Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Vampire Week: Review - Twilight The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim

Publisher: Atom
Format: Hardcover
Released: March 17th, 2010
Grade rating: A

Amazon summary:

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...


I think everyone in the world knows the story of The Twilight Saga, so I won't bore you all by dissecting the plot and telling you much I love Edward Cullen. (Which I do. A lot.) Instead, I'll tell you about the awesome artwork created by Young Kim, and how she's made Bella and the Cullens come to life in a way I never thought I'd see.

Kim worked closely with Stephenie Meyer to ensure all the characters looked as they should, and you can tell how much time was spent adapting the novel into a shorter, snappier dialogue-heavy version. Most of Bella's description was cut to make way for the important revelations and declarations, ensuring the graphic novel moves at a faster pace than the original book. Due to my familiarity with the story, it was very tempting for me to whizz through the pages. I'm glad I didn't, though, because I would have missed out on all the details within the beautifully crafted art.

Of all the artwork, Edward was my favourite. He was exactly as I imagined him to look when I first read the book almost three years ago, and he could definitely give Robert Pattinson a run for his money. Graphic novel Edward has better hair, I think, though I am still debating that one in my head. The rest of the Cullens look fantastic too, as does Bella and the setting of Forks itself. I have absolutely no complaints with the adaptation or illustrations, I just wish it was the whole book in one volume. For people with no patience, waiting for Volume 2 is going to be like a form of torture!

Every Twilight fan will love this; I guarantee it. And even if you're not a fan, it's well worth flicking through just to see the overall presentation and effort that went into creating it. So, Meyer fans, if you haven't already bought this, what on earth are you waiting for?!


LovesSam said...

I'm definately a lover of the twilight books, and I won't spend my time here pronouncing how much I love Jacob Black, however, I will say, I know how excited you was for this book and i'm so chuffed you loved it. Though, I never thought you wouldn't. The artwork is amazing, I just wish maybe that the pictures were in colour. Amazing review :-)

The Book Bug said...

Okay, I'm probably not the only one who doesn'y like Twilight, so I wont bother to tell you how much I am not on an team and all of that Anti stuff. I did pick this up just to compare the art to X-men (Unless you havent guessed: I'm. obsessed.with.X-men.) Twilight loooks kinda of mangarish to me. Whether it is because I am compltely biassed or this obsession likes to speak for itself- but anyway, great review!

I Want To Read That said...

I love how they did Edward in sunlight:)

Library Mice said...

I was disappointed with some of the artwork, particularly with the Cullen boys (including Edward). I enjoyed reading it though and will no doubt read volume 2.

ladystorm said...

Just poping in to say I LOVE CARLISLE!!! LOL couldn't help it he is the only one I like out of the males on Twilight..not saying Jacob Black and cute...I just like Carlisle. :)

SusanKMann said...

I am still not sure about this one. I love the books & love the films but I am just not sure about the graphic novel. I'm not into graphic novels. Undecided. x

Kate Evangelista said...

Isn't it just! I love the meadow scene the most!

Lauren said...

I love the sound of this. I've read the first Twilight book to death, so the thought of experiencing the story in a different way definitely appeals.