Book Review – ‘Twilight : The Graphic Novel Part 1’ by Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim

Revisiting a classic never looked so good.

Twilight Graphic Novel Part 1 Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Fantasy, Romance

No. of pages: 224

From Goodreads:

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… 

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This brought me back to my first ‘Twilight’ experience. The movies are great, but as an adaptation there are many differences to the narrative of the book. This version remains faithful to the original story line I was first introduced to.

The illustrations are beautiful and depicted in a way that more fits the descriptions imagined by Stephenie Meyer. I could gaze at them all day. It is primarily in black and white, with a few colour pages at key points in the story where colour makes artistic sense.

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The story itself though, (because realistically we can’t use all the material,) felt flat. A lot of the humour and angst got cut out, the novel being squashed down to a couple of pages of dialogue… so if you have not read the original book, you’ll not have a very high opinion of ‘Twilight The Graphic Novel Part 1.’ It is also the reason I deducted a point – it felt like part of the soul of ‘Twilight’ had been ripped out. I’d recommend this more for fans, who what to enrich their experience, or revisit the novel in a different medium.

I liked the reveal (climax) for this first volume, the way it was drawn and the parts of the story Young Kim used was masterful. It gave a new edge to the events that happen in ‘Twilight.’

The dust jackets are cute how they match up to a larger poster for volumes 1 & 2. And I’ll be reviewing Part 2 soon.

Definitely recommend this for all Twilight fans.

Overall feeling: Still in love

Twilight Graphic Novel Part 1 Book Review Pic 02 by Casey Carlisle

Twilight Graphic Novel Part 1 Book Review Pic 03 by Casey Carlisle

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