Sunday, March 21, 2010

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume I, Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim

I think it's pretty obvious that I love Twilight. Sometimes that fact embarrasses me and sometimes I have a more zen attitude about it. Either way the fact remains that I really like Stephenie Meyer's story. I've never been into manga, comics, or really graphic novels much either but when I heard about this I was mildly curious.

Then in the great pattern of my life I was in Barnes & Noble at the end of horrible, horrible day walking around grabbing anything that I thought might cheer me up and saw that this was out. And I went home and couldn't stop looking at it. I completely agree with the Entertainment Weekly writer here:

"What strikes me, looking at the book, is how faithfully, and how beautifully, artist Young Kim has translated Meyer’s original vision. Kim, who has a fine arts background—in fact, this is her first foray into graphic novels—didn’t just read the book; she absorbed it. Her Bella is the Bella I had in my mind’s eye the first time I read Twilight; her Edward is the Edward I always imagined. It took me back to reading Twilight pre-movie: Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson faded into the background."

Being completely honest, the art work does have that 1980's fashion illustration look to it at times. But overall I really like the look and it was a cool way to experience the story. I was sad at the end because I hadn't paid enough attention to realize this was volume one... now I need to figure out how long I have to wait to read more. And I want to know if they are going to adapt all 4 books or just Twilight. Knowing me, I would buy them all.

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