3/16/2010

'Twilight' Graphic novel Version On Sale

USA Today covers the release of first volume of the Graphic version of twilight adapted from Stephenie Meyer's best sellers. The Twilight: The Graphic Novel will be published in two volumes thought there's still no date has been announced for the second volume.

The 350,000 first printing is believed to be the biggest for any graphic novel in the U.S. market.

The hardcover book, illustrated and adapted by South Korean artist Young Kim, was created with author Meyer's oversight.

"When it comes to really seeing Stephenie Meyer's personal vision of the Twilight property, this is as close an opportunity there is to accomplishing that," says Yen's Kurt Hassler. "Stephenie was very specific and has very clear images of what the characters look like in her head."

Meyer likes what she sees in Kim's depictions of sexy teen vampire Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, the girl he loves. She writes in the introduction that seeing Kim's drawings "brought me back to my first Twilight experience ... suddenly I would be feeling all the same things I felt that first summer while I was writing their (Edward and Bella's) story."

In an e-mail interview, Kim says: "It is always difficult to visualize text, since everyone has a different interpretation of it, but I tried to be as faithful as possible to the descriptions in the book, and Stephenie's review and input were greatly helpful."

Becky Anderson of Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Ill., wonders how fans will react after seeing the movies and envisioning Robert Pattinson as Edward and Kristen Stewart as Bella.

"People are really possessive of this book and how they feel about it," Anderson says. "It will be interesting to see how they accept this new visual image."

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