Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"Twilight" Fans Beware

It's funny. I used to ignore graphic novels pretty much completely. But now, I'm suddenly being bombarded with them everywhere I look. Kind of like the Twilight phenomenon....and now, they've joined forces.

USA Today announced late last night that the graphic novelization of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight will hit the shelves today:

Ready for the next chapter in the Twilight craze?

If the original Stephenie Meyer teen vampire novels, movies, DVDs, posters and T-shirts aren't enough, now comes Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (Yen Press, $19.99), on sale today.

The 350,000 first printing is believed to be the biggest for any graphic novel in the U.S. market. Because of the original Twilight novel's length, the graphic novel will be published in two volumes. No date has been announced for the second. Nor is there any word on whether the last three books in the series will be adapted to the format.

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."


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."

Fans and booksellers aren't sure what the response will be to the graphic-novel format or how the book will sell.

Read the rest of the article HERE

I think I'm with Anderson on this one. It's a crap shoot how fans will handle this graphic novel. Though, I must admit. The artist for this one is pretty kick ass:

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