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.
I just discovered a cool YA resource that young adult librarians and YA enthusiasts should know about: Readergirlz.
Readergirlz is an online book community which challenges teen girls to “read, reflect, and reach out!” It was started in March 2007 by four award-winning YA authors: Justina Chen Headley, Dia Calhoun, Lorie Ann Grover, and Janet Lee Care.
Each month the Readergirlz “divas” feature a YA novel, and offer book party ideas, a playlist, an exclusive author interview, discussion questions, other recommended reads (fiction and non-fiction), as well as a community service project related to the book of the month. The group aims to inspire readers to get active not only in book groups, but also in their communities.
As the Readergirlz manifesta outlines, the goal is to get readers to “have serious” fun while sharing their thoughts about books they read. They also encourage girls to take something away from each book, to strive to make a difference in their lives and communities, and “to make history of their own”.
The Readergirlz book selections are guided by the postergirlz, an advisory council made up of booksellers, librarians, prominent YA Lit bloggers and avid teen readers.
The July book-of-the-month just happens to be one of the titles on my Summer YA Reading List: The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. Illustrator Jim Rugg was kind enough to provide the site with a gallery of never-before-seen art from Janes Go Summer, the third volume which Cecil & Jim had started working on before the Minx line of comics was cancelled.
Entertainment Weekly reports that there is a Twilight graphic novel on the way.
Check out tomorrow’s (July 17th) issue of the magazine to see finished illustrations of Edward, Bella, and Jacob.
Update: Hmm…I checked out this week’s print issue at the library today and didn’t see any mention of a Twilight graphic novel.
Here they are, in no particular order…
- Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
I spotted this on the “Staff Picks” display at the library I’m working at this summer.
- The Mysterious Adventures of Pauline Bovary by Edeet Ravel
I enjoyed The Thrilling Adventures of Pauline de Lammermoor (book one in the Pauline, btw series) and I’m eager to find out what Pauline does next.
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
There’s been a ton of buzz about this book in the blogosphere and mainstream media. Check out this chilling book trailer.
- Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley
I picked this up at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival just before I left for Calgary.
- The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
A graphic novel with a cute title—plus, I’ve heard it’s pretty good.
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Apparently, zombies are the new vampires. Plus, who doesn’t love Pride and Prejudice?
- The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones
According to this review in Quill and Quire, Wynne-Jones’ latest novel has “all the appeal of a sexy vampire, sans the fangs.”
- The Lit Report by Sarah N. Harvey
One of the few titles on this year’s OLA Best Bets for young adults that I haven’t read yet.
- Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
I love the title. I’m a sucker for anything that alludes to Pride and Prejudice.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A friend recently described this as the funniest book she’d ever read. That’s a pretty good endorsement, I’d say.
Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis has been reworked to reflect the recent weeks of political unrest in Iran following the June 12 election. The sequel was produced by two Iranian exiles known as Sina and Payman, with Satrapi’s permission. Sina and Payman rearranged panels from the original Perspeolis and added new text to depict how history is repeating itself in Iran.
A PDF of Persepolis 2.0 can be downloaded at http://www.spreadpersepolis.com/