by Stephenie Meyer, Art and Adaption by Young Kim
Graphic Novel, Published 2010
Read March 2010
This book really surprised me when I received it in the mail yesterday. It’s hardback for one thing, which is nice, and the paper is fairly thick, which allows for the illustrations to not bleed onto the next page. Most of the illustrations are in black and white with beautiful shading. There are a few color illustrations at the more poignant junctures in the story. I am not a huge graphic novel, comic book or manga fan by any means and have only read the first few volumes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Eighth Season graphic comics.
The speech bubbles sometimes seemed to lack in “intelligent” content, with the use of slang as well as short simple sentences, but this could be the use of the manga style that I am not use to, and I can see that Meyer wanted to make a definite distinction between her novels and the manga.
Meyer’s first novel has been split into two volumes so that the story has room to breathe. The illustration style is heavily informed by manga (or the Korean variant, manhwa) — bold, cinematic panels, intense close-ups, long wordless sequences — but the usual enormous eyes have been toned down and a more “literary” serif typeface introduced for the speech bubbles. Twilight: The Love Story That Never Dies
I’m not quite the Twi-hard as some people, but I’ve read all four books and have seen the first two movies. I even wore my “I <3 Edward” shirt to see New Moon. (OK, maybe a little bit of a Twi-hard…) Twilight is my favorite book of the series and I love Kim’s fresh twist to the story. I think Bella is beautiful and I want her hair! Overall, I think this is a great addition to the saga.