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Yen Press Reveals Twilight Manhwa Series

Twilight the ManhwaImage (c) Yen Press/Young Kim

Coming to my attention via many fellow bloggers on Twitter, Yen Press has made public one of their newest projects: a manhwa edition of Twilight. For those who may’ve missed the recent pop-culture explosion, Twilight is a love story between a young girl named Bella and a vampire named Edward. The series has been a consistent top-seller in books for teenage girls and was recently a motion picture that brought in big dollars at the box-office.

Hachette Book Group, the company under whom Yen Press is an imprint, is also the company who publishes Twilight, so this project was a matter-of-time announcement more so than a surprise. Yen Press currently has a graphic novel series of another Hachette Book Group bestseller, Maximum Ride, and from past findings seems to have a few other popular series under Hachette’s wing in for adaptation consideration as well.

The series’ art will be done by Young Kim, a Korean manhwa artist. An example panel of the two lead characters can be seen above (text non-official of course ;) )¬†Stephenie Meyer, the writer of Twilight, is said to be following the series very intently to ensure a solid adaptation. During a previous interview,¬†Stephenie Meyer implied the existance of a Twilight anime, and though corrected as merely speculative, by timeline it seems fair to assume that she may have been referring to this manhwa adaptation.

You can read the current Twilight news about the manhwa series from the initial source, Entertainment Weekly, and more recently ICv2.

Though not a fan of Twilight myself on any level past a ‘yay! young people are reading!’, the not-so-surprisingly vocal outrage at Yen Press’s choice in putting together a Twilight series seems a tad silly. If you don’t like Twilight, then don’t read the book. It’s an addition to their library, not a replacement for any existing series, and it’s frankly a non-disputable money maker which can do nothing but benefit those of us always eager to hear what new license Yen Press will announce next. Besides, we know what you’re really thinking… why is there still no Harry Potter manga-styled series? Oh wait, maybe that’s just me.

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Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Kuriousity.ca. Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.



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3 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    SUPER FAIL :D

  2. Ida says:

    Okay can I say WTF? First of Meyer can't even write (yes I just wrote that!) I mean a seventh grade can write better than her. She's an insult to other great writers (ever heard of Niel Gaiman people or perhaps J.K Rowling heck anything else besides this trash!) Anyway this is a a f-ing publicity stunt…I wonder why is there no Harry Potter styled manga? Hmmm? Oh yeah because Harry f-ing British and his creator isn't a stupid woman with adolescent fantasies. Really now there are even Twilight panties (wayyyy creepy!) I still don't understand why this is so popular it's poorly written and the worst thing since Danielle Steele. This graphic novel is an insult to other graphic novels and Twilight is an insult to all females. (Hey at least Hermione can handle herself! Unlike Bella!) Oh p.s I did read Twilight. I'm not just some Potter fan whose never read Twilight and decides to insult it (I read all the time so yeah) which is exactly why I'm insulted. Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Emily Bronte are probably crying in their graves as they've seen where Meyer's crap has dragged them.

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