I am feverishly trying to finish “the Watchmen” before the movie comes out.
It IS one of Time magazines top 100 books of all time, ya know!
Well, even though I actually purchased it several weeks ago with nothing but good intentions… I still haven’t managed to finish it yet.
There is an awful lot of hoopla surrounding “The Watchmen”, and so far I’m still not quite sure what all of the hoopla is about.
Before all fanboys rise up to throttle me wearing homemade Rorschach masks, let me say that I do think it is a well-crafted comic.
Excuse me– “graphic novel”.
I like the interspersion of fake book exerpts and police reports and such. And the parallel pirate story is an interesting twist. But i’m just not grabbed by it.
I guess in some ways it IS just a comic to me.
Of course I wasn’t a big fan of “The Dark Knight” either. I read that one when it came out while I was in college because everyone was reading it, you know.
Some might dismiss this as me being snooty and prejudiced against the “graphic novel” medium. Not true!
One of my favorite all time books is “Maus”. And I loved “Persepolis”. But then again, those were graphic novels that weren’t fiction.
However, with those novels I was attracted to the graphically true narratives juxtaposed with the jarring comic panel renditions. Or something.
When it’s a fiction story (even a good story like the Watchmen), I guess I prefer my own mental imagery to accompany the text.
Anyway, I hope to slog through the rest of the Watchmen before the seeing the movie.
So I can be harshly judgemental of the final product like all the fanboys will be, of course.