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3.23.2010

Review: Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim


Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer (Author) & Young Kim (Illustrator)
Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Vampires
Hardcover (YEN PRESS, 224 pages, $19.99)
ISBN# 0759529434
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret...
Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector’s library.

Author Site: www.stepheniemeyer.com

Beautiful Graphic Novel Version for Fans and Non-fans (5 stars)

For once I don't think I need to bother with a synopsis of a book I'm reviewing. This one's story is pretty widely known already. So if you do not know anything about Twilight in spite of its popularity as both a novel and a film adaptation feel free to look it up.

As yet another form of adaptation this graphic novel version is really lovely. I am not a Twilighter. I enjoyed the book a little but didn't fall madly in love with it as others have. But this version is hard not to be smitten by. Cutting out all the filler and getting the meaty story rendered in breathtakingly handsome images definitely won me over. I wasn't too sure about the manga style working with Twilight. I sometimes find it almost too cutesey as a style but Kim keeps the illustrations very sharp and doesn't do some of the more comic-stripy stuff (ie. lots of drippy thingies, punctuation over heads, etc).

While mostly done in black and white there are a few parts where color is added in. Such as when Bella notes Edward's eye color darkening from gold to black over days his eyes are colored. These subtle hints of color add visual impact but also make a point of saying "hey this scene is important story here". I'm also happy to note that I think Jacob is very well translated visually from the book description to the graphic novel.

Strangely enough my ten-year-old son is the one who kept taking this book from my reading pile. I had to literally take it from his hands and remind him that it was MY book so he couldn't take it with him in the car. Before that I hadn't really thought about the fact this might be a good way to introduce a younger or reluctant reader to the Twilight Saga world. So if you have a youngster who enjoys manga, comics or Twilight (the film version) I think this would make a really good purchase. (Hey, anything to get my kid to read without a fight!)

I think most fans who prefer the book to the film will like it because it sticks to the storyline without the neccessary adaptations needed to make a book work in film format. All this graphic novel is when you boil it down is a bunch of pictures illustrating the book. Older readers who aren't into manga/anime styled art or comics may find it too weird looking or choppy to follow. And I think if you're trying to introduce a reluctant friend to Twilight this might be a good place to start.

I really liked it. My son liked it. My husband liked it. Definitely worth at least picking up off the shelf in a bookstore to see what you think. I'm very much looking forward to Volume 2, though I haven't found a release date for it yet.

Other Reviews:
Comics Alliance
Book Aunt
Jem @ Amazon.com


Notes: I bought this book at a bookstore.

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