him (figuratively) sweat a bit.
However as a result of these star-crossed lovers are so inexorably drawn to one another, it’s particularly tough to make a retelling that doesn’t simply copy-and-paste the identical dialogue however swap the pronouns and correct nouns. Meyer does what she will inside the constraints that she created fifteen years in the past. It helps that Bella sleeps, and Edward doesn’t; whereas we all know that he creepily watches her for a minimum of one REM cycle every evening, he does spend some time away from her, together with his personal vampire household.
The Cullens are the one actual facet of the story that Meyer can broaden. Uncommon even by vampire requirements, they're greater than only a coven, even when they’re sure much less by shared blood than by shared bloodlust (or, extra precisely, their covenant to tame these predatory impulses). To this household tree Meyer provides leaves and blooms, constructing out the backstories of every Cullen, however particularly Rosalie and Alice, by way of Edward’s strained and tender dynamics with every.
The one factor that Midnight Sun does is present one thing of an inexpensive context for Edward’s downright ridiculous protectiveness of his mortal love. Although he can't learn Bella’s thoughts, he can be a part of his telepathic expertise to Alice’s affinity for visions of potential futures; by way of his sister’s eyes, he can scan forward to numerous hypothetical penalties of his actions. This lends a dramatic irony to how he goes about first avoiding, after which courting, and finally saving, Bella.
But even with this added benefit, at occasions Edward appears actually ignorant of how his phrases and actions pluck at Bella’s fragile feelings, not understanding why sure bouts of protectiveness make her go weak on the knees (when he assumes she needs to be quavering in worry) or get indignant at being underestimated (when he expects her to assume like a predator defending prey). His personal obliviousness is laughable, however a small value to pay for slogging by way of the identical overwrought narrative.