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Prequels, sequels, reboots and 'parallequels': the YA fiction revival

With a new Twilight coming in the summer and a Hunger Games novel due next week, Emer O'Hanlon finds solace during lockdown by returning to her teenage favourites

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Vampire love: Edward and Bella in the movie version of Twilight

Vampire love: Edward and Bella in the movie version of Twilight

Prickly yet sympathetic: Katniss from Hunger Games

Prickly yet sympathetic: Katniss from Hunger Games

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Vampire love: Edward and Bella in the movie version of Twilight

Life under lockdown has warped many people's sense of time, but I never felt it as strongly as I did last week. After nearly two months of living with my parents again, facing a recession and losing any semblance of a social life, my regression into teenage years became complete with the news that the final instalment of the Twilight series has a release date. Is it really not 2008 any more?

Yes, Twilight is returning on August 4 with Midnight Sun, a retelling of the events from the perspective of Edward, the sparkly vampire soulmate of protagonist Bella Swann. You may feel that the last thing we need in a post-MeToo world is a detailed account of a centenarian vampire's obsession with a teenage girl. In fact, the idea for Midnight Sun has been around since at least 2008, when its publication was postponed indefinitely after 12 chapters were leaked online. Stephenie Meyer shelved the project, describing the leak as "a huge violation".

Twilight was the series that launched a thousand rip-offs, all featuring supernatural love triangles. But although it seemed to invoke less mania in its fans, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games was just as successful as Twilight, and arguably left a larger cultural footprint behind in the form of the young adult (YA) dystopia boom.