Saturday, April 10, 2010

Reviews: Twilight the Graphic Novel and Kin (The Good Neighbors)

Twilight the Graphic Novel
Author: Stephenie Meyer; art and adaptation by Young Kim
Publication: Yen Press; Original edition (March 16, 2010)

Description: When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret...

Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector’s library.

My Thoughts: While I am not usually a big fan of graphic novels, I thought this adaptation was very well done. I thought that the important, key events of the novel were included and were well handled. My objection to graphic novels is mainly that the story needs to be so abbreviated to fit into the graphic format. Plot subtleties and characterization is minimal.

I thought the drawings were incredibly interesting. Bella was lovely in a wispy, big-eyed way. I loved the emphasis on the eyes of the characters. My only quibble is that I thought the male characters were drawn a little androgenous.

Edward was attractive and I liked the way the sparkles were drawn. (In fact I think the drawn Edward was more attractive than Robert Pattinson.) This book was originally purchased for donation to my HS Media Center but I will be keeping it in my home collection and adding a copy to my next book order. I don't want to part with this one.

Kin (The Good Neigbors)
Author: Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
Publication: GRAPHIX; Reprint edition (October 1, 2009)

Description: Rue Silver's mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her. But it's not as straightforward as that. Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was. And her father didn't kill her mother -- instead, he broke a promise to Rue's faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue's mother to be flung back to the faerie world. Now Rue must go to save her -- and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world.

My Thoughts: Rue is an ordinary teenagers (she thinks), but when her mother disappears and her father is accused of killing her and a student, Rue starts to learn secrets about herself and her parents. Her mother is faerie and her father betrayed her by having an affair. Her faerie grandfather wants her to embrace her faerie blood but she doesn't want to. She is starting to see the strangeness around her as she can see the faeries passing for human.

This was a darker graphic novel than the first I read today. I liked the art and the story. The pictures were somewhat creepy. The faeries were not at all the Disney variety. I liked the subplot about the swanmaid. The whole mystery part was well done.

It ends, however, on a major cliffhanger. Luckily, I bought book two and should have it in a couple of days. My main objection to graphic novels is that the format does not allow for much depth in the plot or characterization. It is hard to tell much of a story in thought balloons and talk balloons. I would like to read a novelization of this story so that the plot and characterization could be expanded.

Challenges: RYOB Challenge, 2010 YA Reading Challenge, 2010 TBR Challenge, 2010 Bottoms Up Reading Challenge 

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