Twilight: The Graphic Novel
Entertainment Weekly‘s Shelf Life has the first look at the graphic novel edition of Twilight. The blog also features an excerpt of an interview with Stephanie Meyer. The full Q&A and a ten-page excerpt from the graphic novel are in this Friday’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 will be available for sale on March 16. The graphic novel contains selected text from Meyer’s original novel with illustrations by Korean artist Young Kim. The publisher describes it as “a rare fusion of Asian and Western comic techniques.” The first printing is 350,000 copies, which is high for a graphic novel.
I’m curious to see how Twilight will translate in graphic novel format, and I can’t help but wonder what its readership will be. Will it attract fans of the original Twilight series? Could it serve as a gateway to other graphic novels or manga for its readers? Will it introduce new readers to the Twilight phenomenon?
In my experience, graphic novel adaptations are hit or miss. I’ve been surprised at how well some books work in graphic novel or manga format but disappointed in others.