No gym membership? No workout equipment? No problem! We have dozens of at-home workouts that even the busiest of moms can perform, and this is our new favorite. We triple-dog-dare you to complete the entire alphabet! All you have to do is set aside 20 to 25 minutes, blast some of your favorite tunes and work through the alphabet by performing the exercise next to the corresponding letter.

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A: 10 Crunches: The crunch is the grandfather of core workouts. Why? Because just like our own grandfathers, this move has been around since the stone ages — and that’s because it works! Read more about this move in our fitness index.

  • Step 1: Lie on your back on a mat with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and heels a comfortable distance (12-18″) away from your seat. Place your hands behind your head. Pull your shoulder blades together and your elbows back without arching your low back or causing your ribs to splay out. This elbow position should be maintained throughout the exercise. Your head should be aligned with your spine.
  • Step 2: Exhale. Engage your abdominal and core muscles. Nod your chin slightly as you slowly curl your head and shoulders off the mat. Pull your rib cage together and toward your pelvis. Keep the neck relaxed. Your feet, tailbone and lower back should remain in contact with the mat at all times. Continue curling up until your upper back is lifted off the mat. Hold this position briefly.
Crunch grouped

B: 10 Jumping Jacks: We know you’ve heard of the jumping jack before, but let us give you a refresher: click here for more instructions!

  • Step 1: Stand with your feet together and your hands at your sides.
  • Step 2: Jump up and raise your arms above your head, while simultaneously kicking your legs out to the sides. You should form an “x.” Without taking a break, quickly reverse the movement and repeat.
Tabata-One-Jumping-Jack
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C: 5 Pushups: Most of us balk at the thought of a pushup. After all, they’re difficult! Don’t let that scare you, though. This move does amazing things to your body by working your chest, arms and core! Click here for more info.

  • Step 1: Begin on all fours and walk your hands out until your hips drop into a straight line with your spine and hamstrings. Curl your toes under and set the knees about hip-width apart. Your hands will be outside of the shoulders, fingers spread and pointing forward. Look at your mat.
  • Step 2: Inahle and drop your chest down as low as you can. Bend the elbows diagonally backward, pulling the shoulder blades together. Keep the core locked so the body moves as one.
  • Step 3: Exhale and push yourself away from the ground as far as possible so you completely come out of the push up. Inhale and repeat immediately.
Tricep-Push-Up-grouped


D: 5 Squats: Squats are one of the key moves to give you a bigger butt. You’ll feel the burn tomorrow after this workout.

  • Step 1: Begin with your feet hip-width apart with a heavy (10-20 pound) dumbbell in each hand.
  • Step 2: Keeping your weight in your heels, sit down as if sitting in a chair, keeping your back as upright as possible. Pause, then return to standing by pushing through your heels and squeezing your 
glutes to straighten your legs. That is one rep.
dumbbell-squat-grouped

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E: 30-Second Wall Sit: This might not sound like a lot, but we promise you’ll feel this move in your entire body. Read more about it here!

  • Step 1: Lean your back against a wall, making sure that your whole back is touching the wall. Your feet should be about two feet from the wall and about shoulder-width apart from each other.
  • Step 2: Slowly slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Aim for a 90-degree angle. Keep your weight in the heels of your feet and make sure your knees are behind your toes. You should be able to tap your toes. Keep your back flat against the wall. If it starts to arch, slide up until the small of your back is touching the wall again.
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F: 15 Arm Circles: Don’t be scared to show your arms off! Arm circles can help build muscle in one of our trouble areas. Ditch the sweaters and start wearing tank tops after you commit to this workout. For more info, click here!

  • Step 1: Grab a pair of dumbbells, soup cans, water bottles, anything around the house for some resistance. Stand with the feet under the shoulders and extend the arms out to the sides.
  • Step 2: Keeping the chest tall and shoulders dropped, begin moving the weights in a circle. For the first 30 seconds, go forward. For the last 30 seconds, go backward.
Weighted-Arm-Circles-2


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G: 10 Mountain Climbers: Since you won’t be traveling to Mt. Everest anytime soon, the simple mountain climber workout will have to suffice. Need more info? Check it out in our fitness index!

  • Step 1:Begin in high plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Your body should be in a straight, diagonal line from your head to your heels.
  • Step 2: With your core engaged, bring your right knee forward under your chest, with the toes just off the ground. Return to your basic plank. Switch legs, bringing the left knee forward. Keep alternating legs and pick up the pace until it feels a little like running in place in a plank position.
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H: 5 Burpees: Ahh! The dreaded burpee! This killer workout is universally disliked, but why? The burpee is a full-body move, and it’s exhausting, which makes it even better for the mom looking to shed a few pounds. Don’t shy away from this exercise. Embrace it instead! Read more about the burpee here!

  • Step 1: Stand tall then bend the knees to place the palms on the floor.
  • Step 2: Jump or walk the feet out behind you to a plank. Make sure your shoulders are over the wrists and get your feet as close together as you can. Straighten the knees.
  • Step 3: Jump or walk the feet back to the beginning bent position.
  • Step 4: Explode out of the bottom and jump up, reaching your hands overhead. Land with soft knees and repeat.
Burpee Grouped-1

I: 30-Second Plank: Don’t let the 30-second part fool you! The plank is one tough cookie. This workout targets your core, and boy oh boy will you feel the burn! Check it out here.

  • Step 1: Begin in forearm plank position, with shoulders directly over elbows and feet together. Your body should be in a straight, diagonal line from your head to your heels. Look at your mat.
  • Step 2: Take your right foot and tap it to the outside of your mat, then bring it back to the center. As you do this, keep the rest of your body square and still. Repeat the tap with your left foot. That is one rep.
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J: 10 Jump Squats: Targeting your glutes and quads, this powerful squat will get your heart rate up in no time! Check it out here.

  • Step 1: To perform this plyometric exercise, first stand with the feet slightly outside the shoulders (wherever your squat stance is) and drop the hips backward and down. Send the arms straight out in front of you to help the chest stay lifted. Double check your knee position – make sure they’re staying behind your toes.
  • Step 2: Push through your heels to drive out of the squat. Roll through the foot to lift into your jump, bringing the arms overhead to help propel you upward. Land softly and quietly with bent knees. If you can go right back into your squat, do it! Otherwise, take the soft-knee landing and reset for the next squat.
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K: 10 Side Lunges: Side lunges are a great move to keep in your arsenal. They work your glutes and the muscles in your hips called abductors. Want to read more about side lunges? Click here!

  • Step 1: Begin in your neutral standing position with the dumbbells at your sides. Feet should be shoulder-width apart. Roll the shoulders back and down and lift your chest.
  • Step 2: Step one foot out to the side and bend the leg into a lunge. The knee must stay behind the toes. The other leg is straight. Your chest is lifted still. It’s tempting to drop your chest, so look straight ahead and keep the shoulders back.
  • Step 3: Bring the lunge to the other side first by pressing through your heel to your standing position. Send the other leg out to the side. The farther you step out, the deeper you will need to lunge. The dumbbells stay in front of you, on either side of the lunging leg.
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L: 15 Crunches: The crunch is the grandfather of core workouts. Why? Because just like our own grandfathers, this move has been around since the stone ages—and that’s because it works! Read more about this move in our fitness index.

  • Step 1: Lie on your back on a mat with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and heels a comfortable distance (12-18″) away from your seat. Place your hands behind your head. Pull your shoulder blades together and your elbows back without arching your low back or causing your ribs to splay out. This elbow position should be maintained throughout the exercise. Your head should be aligned with your spine.
  • Step 2: Exhale. Engage your abdominal and core muscles. Nod your chin slightly as you slowly curl your head and shoulders off the mat. Pull your rib cage together and toward your pelvis. Keep the neck relaxed. Your feet, tailbone and lower back should remain in contact with the mat at all times. Continue curling up until your upper back is lifted off the mat. Hold this position briefly.
Crunch grouped

M: 20 High Knees: You should feel the burn in your legs after 20 reps. Read more about this move here!

  • Step 1: Stand tall with your core pulled in and your shoulders back. Places your hands out at hip height to help gauge your performance.
  • Step 2: Keep this posture and raise one knee up to the hips or higher, keeping the other leg bent and ready to follow. Quickly alternate knees, leaning back with a strong core to help drive them toward the chest. Repeat for allotted time.
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N: 10 Tricep Dips: Go slow to start, and make sure your form is correct. The angle might feel weird, but we promise you’ll feel the results. Click here to explore this move!

  • Step 1: Sit on the floor with knees bent, feet placed hip-width distance on the floor, hands on the floor behind you with your fingers pointing toward your body. Lift your hips off the floor and straighten your arms.
  • Step 2: Slowly bend at your elbows and lower your body to the floor. Pull your abdominal muscles tight and keep your elbows tucked into your body. Once you reach the bottom of the movement, slowly press off with your hands, and push yourself straight back up to the starting position. That is one rep.
Tricep Floor Dips-GROUPED

O: 10 Pushups: Most of us balk at the thought of a pushup. After all, they’re difficult! Don’t let that scare you, though. This move does amazing things to your body by working your chest, arms and core! Click here for more info!

  • Step 1: Begin on all fours and walk your hands out until your hips drop into a straight line with your spine and hamstrings. Curl your toes under and set the knees about hip-width apart. Your hands will be outside of the shoulders, fingers spread and pointing forward. Look at your mat.
  • Step 2: Inhale and drop your chest down as low as you can. Bend the elbows diagonally backward, pulling the shoulder blades together. Keep the core locked so the body moves as one.
  • Step 3: Exhale and push yourself away from the ground as far as possible so you completely come out of the push up. Inhale and repeat immediately.
Tricep-Push-Up-grouped

SLIDE 5/8 –

P: 10 Squats: Squats are one of the key moves to give you a bigger butt. You’ll feel the burn tomorrow after this workout. Check out more detailed instructions on our fitness index!

  • Step 1: Begin with your feet hip-width apart with a heavy (10-20 pound) dumbbell in each hand.
  • Step 2: Keeping your weight in your heels, sit down as if sitting in a chair, keeping your back as upright as possible. Pause, then return to standing by pushing through your heels and squeezing your 
glutes to straighten your legs. That is one rep.
dumbbell-squat-grouped

Q: 20 Jumping Jacks: We know you’ve heard of the jumping jack before, but let us give you a refresher: click here for more instructions!

  • Step 1: Stand with your feet together and your hands at your sides.
  • Step 2: Jump up and raise your arms above your head, while simultaneously kicking your legs out to the sides. You should form an “x.” Without taking a break, quickly reverse the movement and repeat.
Tabata-One-Jumping-Jack


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R: 30-Second Plank: Don’t let the 30-second part fool you! The plank is one tough cookie. This workout targets your core, and boy oh boy will you feel the burn! Check it out here.

  • Step 1: Begin in forearm plank position, with shoulders directly over elbows and feet together. Your body should be in a straight, diagonal line from your head to your heels. Look at your mat.
  • Step 2: Take your right foot and tap it to the outside of your mat, then bring it back to the center. As you do this, keep the rest of your body square and still. Repeat the tap with your left foot. That is one rep.
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S: 20 Bicycle Crunches: The goal is to feel like you’re riding a bicycle while lying on your back. As strange as that is, this workout totally works. It targets your abs, hip flexors and glutes. Read more about it here!

  • Step 1: Lie on your back with hands behind your head, knees bent and feet on the floor. Lift your shoulder blades off the ground, and keep them off the ground for this whole exercise. Twist your torso to the right, bringing your left shoulder in to touch your right knee. Keep left leg straight and lifted off the floor.
  • Step 2: Repeat, twisting torso to the left and bringing your right shoulder into touch your left knee. Make sure your rib cage is moving and not just your elbows. That is one rep. Continue switching sides for instructed amount of time.
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T: 30-Second Wall Sit: This might not sound like a lot, but we promise you’ll feel this move in your entire body. Read more about it here!

  • Step 1: Lean your back against a wall, making sure that your whole back is touching the wall. Your feet should be about two feet from the wall and about shoulder-width apart from each other.
  • Step 2: Slowly slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Aim for a 90-degree angle. Keep your weight in the heels of your feet and make sure your knees are behind your toes. You should be able to tap your toes. Keep your back flat against the wall. If it starts to arch, slide up until the small of your back is touching the wall again.
wall-sit

U: 5 Burpees: Ahh! The dreaded burpee! This killer workout is universally disliked, but why? The burpee is a full-body move, and it’s exhausting, which makes it even better for the mom looking to shed a few pounds. Don’t shy away from this exercise. Embrace it instead! Read more about the burpee here!

  • Step 1: Stand tall then bend the knees to place the palms on the floor.
  • Step 2: Jump or walk the feet out behind you to a plank. Make sure your shoulders are over the wrists and get your feet as close together as you can. Straighten the knees.
  • Step 3: Jump or walk the feet back to the beginning bent position.
  • Step 4: Explode out of the bottom and jump up, reaching your hands overhead. Land with soft knees and repeat.
Burpee Grouped-1

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V: 20 Arm Circles: Don’t be scared to show your arms off! Arm circles can help build muscle in one of our trouble areas. Ditch the sweaters and start wearing tank tops after you commit to this workout. For more info, click here!

  • Step 1: Grab a pair of dumbbells, soup cans, water bottles, anything around the house for some resistance. Stand with the feet under the shoulders and extend the arms out to the sides.
  • Step 2: Keeping the chest tall and shoulders dropped, begin moving the weights in a circle. For the first 30 seconds, go forward. For the last 30 seconds, go backward.
Weighted-Arm-Circles-2
(Photo: Women’s Protein Tiara Cameron)

W: 10 Side Lunges: Side lunges are a great move to keep in your arsenal. They work your glutes and the muscles in your hips called abductors. Want to read more about side lunges? Click here!

  • Step 1: Begin in your neutral standing position with the dumbbells at your sides. Feet should be shoulder-width apart. Roll the shoulders back and down and lift your chest.
  • Step 2: Step one foot out to the side and bend the leg into a lunge. The knee must stay behind the toes. The other leg is straight. Your chest is lifted still. It’s tempting to drop your chest, so look straight ahead and keep the shoulders back.
  • Step 3: Bring the lunge to the other side first by pressing through your heel to your standing position. Send the other leg out to the side. The farther you step out, the deeper you will need to lunge. The dumbbells stay in front of you, on either side of the lunging leg.
Alternating-Side-Lunge

X: 10 Pushups: Most of us balk at the thought of a pushup. After all, they’re difficult! Don’t let that scare you, though. This move does amazing things to your body by working your chest, arms and core! Click here for more info!

  • Step 1: Begin on all fours and walk your hands out until your hips drop into a straight line with your spine and hamstrings. Curl your toes under and set the knees about hip-width apart. Your hands will be outside of the shoulders, fingers spread and pointing forward. Look at your mat.
  • Step 2: Inhale and drop your chest down as low as you can. Bend the elbows diagonally backward, pulling the shoulder blades together. Keep the core locked so the body moves as one.
  • Step 3: Exhale and push yourself away from the ground as far as possible so you completely come out of the push up. Inhale and repeat immediately.
Tricep-Push-Up-grouped

Y: 20 High Knees: You should feel the burn in your legs after 20 reps. Read more about this move here!

  • Step 1: Stand tall with your core pulled in and your shoulders back. Places your hands out at hip height to help gauge your performance.
  • Step 2: Keep this posture and raise one knee up to the hips or higher, keeping the other leg bent and ready to follow. Quickly alternate knees, leaning back with a strong core to help drive them toward the chest. Repeat for allotted time.
High-Knees RESIZED-1 (1)

Z: 10 Burpees: Ahh! The dreaded burpee! This killer workout is universally disliked, but why? The burpee is a full-body move, and it’s exhausting, which makes it even better for the mom looking to shed a few pounds. Don’t shy away from this exercise. Embrace it instead! Read more about the burpee here!

  • Step 1: Stand tall then bend the knees to place the palms on the floor.
  • Step 2: Jump or walk the feet out behind you to a plank. Make sure your shoulders are over the wrists and get your feet as close together as you can. Straighten the knees.
  • Step 3: Jump or walk the feet back to the beginning bent position.
  • Step 4: Explode out of the bottom and jump up, reaching your hands overhead. Land with soft knees and repeat.
Burpee Grouped-1

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Stimulus Checks: How Many People in Each State Have Received Payments So Far

By JOHN CONNOR COULSTON – May 10, 2020 03:37 pm EDT

The U.S. government is still in the midst of dishing out millions of economic impact payments to Americans living around the country and abroad. On Friday the U.S. Treasury marked a major milestone, revealing that 130 million of the more than 150 million payments have now been doled out to help combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. That amounts to $200 billion in payments to Americans. Payments are automatic to most U.S. tax payers, but the status of payments monitored using the IRS’ Get My Payment tool.

“We are working hard to continue delivering these payments to Americans who need them,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a release. “The vast majority of payments have been delivered in record time, and millions more are on the way every week. We encourage people to visit IRS.gov for the latest information, FAQs and updates on the payments.” Scroll through to see how many residents in each state have benefited from the payment, as well as how much cash the payments amount to in each state.

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Alabama: 1,996,007 ($3,428,443,628)
Alaska: 277,432 ($486,006,748)
Arkansas: 1,216,253 ($2,128,987,406)
Arizona: 2,734,978 ($4,712,311,770)
California: 13,564,730 ($22,465,995,771)
Colorado: 2,141,841 ($3,618,352,193)

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Connecticut: 1,325,813 ($2,162,539,412)
Delaware: 385,599 ($646,913,592)
District of Columbia: 252,095 ($349,400,662)
Florida: 9,169,713 ($15,173,922,832)
Georgia: 4,069,403 ($6,937,057,497)
Hawaii: 542,426 ($923,960,321)

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Iowa: 1,230,814 ($2,212,426,465)
Idaho: 672,496 ($1,255,712,382)
Illinois: 4,844,140 ( $8,169,566,380)
Indiana: 2,742,791 ($4,855,661,708)
Kansas: 1,098,473 ($1,980,223,913)
Kentucky: 1,878,814 ($3,282,818,708)

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Louisiana: 1,877,721 ($3,180,135,799)
Maine: 594,555 ($1,005,363,003)
Maryland: 2,186,404 ($3,575,993,478)
Massachusetts: 2,503,206 ($4,008,005,049)
Michigan: 4,081,884 ($7,045,417,642)
Minnesota: 2,124,142 ($3,714,368,466)

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Missouri: 2,482,825 ($4,337,599,739)
Mississippi: 1,225,834 ($2,086,932,244)
Montana: 433,767 ($59,469,674)
Nebraska: 743,803 ($1,349,417,300)
Nevada: 1,279,890 ($2,131,071,471)
New Hampshire: 560,833 ($941,099,188)

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New Jersey: 3,208,179 ($5,287,240,934)
New Mexico: 851,449 ($1,442,523,522)
New York: 7,737,476 ($12,523,017,409)
North Carolina: 4,076,334 ($6,985,338,563)
North Dakota: 287,210 ($510,578,907)
Ohio: 4,916,174 ($8,322,111,961)
Oklahoma: 1,556,747 ($2,777,598,152)

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Oregon: 1,658,586 ($2,782,872,801)
Pennsylvania: 5,215,824 ($8,821,284,132)
Rhode Island: 446,941 ($725,567,957)
South Carolina: 2,060,588 ($3,522,197,950)
South Dakota: 343,860 ($625,042,408)
Tennessee: 2,881,709 ($4,980,110,718)
Texas:10,728,541 ($18,796,209,760)0COMMENTS

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Utah: 1,075,546 ($2,091,334,753)
Vermont: 267,295 ($450,251,509)
Virginia: 3,196,178 ($5,456,000,257)
Washington: 2,856,962 ($4,875,983,730)
West Virginia: 784,111 ($1,363,560,122)
Wisconsin: 2,307,675 ($4,025,320,018)
Wyoming: 225,830 ($407,690,034)
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Stimulus Checks: White House Adviser Wants to Wait Another Month Before Second Payment

By STEPHANIE DOWNS – May 10, 2020 06:20 pm EDT

As of late, there has been much discussion over whether or not there will be another round of stimulus checks. While the White House and Congress previously agreed to a $2 trillion stimulus package in late March, Americans are focused on what the government might do next considering that the coronavirus crisis continues to be an issue around the country (and around the world). Recently, a White House advisor touched upon the very subject of another round of stimulus checks. But, it may not be what you want to hear if you were eager to see another stimulus payment in the near future.

On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters that the White House is holding off on holding any official negotiations regarding another stimulus package. Kudlow expressed that the White House is planning on waiting to see how the most recent stimulus relief package pans out before they consider implementing a new one. He said on Friday, “We’ve kind of paused as far as formal negotiations go. Let’s have a look at what the latest round produces, give it a month or so to evaluate that.” He added that discussions surrounding the matter were in a “lull” and that administration officials and legislators would “regroup” in the next several weeks to discuss the issue.

Kudlow’s comments align with what President Donald Trump has had to say about the matter. According to the Associated Press, Trump is in “no rush” to negotiate another stimulus relief bill. This news comes weeks after the president expressed that he was seriously considering granting another round of stimulus checks to eligible Americans. During a White House press briefing, he said, “We could very well do a second round. It is absolutely under serious consideration.” However, weeks after he related that he would support another round of stimulus checks, he expressed his support for a different kind of potential aid. When asked about the possibility of additional stimulus payments in late April, the president said that he liked the “idea of payroll tax cuts,” which would seemingly be implemented in lieu of stimulus checks.

Of course, there are other government officials who are in support of another round of stimulus payments. In mid-April, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio and Rep. Ro Khanna of California introduced the Emergency Money for the People Act which would entitle Americans to $2,000 per month during the coronavirus crisis. While there are definitely many Americans who would be in support of this bill, it should be noted that it has yet to make its way through the legislative process.Start the Conversation

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Branded as ‘Racist’ by Twitter in Wake of New Book Reveal

By MICHAEL HEIN – May 11, 2020 08:09 am EDT

The Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer are back in the headlines, and with them, a fresh wave of controversy — some recent and some unearthed. On Monday, Meyer revealed that a new novel in her acclaimed YA fantasy world is coming later this year. Since then, people have been re-examining Meyer’s work, her legacy, and the signs of racism in both her work and in her personal conduct.

Meyer visited Good Morning America last week to announce her new novel, Midnight Sun, due out on Aug. 4. The book will re-tell the events of the original trilogy but from the perspective of vampire Edward Cullen, rather than teenager Bella Swan. Meyer has been discussing this idea since 2008, but now it is finally coming to fruition. Before long, fans were gathering online to revisit the Twilight franchise — both books and movies — and their complex feelings around it.

This involved fans revisiting Meyer’s writing with a fresh perspective and an eye towards diversity and representation. Many were even more put off by Meyer’s representation of Native Americans in her story than they were years ago, calling the writing exploitative. Some were also put off by the idea of Meyer profiting off of the name and customs of the Quileute tribe.

At the same time, fans noted the relative lack of diversity on-screen in the Twilight movies. Many revisited a 2018 interview with director Catherine Hardwicke, who shot the first movie. Hardwicke told The Daily Beast that the one point of contention between herself and Meyer was “that I wanted a lot more of the cast to be diverse.”

Hardwicke noted that Meyer “had not really written it that way, so she probably just didn’t see the world that way. And I was like oh my God, I want the vampires, I want them all — Alice, I wanted her to be Japanese! I had all these ideas. And she just could not accept the Cullens to be more diverse, because she had really seen them in her mind, she knew who each character was representing in a way, a personal friend or a relative or something. She said, ‘I wrote that they had this pale glistening skin!'”

Hardwicke said that Meyer eventually came around to the idea of Kenyan-American actor Edi Gathegi playing the character Laurent, but she thought it was because he was “one of the antagonistic vampires.” For this reason, some critics have now picked up the idea that Meyer would only agree to cast a non-white actor if they were to play a villain.

Social media and the entertainment-viewing public at large is still grappling with the global sensation of Twilight and its collective response to the series, but the allegations of racism against Meyer have cast a new light on the whole conversation. Here is what social media is saying about Meyer after the announcement of her new book.

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Reminder that on top of profiting off the name of the Quilete tribe, Stephanie Meyer is racist af and doesn’t deserve to have any more work published. https://www.bet.com/celebrities/news/2019/06/12/-twilight–director.html?cid=facebook …‘Twilight’ Author Would Only Agree To Casting Black Actor If He Played A VillainDirector Catherine Hardwicke is spilling all the tea about author Stephanie Meyer.bet.com5612:36 AM – May 6, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy31 people are talking about this

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