Literary Mumblings

A few words about the books I’ve read…

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Posted by Amanda on April 20, 2009

watchmenOccasionally, I am grateful to Hollywood for making a book into a film – not because I like movies made from books (everyone knows that 99% of them are nowhere near as good as the original book), but because it helps me to discover a new book to read.  Not that I need much help with that, considering the size of my TBR pile, but still…

And to be honest, I didn’t see Watchmen in theaters because I just moved to where I am now and don’t have a group to go to the movies with yet. The people I do know here aren’t really into movies, and even less into the type of movie I suspect Watchmen is. Thus, no seeing Watchmen yet. Still, the advertisements did their job and got me interested, at least as far as the book is concerned. Thus, when I had the chance, I went and bought the book, figuring it would be interesting and I could count it toward my Once Upon a Time challenge.

So. Watchmen is a graphic novel about a group of masked heroes in an alternative version of the Cold War. There seems to be a plot to kill former heroes (there was a law passed to outlaw vigilante-like activity) and the remains of the hero community tries to find out what is going on.

One of the most interesting aspects of Watchmen is how flawed all the characters are. Half of the “super-heroes” are nearly, if not completely, insane. They are not all good – they do bad things and are mean to each other. If you were expecting Superman and Lois Lane or Bruce Wayne or any of the classic comic book heroes, you are in for a surprise.

I don’t usually have to think about the art, but I will say that the art of Watchmen was very good.

Actually, I would have to say I basically enjoyed all of the aspects of this book. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting and I might have wished for a few elements to have been changed but I liked this book.



3 Responses to “Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons”

  1. Carl V. said

    I’m glad you took the time to experience this. I just read it in December and was surprised at how well it held up over all the years since it was written. I was very impressed with the overall story. Saw the film and they did a good job adapting it and there were some lovely visuals. It is violent, brutally so, but was surprisingly faithful to the main storyline.

  2. I can’t explain why watching the Watchmen had me in tears several times. Something about the massive impact this book has had on my life. To suddenly see it all brought to life in such staggering detail was almost like walking into a room and find the characters alive in there. Yet I would hesitate to laud the movie! Poor bastards can’t win.

    Check out: Zephyr — a superhero webcomic in prose

  3. I also enjoyed the Watchmen – though “enjoy” is not really the right word as its a very uncomfortable read. I found it to be cynical,truthful and frightening.
    I have not seen the movie either and dont plan to. I suspect that a lot of the subtlety that I enjoyed in the book wont translate…

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