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Title: Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 adapted & illustrated by Young Kim
Notable: Book #1 in the Twilight Graphic Novels series (incomplete series)
Bella Swan moves from sunny Phoneix to overcast Forks, Washington when her mother remarries. She doesn’t have high hopes for life in this new town until she meets hunky Edward Cullen. The interest is mutual, but the closer Bella gets to Edward, the more she realizes that there’s more to him than meets the eye.
I was a bit unsure about this rendition of Twilight when I checked it out from the library. I’m a fan of the Twilight series, but I was concerned this would be boring, maybe because I already know the story so well. I guess I had the attitude of, yeah I already know that story. Not the best way to start a book–with an attitude.
The artistic style is different from most of the graphic novels I’ve read, but it’s not unfamiliar to me. It’s actually very similar to the type of artwork my niece does–with a strong Asian influence. Young Kim does amazing eyes–amazing! At times the characters’ proportions were a little off, especially if they were posing at an odd angle, but it wasn’t too bad. (Poor Edward, in one scene, looks like he has a hunched shoulder. Tee-hee!)
Overall, I enjoyed seeing the story told from a fresh perspective. Young had an idea of how the story should look and she utilized some interesting and inventive scene setup and angles throughout the book. Text was really kept to a minimum, but what was included got to the meat of the story. It seemed to flow well and make sense. So, even though I went into the book with an attitude, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the second volume. This one leaves off right in the middle of the story.
I recommend Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 to Twilight fans. It’s fun to see a new take on the story.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…