'Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume One' is a graphic interpretation of the first part of Stephanie Meyer's beloved debut novel 'Twilight'.
Touted as a "must-have" item for any collector's library, 'Twilight: The Graphic Novel' is at first glance a sleek package.
The hardcover book features a stunning dustjacket featuring an image from what fans will recognise at first glance as Bella during the "meadow scene". In keeping with the "collector's" aspect, the cover makes use of the same font as Meyer's original novels.
The manga-style art by Young Kim is superb. Die-hard Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart fans will be disappointed to see that the graphic novel's characters do not resemble the movie's stars. Instead, she has re-imagined the characters and provided a sense of other-worldliness impossible on the big screen.
The novel is illustrated largely in black and white, although Young Kim brings in light washes of colour to great effect in a few key scenes. The meadow scene ? and the now infamous sparkle-reveal ? is exquisitely coloured, and the pallet of browns and greens has been carefully considered.
The adaptation of Meyer's original text has been skilfully done ? it captures the romantic essence and keeps a sense of Bella's charming internal dialogue without diluting the story. Much of Meyer's often cheesy prose is pruned without losing her voice ? something which most 'Twilight' fans will be grateful for. The graphic novel genre itself really works for 'Twilight'. The long, intense stares; the magic; the heart-stopping glances are all there ? but without slowing the pace of the story.
The biggest stumbling block of this graphic novel, however, is the truly awful lettering. A plain old Times New Roman font often jars with the fluid images. Sure, I get that they want to make it look more like a novel ? but it doesn't work. The speech balloons are often awkwardly placed ? obscuring characters' faces and expressions or floating at random, seriously detracting from the artwork. It also looks as though somebody came in ten minutes before the time and slapped in a few Photoshopped ovals ? and sometimes made them opaque. The clinical shape and the terrible font almost destroy the atmosphere of the book ? but the strength of the artwork carries it through.
Definitely a must-have for 'Twilight' fans, this first volume should have pride of place on your shelf.
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