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Published:March 10th, 2011 18:12 EST
Twilight, Now a Graphic Novel

Twilight, Now a Graphic Novel

By Tony Graff

There`s been a rise in young adult novels having graphic novel companions. Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer and the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson being among the more popular titles. The graphic novel versions of books carry the same risks and benefits of medium change that one could expect from making a movie based on a novel.

That having been said, I`m not shy about my disdain for the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers. I`m also cautious about shifts in media, such as from novel to movie, or from novel to graphic novel. With that in mind, Twilight the graphic novel had some serious hurdles to jump in my mind when I checked it out from the library. I had read the novel and sat through the movie, but I`ve been a long time graphic novel fan.

Before anyone reaches the first page of the story, it`s been made clear that Stephenie Meyers supervised the art adaptation of Young Kim, who graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in painting. Stephenie Meyers prefaces the book by saying how the images that were sent to her revived the emotions she had felt while writing the novel.

I must say, it was more enjoyable to read this rendition of the vampire romance novel than the book itself. I`m not saying I`m going to change into a Twilight fan because of it, but Young Kim brought a lot that I felt was missing from the novel and the movie, the biggest being Bella`s personality. Other reviews of both the novel and the movie are quick to bring up that she`s lacking a personality of her own, and many attribute the book`s popularity to that fact. Any girl who wants a guy like Edward Cullen find it easy to slip on the Bella Swan mask and imagine what they would do, but it didn`t present itself much in the graphic novel.

What impressed me the most was Young Kim`s use of color. Most of the book is in black and white, with very little of any color. When there were emotional or extreme moments, Young Kim added colors that brought out the emotions attached to that particular scene, till we reach the meadow scene, one of the most powerful moments while Stephenie Meyers was writing the book, and the images are in full color.

When it`s said and done, I`m going to recommend a different book if people want to read about vampires. However, the graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer`s book Twilight has provided a much richer view of what the author imagined. It`s not an easy task, and Young Kim deserves credit for making this story much better.