In 2005, a vampire-romantic novel was published by Little, Brown and Company called “Twilight,” authored by Stephenie Meyer. In 2008, Summit Entertainment released the first of three planned films based on Meyer’s successful book series. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starred Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. In 2009, the first of two sequels was released. “New Moon” was directed by Chris Weitz. In June 2010, the final film of the trilogy, “Eclipse,” is scheduled to be released, this time, directed by David Slade.
But that’s not where it ends. According to Entertainment Weekly, “Twilight” is about to get the comic book treatment. Yen Press, a division of Hachette Livre, will be releasing a graphic novel based on Meyer’s books, with art by Korean artist Young Kim. On March 16th, “Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1” will be in stores. Fans of the franchise should hurry as the first printing of the book is limited to only 350,000 copies.
Here are a few excerpts from an interview with Meyer done by Entertainment Weekly. For the full interview and a 10-page feature, make sure you pick up the issue of EW, on newsstands this Friday.
The text of your original novel is boiled down so carefully that it doesn’t feel like anything is missing. Were you the one who did that?
I was definitely involved. I didn’t do the original “script” for the book, so to speak. But when I got the dialogue with the images, I did a lot of tinkering. In a couple of places, I asked for missing scenes to be inserted. For example, the conversation in the car that Bella and Edward have after she faints in Biology.
How does the feeling of reading the graphic novel compare to that of reading the original? Does it bring something new to the experience for you?
For me, it takes me back to the days when I was writing Twilight. It’s been a while since I was really able to read Twilight; there is so much baggage attached to that book for me now. It seems like all I can see are the mistakes in the writing. Reading Young’s version brought me back to the feeling I had when I was writing and it was just me and the characters again. I love that. I thank her for it.
When this project is done, are you done with Twilight?
I can’t say that I am done with Twilight forever. I’m not working on anything new Twilight-related now, and probably not for a while. But there’s still a possibility that I’ll go back and close some of the open doors.
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