52 Books: V For Vendetta

Just missed getting Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta included in the August readings.  This is book 47: just five more to go!

I missed getting this one in for August because, honestly, I wasn’t too into this one.  I had problems following the political sniping among the characters not named V because I wasn’t always sure which characters were which.  I also found some parts to really drag.  The plot felt a little disjointed, too.  And after watching the movie, I was even less impressed with the graphic novel.  If the movie had come out while I was in high school, I know I would’ve totally been into V for Vendetta.  But seeing it now, as an adult who is also living in the United States–in Baltimore–while Trump is president, the anarchist message delivered by V is really…naive.  And the way V goes about implementing his vendetta, it’s just so…Batman-esque.  And I don’t see how that could ever be a good thing.

I’m not sure if the movie version is a good movie, but it’s a much tighter, concise, and focused version of V For Vendetta.  The only thing that really surprised me about the movie version was the end when the ranking military officers give the order to stand-down as the crowd came towards them.  Given post-Freddie Gray America, I found that…refreshing.

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