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Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Twilight Saga)

January 1st, 2011

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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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Comic Books 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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  1. Kristeen Anderson
    January 1st, 2011 at 19:47 | #1

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    I received (and read) the Twilight graphic novel today and I was pleasantly surprised. The drawings are very beautiful, they fit with the dialogue, and I felt it captured the heart of the book. I had forgotten how bad the dialogue is in Twilight so it’s apparent in the graphic novel. But once you get past the beginning it gets less awkward and Edward and Bella’s flirtatious bantering draws you in and makes you forget what’s going on around. I’m excited for volume 2 and will be pre-ordering that as soon as it’s available.

  2. Jessie Potts
    January 3rd, 2011 at 13:29 | #2

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    I have to say that this was not worth 20 dollars, but I got it for under ten with the Amazon pre-order price, since that’s about the same as a manga (and this one is in slight color and hardback) I Figured it was a great price. I’m really glad I bought it. Looking at the artwork and the facial expressions brought back how I first felt about Twilight when it came out five years ago. I really loved how Young Kim brought the Cullens and especially Bella to life. I have to say I actually liked this graphic novel better than the movie I thought that Bella looked beautiful, and the drawn Edward had so many expressions.

    I almost wish they would have made this into an anime, it would be gorgeous especially once we get into Italy and the Werewolves. Ah, one can wish, still the price is now at ten dollars so if you’re hesitating I say go for it, it’s a beautiful book. The only thing is that it’s short (not in artwork but the amount of plot covered) the last page is Edward ‘showing’ Bella how he travels in the forest. I hope the next one comes out soon.

  3. Nina
    January 3rd, 2011 at 18:50 | #3

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    I love the Twilight Saga. This is a beautiful addition to the collection. I say “please buy” so they will continue this fantastic set!

  4. Mystery Person
    January 5th, 2011 at 02:15 | #4

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    I purchased the graphic novel in April. I was excited to see Twilight in a whole new aspect. The graphic pictures are AMAZING. Most of the book is in black in white except major scenes which are one or two, but still wonderful otherwise. The story is also told pretty well considering it is a comic strip. The only negative I have about this graphic novel is that it isn’t the full book of Twilight. It’s about half actually. I paid 16 dollars for it at the book store when I see I should have come here for it but I just don’t think it is worth it to buy all of the volumes to the book when it is only half. So when you think about it. Twilight with be split into Two graphic novels, New moon will probably be two as well, Eclipse will be three, and Breaking Dawn will be either 3 or 4. So assuming they are all 9.99 and you want all of the volumes to complete the story, you’re paying over 100 dollars just to look at pictures for a story you have already painted in your head as well as seen on the big screen. I don’t think I will be purchasing anymore volumes. But everyone has their own level of obsession with The Twilight Saga so I know that price and length wouldn’t matter to a Twihard fan. Judge for yourself.

  5. Tiger Holland
    January 6th, 2011 at 18:50 | #5

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    This is an enjoyable graphic novel adaptation because the storyline is very clear (in many manga, one is left bewildered from page to page, constantly wondering what just happened) and the art is pleasing–I’d characterize the style as halfway between realism and the stylized “disproportionately big & sparkly eyes” look common to manga. I love the faithful little details that are added! In the original novel, Bella says that when she hops a plane to Forks, she wears her favorite shirt trimmed with eyelet lace, but her carry on item is a parka. Now, with the visuals included, you can actually see Bella in the lace shirt while she’s toting a duffel bag and a parka. This orderly matching of graphic-to-text makes me terribly happy. *such a geek*

    Breakdown of character appearances (in random order):

    Bella: Nearly perfect. Pretty enough that you can understand why five or so human guys and one vampire are interested in her, but she’s not an unfathomable knockout. And her long whippy, wispy hair works wonderfully, as its state of dishevelment is practically a measuring stick for her emotional state.

    Charlie: Has an aging-football-player-who’s-made-a-couple-trips-to-the-donut-box look that I can’t get into, especially after seeing the wondrous awkward solemnity that was Billy Burke as Charlie in the movies. No other rendering could come close to right, for me.

    Angela: Except for the hairstyle, looks identical to Bella. *shakes head*

    The Cullens: All look more typically manga-like than the other characters, because the big eyes and dramatically shaded faces make them look otherworldly.

    Carlisle: Looks so much like Jesse Spencer, my mental Carlisle for the past few years, it’s not even funny.

    Jasper: Wears a posh European-playboy type scarf and is visually wow (I knew there was a reason he was my favorite boy Cullen! Poor Jackson Rathbone from the movies…one wonders how many small, fluffy animals had to give their lives for his superhumanly bad wigs).

    Rosalie: Is the ice queen knock-out she’s intended to be. (Again, in the movies I’m thrown off by the unusual look resulting from the filmmakers casting a deeply tanned brunette as Rosalie.)

    Emmett: Has a too-serious rugby player sort of face. Can’t imagine this version of him cracking jokes.

    Alice: Looks like a pouty 12-year-old boy who’s had his allowance stolen. How will he buy that Optimus Prime action figure, now?

    Edward: Decent. The menacing bruise-shadows around his eyes are a big plus, but his apparently gel-shellacked hair looks odd.

    Jacob: a bit too feminine of a face–it doesn’t counteract the wicked-long hair like it should.

    The Reservation kids: All look Caucasian, but this is a common trope in manga, where the all-Asian casts are rendered in North American whitebread forms.

    Overall, a nice reading experience. Even if you’re long past the days when you enjoyed Twilight (if indeed, you ever did), the graphic novel will bring back the magic. Through art, the angst is angstier, the cheese is cheesier, but with the benefit of making melodrama enjoyable, like watching a good Lifetime movie. Young Kim does a good job of moving the story forward, which is no simple task, and the art is arresting at times. The change from dark to light eyes for Edward is very noticeable, and signals his moodswings well, and the sparing use of color in a black-and-white novel is wonderful: Phoenix is sepia-toned, then all color disappears in Forks, only to have tiny splashes of color appear at various points, always employed for great dramatic effect, like the topaz eyes or ruby-colored blood drops.

    Note: This is not the entirety of Twilight rendered as a graphic novel–the story stops just after the Meadow Scene where Edward monologues about his motivations and feelings for twenty or so pages. If you’re a Twilight fan, this is a lovely visual companion to the series. If you’re not a fan, this is the same story with the boring(er) parts cut out.

  6. Diana F. Von Behren
    January 7th, 2011 at 08:15 | #6

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    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

    “reneofc”

  7. School Librarian
    January 10th, 2011 at 08:14 | #7

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    It took one hour to read this magnificent graphic novel, but oh, what a fantastic 60 minutes it was!

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!

    Let me just say that the artist, Young Kim, is one talented lady, and she has breathed new life into a classic vampire series. She captures the quiet beauty of Bella Swan, making her look lovely, but in an unadorned way that we have always pictured, but have never seen. She combines her own artistry with live shots, and the results are stunning. You feel as if you are truly stepping into the wet and slippery world of Forks, Washington, immersing yourself in a world where humans, werewolves and vampires co-exist unwittingly. What made this graphic novel such a easy page-turner is not just the knock-out drawings, but the layout as well, which is key to the enjoyment of any graphic novel. Kim has been able to give a face to all our favorite characters, and where she resoundingly succeeds is in her depiction of Edward. No slight to the handsome Robert Pattinson, but this is the way I had imagined Edward Cullen to look like – gorgeous and other-worldly in his male beauty.

    For those of us who know the story like the back of our hand, this first volume concludes with Bella and Edward leaving the forest, with the initial secrets of vampires revealed in their pretty swath of forest. We all know how it starts, where it’s going, and how it ends, but my goodness, I cannot wait for the next installment. Let’s hope Stephenie Meyer will give her blessing for the three other books, because as of right now, only Twilight is getting the graphic novel treatment. I highly recommend this book to all fans of Twilight, vampire lovers, and reluctant readers who need a more aesthetically pleasing introduction to the world of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. For grades 5th and up. Enjoy!

  8. Jamie
    January 11th, 2011 at 15:29 | #8

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    Wow! The artwork in this book is amazing! I really love how Young Kim captured the feeling of Twilight. This is also a very easy and fast read. Any Twilight lover would adore this lovely book. I definitely recommend it and it makes a really nice gift. :)

  9. BreakingDawnFAN
    January 12th, 2011 at 03:10 | #9

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    I adore the Twilight books and have been very disappointed in the movies even though I love the actors and think some of them play the characters from the books perfectly but wasn’t all that satisfied BUT when I opened this book I fell in love with the characters from the books all over again ! It’s not the movie characters AND I’M PERFECTLY FINE WITH THAT !

    If your Twilight fan of the books BUY IT !

  10. N. Campbell
    January 13th, 2011 at 03:56 | #10

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    This a great graphic novel of twilight. The artwork is superior to many graphic art books on the market today. I will definitely buy the remaining volumes when they become available. If you are a fan of twilight or a graphic novel collector, like myself this is a must have.

  11. Teacher Mom
    January 13th, 2011 at 17:17 | #11

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    Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a very impressive graphic novel. It is extremely well done, but seems thin, not only in size, but in content. The interesting part for me was that scenes that I didn’t really think much about while reading the books are extremely well drawn here, such as when Bella arrives and her father picks her up and they drive home. There’s one illustration in the scene that’s so well done, you can practically see the car driving and the rain pouring down. It’s amazing! However, the disappointing aspect for me was that other scenes that I loved so much, such as the blood typing scene, were barely touched upon.

    The graphic novel is basically the dialogue from the novel, with a few quotes from the book thrown in. Some of the magic of knowing what Bella’s feeling or thinking is sadly lacking. And Bella herself, the average, clumsy girl, has been transformed into a teen beauty, tall and slim with flowing locks of hair that always seem perfect. The images, however, are brilliant and extremely well done. I did feel, however, that the other characters were better brought to images in the graphic novel than were cast in the movie.

    I am an ESL teacher and the graphic novel is a perfect format for lower level readers to be able to pick up a popular book and read and enjoy it just like their peers. Finding that Twilight has been transformed into a graphic novel was big news in my classroom. We have such a huge demand that I need to purchase two more.

    Overall, it’s an amazing book and worth the purchase even if you’ve already read the novel. It’s a completely new take on the presentation of the story.

  12. Nin
    January 14th, 2011 at 04:25 | #12

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    Nice pictures. The words were about the same as the book. I guess if you love Twilight, you will love this. Go Team Alice! haha

  13. E. A Solinas
    January 15th, 2011 at 05:15 | #13

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    For the record: I don’t like “Twilight.” At all. But I decided to give “Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1″ a fair shot at impressing me, especially since it’s rendered into manhwa/manga-style artwork and a pared-down narrative. The artwork is sumptuous, elegant and all-around lovely, but the story is dragged down by the rather stuffy internal monologue.

    Everybody knows the drill — a girl from Phoenix named Bella Swan “exiles” herself to the rainy overcast town of Forks, so she can live with her dad. When she isn’t moping, she attends the local school and is struck by the beautiful, aloof Cullen family (and particularly with the standoffish Edward, who seems to be bipolar). He also has superhuman speed and strength, as Bella discovers when he saves her from a runaway van.

    In case anybody needs to be told, Eddiekins is a vampire, albeit one who doesn’t adhere to any of the traditional vampirey rules… except sucking blood. And despite the danger to her person, Bella develops a Phoenix-sized crush on him despite him constantly insisting that he’s ohsoverydangerous.

    It’s a given that any rabid fans of “Twilight” will gobble down the graphic novel adaptation of the first book’s first half. As for everyone else? Well, there are still spurts of rather pompous, un-teen-girlish narrative (“I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him”) and Bella still whines way too much about mundane stuff (“You could have saved yourself all this regret for not just letting that stupid van squish me!”).

    Fortunately, Young Kim did a pretty decent job translating the novel into comic book form, and I ended up enjoying her streamlined, sped-up version of the story. It’s heavy on atmosphere and light on fluff (such as “Bella being randomly clumsy” or “Bella being chased by every boy in school”), with especial emphasis on the dreamlike landscapes, Indian legends and secretive conversations.

    And Kim’s artwork is simply gorgeous. Her style is a semi-realistic manga/manhwa style, full of delicate strokes, light shadows and smooth lines. Lots of flowing hair, vivid eyes and even some lightly colored scenes when the story demands it (such as when Bella faints at the smell of blood). Additionally, she does succeed in making the Cullens look very lovely and ethereal, yet also very sinister.

    There are, however, some scenes that just don’t work. The infamous “sparkling in the sun” scene ends up looking ridiculous — Edward looks like he’s covered in fish scales, not diamond sparkleskin.

    “Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1″ is a decent graphic novel in its own right, and Young Kim’s elegant artwork distracts from some of the story’s flaws. Worth reading if you’re enamored with the book, or really like beautifully-drawn manhwa/manga.

  14. Setsuna
    January 15th, 2011 at 16:55 | #14

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    I never review and I would never review on anything Twilight. But I guess there is a first for everything! I received this book in the mail today and was immediately impressed. Opening it up, I honestly didn’t really know what I was expecting. I saw the movie before I read the books. First thoughts was the movie was ok, but after I read the book, I hated the movie.

    After finishing the graphic novel (took about an hour) I have to say, it makes me wish they would re-do and re-cast the first movie. This is way more than even I could have imagined. Stephanie Meyer was right when she wrote that this breathed new life into the Bella and Edward story. The drawings are exactly how I would have pictured the characters for the movie should look like. The vampires are truly beautiful and Bella has that understated beauty, so well drawn out in this novel. Their love story is not rushed (like in the movie…I never understood why Bella and Edward fell in love) and is well played out. What surprised me even more was the nice little splashes of color through-out the book. This is what sets this apart from being a boring black and white manga/comic, the splashes of colors (there is a nice colored twilight scene) and the emotions certain scenes carried.

    Definitely a must read, this is the way the movie SHOULD have been like!

  15. J. Birgy
    January 15th, 2011 at 18:15 | #15

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    So, I didn’t order this on amazon just because 1 I love bookstores and 2 because I really wanted to look at it before I committed to the purchase. I just finished reading it and the people are almost exactly how I pictured them with an adorable Animee take on the first half of the book. I loved reading the adaptation and am completely looking forward to seeing what Kim has instore for us next!

    AAAAAAAA++++++++++

    You will not regret the purchase!

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