Twilight Graphic Novel Rocking the Sales

Twilight Graphic NovelA fast look at Amazon.com and the Twilight Graphic novel is in (at the time of this post) the number 1 position in all three graphic novel tracking categories and is in the top 30 books being sold on Amazon overall. At our podcast in New York on Friday we did a little informal poll to see what the interest was. The audience was pretty even among those who were getting it no matter what, maybe getting it after looking at it, and not getting it because graphic novels aren’t their thing.

Many people after the podcast came up to look at our sample, and we saw it in quite a lot of people’s hands as they lined up for their DVD at midnight. Most were struck by the artwork’s depth. Manga in style, but not so far into the genre that the characters looked too cartoonish: no overly heavy eyebrows, neon primary colors, or eyes the size of dinner plates here.

It’s a sales first for a graphic novel on many levels according to The Advertiser

“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,” said Yen’s Kurt Hassler. “Stephenie was very specific and has very clear images of what the characters look like in her head.”

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So, did you get the graphic novel, why or why not, and if so what do you think?

Comments

  1. I got the graphic novel and I thought is was amazing. I love the drawings and the way she did the story. She kept it very close to the book only chaging a few things, it was really worth buying.

  2. I got it and devoured it! My son has some graphic novels, and I thought they were not really “my thing,” but this adaptation of Twilight is so good. I love having the visual story to accompany what I already love about Twilight. Did you all notice how much Bella looks like Stephenie? I am so happy that I bought this (Amazon has a great price on it,) and I love having it as part of my Twilight bookshelf. I hope all the books will be done in this form–I’d love to see Breaking Dawn’s version!!

  3. Yes…our local bookstore ordered it for me before I even asked:) She knows me well. I like having it for my 7 & 9 year olds. They want to read the books but aren’t ready for them. I’ve never been into graphic novels. It’s ok, I guess. Not a huge fan of the Asian style caricatures.

  4. I have got my copy of this graphic novel and the book was worth the price and very well done. It was a good investment and a great collection to add to my other novels. I cant wait to see Breaking Dawn in this version as well.

  5. SethisMine says:

    I got the graphic novel for free at the New Moon release party I was at. I was waiting in line for over six hours, and I had decided to just read it. And I totally loved it! Especially the pictures! I was almost drooling over them… Lol! I didn’t know I would like it so much, having thought that graphic novels and other books with the more Japanese style of drawings my type. I can’t wait for the other volumes to come out. This book is well worth the $12 I would have spent if I actually bought it. :D

  6. I was abit hesitant when the graphic novel was first announced (and I’m Asian!) but couldn’t resist flipping thru’ in our local bookshop (which is extremely up-to-date on Twilight stuff!) when it was released….and I bought it straightaway!

    Young Kim’s artwork is beautiful and not OTT at all.
    It’s such a nice alternate vision of our much-loved characters, which juz adds to the whole Twilight experience and love!

  7. I didnt get the graphic novel because I didnt know it existed

  8. Lavinia Cullen says:

    well NANA i think that you are not a real fan if you didn’t know about the twilight graphic novel :) but i hope u’ll “do your homeworks” from now ….and about that.. i’ll buy it as fast as i can when it will be released in romania too , because i asked many pple about that and they say it isn’t out in romania.Anyway …i bet it’s great

  9. Jazz Girl says:

    I made a special trip out on Tuesday to get it. It is my first ever graphic novel and I absolutely adore it. I was never really nervous because I knew how involved SM was in the process. It is just one more way for our beautiful saga to be brought to life.

  10. I have it…love it! even my brother-in-law who is an anti-twilighter liked it. he thought the art was “pretty cool”. and that says a lot coming from him!

  11. kim young has done justice to the characers….and i have always loved the anime-figures so seeing the twilight characters in this form is such a treat!!!

  12. ChemicalGirl says:

    I read manga so when I heard that twilight was going to be a graphic novel I knew I had to have it. The art work is great and I loved the colors. I hope that they make the other 3 books into a graphic novel as well.

  13. I preordered it and got it right on release day – it was lovely! I LOVED the pictures. it takes you back to pre-Rob Twilight days! I don’t read manga so any reference was lost on me but I really appreciated the style in which it was drawn – very emotional – loved it!

  14. It has Stephenie’s words!!!!!! The pictures are beautiful, wonderful, but it has actual words from the book! It just takes you back to when you first read the book and loved it, and sort of bypasses the screenplay, which is lacking in the ‘real’ story. Love it!

  15. This is my first graphic novel and I’m glad I got it because it’s interesting to have a medium that’s between the book and the movie. I really liked the artist’s selective use of color for impact. I have to admit though, I found myself rushing through the pictures to read the dialogue. I’m impatiently awaiting part 2 (with Edward on the cover?).

  16. I ordered 2 copies for my library today (middle school library). The kids are VERY excited!!

    I paid $20.20 per copy, but that’s because I buy special library bindings. The art looks beautiful. Not your normal graphic novel fare.

    When will Part 2 come out??

  17. Not yet, grrr! If you qualify for free shipping at Amazon and have more than one item, you have to group them in as many shipments as possible to get the free shipping. Great, except one of my items is a pre-order. So my graphic novel and my Twilight in Forks won’t ship until my pre-order does. Pretty crappy of Amazon if you ask me. That’s my vent.

  18. YES YES YES YES!!! THIS WAS FANTASTIC!!!! I BOUGHT IT LIKE TWO DAYS AFTER IT CAME OUT, FOR REASONS BEING MY MOM WASNT SURE ON LETTING ME GET MORE TWILIGHT, BUT I FINISHED IT IN ONE DAY ON A MARCH BREAK ROAD TRIP AND I LOVED IT!!!!!!! IM EXCITED FOR VOLUME 2!!!! I SHOWED MY MINOR TWILIGHTER COUSIN IT AND SHE LIKES IT SO SHES READING IT NOW TOO!!!!!! LEXICON PLZ KEEP US POSTED ON VOLUME 2!!!!!! :-)

  19. Heart Song says:

    This is my first graphic novel (my age might have a little to do with that), but the illustrations were much too pretty to resist. I love picture books. The story seemed a little choppy in places and the bubbles were ill placed at times. My only other note is that the key Edward holds up after Bella dropped it was completely wrong for the make model and age of Bella’s truck. Young Kim should have done some research to make this accurate. Unless Jacob replaced the ignition with a much newer, foreign one and I happened to miss that detail.

  20. Lily Cullen says:

    It was amazing! It took me back to when I first read Twilight. I couldn’t stop smiling, my heartbeat was too fast sometimes, other times it just stopped. Swoon!

  21. Skydancer says:

    I loved it! I got all excited reading it, like I did reading Twilight for the first time. And the illustrations are absolutely beautiful.

  22. i read it at the new moon release party and bought it today it really is good

  23. MariposaAlice says:

    I think it’s not manga in style..It’s more manhwa in style (Korean, not Japanese). Anyway, I’m going to pick it up when I get my DVD (due to unforeseen circumstances, I can’t get my DVD till this coming weekend ;.;).

    • checha-neni says:

      I don’t think it’s either style. Manhwa or Manga. I have read “Graphic Novels” from Japanese and Korean artist. This style seems more like a mix between the “anime/manga/Manhwa style pushing towards normal america graphic novels. I’ve seen graphic novels done by Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Believe me the style are all soooooo similar. Big eyes anime looking characters.
      Really I read through this…it’s more like a normal american graphic novel with little to no color…(like a manga or manhwa). and in all honestly the only major difference in a manhwa and manga are nationality of the artist. Otherwise, it’s the same thing

  24. i preordered it as soon as the lexicon talked about it, so i received it the day it came out. LOVE IT!!! as stated previously, dont do graphic novels, but this is like reading twilight for the first time again- the images are closer to what was in my head. those images got a little lost after that travesty of a movie, though i love rob and kristen as a different version of the characters (and new moon and hopefully eclipse made up for hardewickes mistakes). it is a beautiful book, would have paid much more than nine dollars for it

  25. I checked it out at Books a million and I didn’t like how Bella looks. She looks like a sterotypical girl next door beauty. I guess I just always thought of her as someone who was different looking, beautiful obviously, but the graphic novel just is sooooo obvious. I think everyone looks like I pictured except Bella and Charlie.

  26. I bought it the day it came out, and found it…mildly enjoyable. I’ll be the first to admit that graphic novels aren’t my preferred reading format and I did have trouble telling the characters apart from each other, but it stayed true to the original story, and that was good.

    I do have a few problems with it:

    1. O.K. There are no page numbers, but roughly 1/3 of the way in, where Bella drops her truck key and Edward picks it up for her…look closely at that key, especially on the top of the right-hand page where there’s a great picture of Edward holding the key. To truly test this out, show it to someone who hasn’t read the graphic novel yet and ask them what kind of car that key goes to. The key that Edward is holding is a modern-day electronic key. I could be wrong, but I’m fairly certain that ’53 Chevy’s didn’t use electronic keys. and this pseudo-anachronistic little detail was quite glaring for me. I stopped reading immediately and quizzed some anti-Twilight friends about the key, and they all agreed that it didn’t go to a ’53 Chevy.

    2. I haven’t counted them all, but if there were, say, 500 pictures of Bella in this book, at least 400 of them have a droplet of something on one of her cheeks – right, left, it doesn’t seem to matter. What is that droplet for? Sometimes it makes sense, as in the car crash, where she might be either crying (!?) or sweating. But most of the time she’s calm and there seems to be no call for a droplet of something. Maybe this is just a Manga thing?

    3. The storyline was broken at the end of this book. I know Stephenie Meyer worked hand-in-hand with the artist, so perhaps she approved this, but *SPOILER ALERT* when Bella and Edward go the meadow, they declare their love, run back to the truck, then kiss. In this graphic novel, they declare their love, kiss, then run back to the truck. Perhaps it’s a small detail, but with everything else being true to the story (electronic keys notwithstanding), I felt a little jarred and disappointed that the timeline of the story was altered, even this little bit.

    Overall, it was good, but again, graphic novels aren’t something I’m accustomed to reading, so I prefer the tomes wherein I paint the pictures in my head. But I don’t regret buying it, and if another is released, I’ll certainly purchase it.

  27. I bought it for my son at the New Moon release party. The artwork is fantastic. I hope my son gets the book…ha,ha..

  28. I READ MANGA AND GRAPHIC NOVELS…SO WHEN I HEARD TWILIGHT WAS BEING RELEASED IN THIS FORMAT I WAS SUPER EXCITED!!! I LOVED SEEING ALICE EXACTLY AS I ENVISIONED HER WHEN I READ TWILIGHT ORIGINALLY. AND WHEN EDWARD PUT HIS LIPS AND FACE TO BELLA’S THROAT IN THE MEADOW…MY HEART STOPPED. I THOUGHT THE ADAPTATION AND THE ARTWORK WERE VERY WELL DONE…WITH ONE EXCEPTION. DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICE THAT EDWARD HAS LIKE TWO EXPRESSIONS THROUGH THE ENTIRE STORY? AND DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICE THAT THEY DROVE EDWARD’S VOLVO TO THE MEADOW AND AT THE END BELLA SAYS, “BEFORE I REALIZED, WE WERE BACK AT THE TRUCK.” LOL…SUPER BLOOPER!!! I HAD TO SHARE. OVERALL THOUGH…A SMASHING SUCCESS!!!

  29. teamjasmett says:

    I brought the graphic novel as soon as it came out and I thought it was great, but at the same time I was dissapointed by it.

    There were a few errors in the book, which ruined it slightly, but the adaption of the characters is brilliant! They are exactly how i pictured them.

    Its worth the read at £8.99 so go ahead and buy it, especially if you are a twilight fan of any kind :D

  30. juliette729 says:

    I got it. I wasn’t originally, but then I saw how beautiful it was and decided to go ahead and get it, so I picked it up at midnight on Friday with my DVD purchase.

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