Twilight: The Graphic Novel
By Stephenie Meyer + Young Kim
* * * Stars (Pretty good)
The graphic novel adaptation of Twilight… Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington, after her mother remarries (to get out of her hair), and immediately becomes obsessed with fellow high school student, Edward Cullen. They are inexplicably drawn to one another and after some initial stumblings, they decide to throw caution to the wind and GIVE IN to their feelings for one another. Edward assigns himself the role of Bella’s protector (her life is fraught with danger), and Bella whole-heartedly embraces the delicious threat that Edward presents once she understands who and what he really is. Will they be able to control themselves? If you’ve read the series, you already know! Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series was extremely popular when it was first published (2005) and still has fans/readership today.
I’m still bugged by Bella’s passivity, and her and Edward’s relationship still seems unhealthy to me, but their attraction and the romance is just as palpable in the graphic novel version as in the original work (the artwork is gorgeous, too). I don’t know how Edward is able to tolerate going back to high school, when he’s over 100 years old and has already earned several advanced degrees. Surely, he could find something better to do with his time besides protecting Bella FROM THE WORLD? For 8th grade and up.
Reviewed by YA Librarian.