I am surprised to be so disappointed, and then again, I guess I am not.
I always resented the way the books and movies were disparaged, mostly because the misogyny was the obvious driver behind the comments. Um, now I have no way to credibly defend it, thanks to Stephenie Meyer's chauvinistic send-up in Midnight Sun.
I had expected Ms Meyer might have gleaned a bit of modern thinking from her time away from Brigham Young, particularly when it comes to the toxicity of the patriarchy. I had enjoyed Edward's flawed character seen from a young girl's naive eyes. I felt that Edward was so removed from society that he did not see his own selfishness clearly, and he became redeemed by his love and appreciation by a more modern and humanistic Bella. For example, Edward was too controlling, too sure of himself, and Bella taught him to let her lead, and to listen. After reading Midnight Sun, I can see I was wrong, and I gave his character too much credence.
So, I liked the first three books, despite their flaws. Imagine my growing dismay finding example after example that Edward is an unapologetic misogynist. Just look at how he sees Rose, and you will see a man devoid of understanding of what it is like to walk in a woman's shoes, particularly if she is a victim of sexual assault. Look at how he judges Angela as his preferred friend to Bella because her mind is blank, without wants or needs, and is satisfyingly maternal. Contrast that with his open dislike of Jessica, who asks questions and he sees as too loud. That Edward thinks he is entitled to an opinion on who Bella is friends with or not is pretty telling. Look at how he falls into a long passage comparing his approval of Bella's shape in her blue blouse, and his disapproval over her 'hideous sweater' which is bulky and Bella chose sensibly for warmth.
He is the poster boy for toxic masculinity. There are endless examples of Edward's unchecked patriarchal entitlement, and the misogyny is just laid on too thick to ignore. Whatever benefit of the doubt I had summoned before is now long gone. Edward POV is frankly appalling and has ruined any affection I once held for the series.
That this flagrant misogyny got a pass from her publisher after all this time, after the MeToo movement ...well, to them I say: Know better, do better.
I have read Twilight fanfiction that has put Ms Meyer's writing to shame, and it's often commented that Meyer's writing from Twilight to Breaking Dawn actually got more clumsy, rather than improving. The long explanations in Edward's POV are not only tedious, but full of cliches and empty hyperbole. Meyer's 'juvenilia' crimes include overuse of the adverb, and endless telling not showing. Such poor writing despite having access to the best editors is puzzling. I couldn't believe the the ham-handed attempt to retro-fit Persephone's pomegranate seed into Bella's mushroom ravioli. He complains about driving too slow, but then describes how his car 'flew' down the road. How about Edward has two medical degrees, but he's unsure what a teenager needs for nutrition at lunch. He also seems unaware of what going into shock looks like, or how to treat it. Cringe.
I always gave Meyer kudos for her characters, but after reading this display of writing gaffes layered with patriarchal nonsense, not anymore. Meyer had once boasted she was the latest Jane Austen. To her I would have advised: better to leave this mess unpublished, then to remove all doubt you don't even come close.