The Twilight Saga
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  • Mar 25, 2010
Young Adult novelist Stephanie Meyer and artist Young Kim collaborate well. Their creativity meets in a graphic novel presentation of the first part of Meyer's extremely popular and successful full-length novel, "Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1). The result is a lovely hardbound keepsake entitled "Twilight:The Graphic Novel, Volume 1"for those who thrill to the thought of Bella and Edward's love and want to see visual manifestations of it that do not replicate those as rendered by the actors in the currently popular films.

Kim's version of Bella is more representative of Meyer's initial brainchild. Rendered in Manga-style, this Bella exudes innocence, sweetness and vulnerability; she is attractive with lovely eyes and long hair that streams at times across both pages taking on a life of its own that suggests frustration, confusion and insecurity--all the things that Meyer attempts to bring across in the actual novel. Bella regains her own identity; in this version, she sheds the shadow of Kristen Stewart and becomes her own girl.

Likewise for Edward. Pattinson is indeed magnetically attractive. However, the graphic novel's Edward again replicates the Edward of Meyer's pages. Perfectly formed, he is less tortured than in the film version--Kim's drawings show his range of emotion--most wonderfully as a boy who is looking for the love of his life.

As I immersed myself in the story and thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations, I realized that it covered much emotional ground and certainly as the pages dwindled down to nothing was not going to relate the entire story. In fact it ends right after Edward fully discloses his vampire ways, displaying his diamond faceted skin above the treetops in the forest scene. That was my only disappointment--that I had to wait to see and read part two and that the two volumes would never be contained in one book.

Hopefully Kim and Meyer will pursue their collaboration for all the other books in this series. I, for one, would enjoy a full set of graphic novels complimenting my entire set of the originals. In fact, I would love to see Meyer's "Midnight Sun," Edward's perspective on his meeting, needing and loving Bella from the start in this format. Kim's ability to resonate the emotion of the story within her portraits would add yet another dimension to the male vantage point.

Bottom line? The "Twilight Graphic Novel, Volume 1," is a must have for any Twilight fan. Young Kim's illustrations capture the wonderful timelessness of this tale of soon-to-be eternal lovers. Unfortunately Volume 1 ends after Bella sees Edward's sparkling skin for the very first time. I would have liked to see the entire story contained within one volume. If Meyer agrees to continue this series, just imagine how many volumes would be needed to relate the entire "Breaking Dawn" events! After "Volume 2," "Midnight Sun" should be published in this format to complete the tale from the male perspective. Even though I will forever link Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart with the characters of Edward and Bella, I am pleased that in this version, Kim's illustrations took Meyer's descriptions from the novel to heart and created the couple in a completely different way from the film. Recommended for all Twilight fans.
Diana Faillace Von Behren

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I bought this graphic novel as if compelled by the inner obsessed fangirl that I try very hard not to be. But you know, walking through Wal-Mart, that Jacob (Taylor) poster is always open and displayed...which usually makes me choke (in a surprise you pedophile type of way, not in a disgusted way). Then they had the books next to it, so I casually snuck one in the basket. Can't have enough Twilight...*sigh*    In high school I would have scoffed at the Twilighters (I was cool. …
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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...

Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector’s library.

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ISBN-10: 0759529434
ISBN-13: 978-0759529434
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels, Teens
Publisher: Yen Press
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