Disclaimer: This is the first graphic novel that I have ever read all the way through, so forgive me if I miss the point of this style of art or if I’m a little too harsh.
I’m a Twilight fan, of course, but one that read all the books before seeing any of the movies. Stephanie Meyer does a great job with imagery in the original books, so much so that I had a clear picture in my head of what went on and what the characters looked like and felt, and how the setting looked. Therefore, I didn’t want to mess up my mental picture by seeing the movies. However, I eventually folded and saw the first three, and while they had their hangups, I was actually not that disappointed. Which brings me to the graphic novel. I’m not that disappointed here, either. Bella’s character doesn’t look anything like I pictured her when reading the original book(without taking into account Kristen Stewart’s appearance), but she grew on me as I read this novel. Edward was pretty close to how I pictured him, as was Jacob and the other main-ish characters. Bella is really the only one that just seems a little too glamorous, and a little too young, and a little too poised. I don’t know if it’s the long, beautiful, flowing tresses, or lack of emotion on her face at different points in the story, or what. There’s something off about Bella’s entire character. About the actual story, well, it’s what I expected. It’s condensed while the important parts are thoroughly covered. I’m not dying to read the second volume, but I will read it, I’m sure. I’m sure that no matter what I will always prefer the original book. If anyone doesn’t have the patience or the attention span to read the original book, then this graphic novel would be a better place to start.