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I never thought that I will get around to read Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ series, because I have been daunted by the size of it. I watched the first part in the movie version and liked it. So I was hoping that I would let the novel be and just watch the movie series. But when I saw the graphic novel version of the series at the bookshop recently, I couldn’t resist it. I finished it today and here is the review.

Summary of the story

I think everyone must have read the book or seen the movie or atleast heard the outline of the story and so I think this is redundant here. But let me do what I normally do and give the summary of the story as given in the inside flap of the book.

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…


What I think

To add more to the above summary (you must be knowing this already and if you don’t I have to warn you that this is a spoiler), Bella discovers that the mysterious Edward is a vampire, but she cannot help falling in love with him. What happens when a normal high school girl falls in love with a vampire forms the rest of the story.

Now about the graphic novel. The book is a fast-paced read. I have heard that in the original novel, the prose could have done with some more editing, but because the graphic novel is predominantly about pictures, it doesn’t suffer from this problem. The artist, Young Kim, is Korean and so we can see the influence of Manga in the book. It sometimes looks like a Manga version of ‘Twilight’, with glossy pages. Most of the illustrations are in black-and-white but there are some pages in colour. It reminded me of some of the old movies, which were made in black-and-white, with some scenes produced in colour (for example, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Nadodi Mannan’ and ‘Portrait of Jennie’). Bella and Edward look quite different from the way they look in the movie, but it works fine in the graphic novel. One of the things I was disappointed about, in the graphic novel, is that the story ends somewhere in between. I remember seeing more things in the first part of the movie series (for example, Edward introducing Bella to his vampire family, all of them going on a weekend picnic etc.) which is not there in the graphic novel. It looks like each part of the ‘Twilight’ series has been split into two graphic novels and so this first volume of the graphic novel is just half of the first volume of the actual novel. The cynical side of me says that the publishers are doing this to milk the cow for the longest time – I hope that is not true.

Excerpts

I am giving below some of my favourite scenes from the book. (Please pardon me for the quality of the pictures).

Introducing the Cullens

Beautiful Bella

(Note : Isn’t Bella’s hair so beautiful!!)

Edward’s Secret

“I reached the edge of the pool of light and stepped through the last fringe of ferns into the loveliest place I had ever been...”

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed reading the first volume of the graphic novel version of ‘Twilight’. If you are a ‘Twilight’ fan you will love it. If you are thinking of reading ‘Twilight’ sometime, but are daunted by its size, the graphic novel version would be a good place to start.

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