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

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 is adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s best seller and the art is done by Young Kim.  Purchased as a gift, I grew curious about the art work inside since I’ve already read the series of books.  Meyer is a storyteller, but this graphic novel rendition of her story breathes new life into the supernatural love story with its crisp imagery and the stark contrasts generated by its black and white shading and sparse use of color.

Given that I normally don’t review graphic novels, I was more impressed here with the illustrations.  Kim is a stunning talent and demonstrates a clear ability to render lifelike faces to humans, vampires, and werewolves alike.  Don’t expect the images of Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson here.  Kim has imagined Bella and Edward in her own way and has pared down Meyer’s text significantly, allowing the pictures to carry the story.

I found the graphic novel adaptation mildly enjoyable for its images, but the text was minimal at best and much is left to the reader’s imagination.  Moreover, I noticed that some liberties were taken with Meyer’s story, much like what you would expect a movie screen writer to do, so it is clearly an adaptation not a reiteration.  Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim is an interesting collaboration to round out any Twilight lover’s collection.

  • Hm, this might be a good way for me to experience Twilight.

    • Maybe you should give it a try. I’m still not a graphic novel fan, but an occasional one isn’t too bad.

  • Glad the characters don’t look like Pattinson and Stewart. Seems like it might be good for people who want the basics of the plot without investing a lot of time in Meyer’s chunksters.

    • I think its a good start, especially for those parents worried about too much hanky panky in the other books.

  • I haven’t even read the other Twilight books yet, but this looks beautiful! Maybe I’ll start with this one.

    • I liked this, but there are parts of the original story that I miss here.

  • I’ve not read this series. Have watched the first movie though. Graphic novels has not been my ‘thing’. Hope this is good enough.

    • I like the third movie the best so far. I usually don’t read graphic novels, but I need a quick read and something light and fluffy and this filled the void.

  • I was glad that there was no reflection of RPatt and Kristin Stewart in the illustrations. I have read a few of these now and I am not 100% sure I get what the point is other than to get existing fans of the story to spend more money.

    • I think that they are gauged at increasing sales of the “franchise.” I think you really have to love the story and the movies to want to collect all of these. However, I did find the images striking and would probably look at another graphic novel by Kim.