Edward Cullen and Bella Swan are big fans of each other. The eternally young vampire and the unassuming high schooler have a romantic connection that has been heavily chronicled in the pages of the massively successful "Twilight" novels and the even more lucrative film series.
But standard books and movies just aren't enough for the "Twilight" heroes and their fans, leading to the announcement of an original graphic novel from Yen Press — "Twilight: The Graphic Novel" will hit stores on March 16 with a first printing of 350,000 copies.
Entertainment Weekly has a preview of the graphic novel's cover and a page from the book that shows Edward and Bella alongside one another in science class.
"I was definitely involved," Stephenie Meyer, author of the "Twilight" series, told Entertainment Weekly of her role in the graphic novel. "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."
For Meyer, the "Twilight" graphic novel allows her to look back upon the series with fresh eyes.
"It's been a while since I was really able to read 'Twilight,'" she said. "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."
As for the future, Meyer said that while she isn't planning on visiting new "Twilight" material, the door is always open.
"I can't say that I am done with 'Twilight' forever," she said. "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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