Iím totally ripping off this
idea from a column on Newsarama
Sorry Vaneta Rogers, who wrote an
op/ed column about the absence of Twilight comic books, for ripping
off your story idea. But, I tend to disagree with you.
First off, it should be noted that
I am more than just a little obsessed with the Twilight Saga. I
read the first three books in less than two weeks, worked a midnight release
party for Breaking Dawn at our local Waldenbooks (owned by Borders)
in which I was tempted to start reading even when I got home at 2 in the
morning, and proceeded to read the final chapter in three days time. I
bought my tickets for the Twilight movie three weeks ago, and Iíve
been counting down the hours all week. Itís like Harry Potter all over
So why isnít Twilight a
comic book yet? Good question. Rogers pointed out that
Twilight is a Warner Bros. film and that Warner Bros. also owns DC
Comics, so it would be easy for them to throw the story of Edward and Bella
into a comic book, maybe on the Wildstorm imprint.
Hereís my issue. Twilight
just isnít meant for the comic medium. Sure, the people who read
the series are already avid readers and would readily pick it up and find
themselves in comic shops. But would the product really live up to the
books in quality, and would it be able to capture the same tone of the book?
I donít think so. I have a fear that a Twilight comic book
would attach the likenesses of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who
play Edward and Bella, respectively, to the characters. Donít get me
wrongóI think both characters are very talented and great choices for the
movie versions of the characters. But at the same time, part of the
magic of reading a novel is creating your own image of a character.
And I honestly canít see a comic version of Edward topping the one Iíve
created in my imagination.
And anyways, these arenít your
fatherís vampires. Sure, there are some exciting action scenes toward
the end, but these are fun-loving vampiresóvegetarians, as they call
themselves. They refuse to eat human flesh and be monsters, instead
choosing to live peacefully among mortals. Doesnít it seem
just a little wrong to have a vampire in comics that doesnít go on killing
And the biggest reason of all, in
my opinion, is that it will never live up to the novel. A comic book
version of Twilight will undoubtedly make changes to the script in
order for it to work better in the medium. If it has to be changed,
then it just shouldnít be done at all. A Twilight comic done
poorly would only enrage die-hard fans of the series, me included.
Hereís where I agree with Vaneta
Rogers, though. In the Twilight universe, there are plenty of
untold stories about the pasts of the various vampires and werewolves.
If anything, those are the stories to be told in comics. The
ones before Bella arrives on the sceneóand as the Cullen family is still
formingóare the ones most likely to succeed in the comic medium. The
vampire family of the Cullens and the werewolves of the Quileute tribe have
a lengthy and rocky past, and that would make for some interesting
Stephenie Meyer may be a comic book geek (the many comic references in her books solidify that fact), but I think she knows where to stop the insanity. Hopefully sheíll recognize that Twilight itself doesnít work in the comic medium and put a kibosh on the whole thing before the idea gets too out of hand.