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

2010/08/31

So we all know that it is trendy to bash on Twilight and its fanatics, which is easy enough to do given the caliber of the writing and the characters in the book and cast in the movie. This particular review, though, is for the graphic novel adaptation of the first novel, and only the first volume at that.

Everyone knows the story of Twilight (and if you don’t, what rock have you been living under), so I will be brief in addressing plot elements. The text is easily summarized within the limitations of text boxes, speech bubbles, and letterboxing. The story is told primarily through dialogue, with narrative used sparingly. Bella’s inner monologue, reduced to a few scattered sentences here and there, makes her almost seem like a multi-dimensional, sympathetic character, until about halfway through, when she begins her research on vampires, and recklessly decides, whether he is interested or not, that she will sacrifice herself to be with him. Still, in this format, the high school drama and inner life of the teen girl seems to flow better than in the novel.

The story is beautifully illustrated, primarily in monotones, with color used to mark particularly pivotal scenes. The drawings are mostly realistic (if one can say that about a fantasy involving vampires and werewolves), and convey movement, motion, and emotion. I would almost prefer that if one must read Twilight, this be the format chosen.

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  1. 2010/09/15 21:40

    I’ve seen the movies only because friends dragged me, I read the first book because the same friends insisted. eh, it didn’t do much for me.

    but a Twilight graphic novel? now that I could get into!

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