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Thursday, February 7, 2013

I'm a Comic-Book Girl / 'V for Vendetta' Graphic Novel

For those of you who didn't already know, my favourite movie ever is 'V for Vendetta', starring Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman. It has been my favourite movie for years. About two years ago, I discovered that the movie was based on a graphic novel, and I decided I wanted to get my hands on a copy. Of course, I never went ahead and did it. I just put it on my Christmas wishlist.

Guess what Santa (or my boyfriend) got me for Christmas?


I got stuck into the 'V for Vendetta' graphic novel last week and finished it today. In all honesty, I only spent three days reading it (the other days were spent doing other writerly things), but when it was in my hands I could not put it down. I hate the fact that I haven't read comic books before, because this was so good, and yet I kept getting lost and confused because I couldn't distinguish some of the minor characters, but it was still awesome!

*SPOILER ALERT* There's definitely a severe difference between the movie and the graphic novel. Things were added and taken away from the movie. For example, I was most disappointed to discover that V never does the huge speech with words starting with the letter 'v' when he introduces himself to Evey in the comic. And then the movie omits the fact that Evey is actually a 16 yr old prostitute, or that she ends up having a sexual relationship with Gordon before he dies. On the other hand, I was severely relieved that both the graphic novel and the movie included the scenes were Evey is imprisoned and tortured and finds a letter from a woman named Valerie in her cell. It was my favourite scene in the movie and it's still my favourite scene in the graphic novel. *SPOILERS OVER*


I think that I might have to try for some more graphic novels and comic books. I already have 'The Watchmen' and 'Hush, Hush' on my list. Any recommendations from those of you elsewhere in the blogosphere?

Have you read the 'V for Vendetta' graphic novel before, or another graphic novel or comic that you loved?

- Bonnee.

6 comments:

  1. I haven't read and the V and still have to see the movie. Once a year we have a big event in the public library here with many authors of graphic and comic books presenting their books, many with beautiful illustrations. We had a few authors from Australia last year.
    But your story about your boyfriend reminds me the advice by literary agent Mary Kole which I implemented in my second novel. She said that you have to show love with acts of love, not just say it ... like the man bringing M & M candies to his woman because he knows that she loves them.

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    1. I'm hoping to see a lot more conventions and events like that later this year when I'm living in the city :) That's the downside of being a country bumpkin... Would definitely be cool to see a comic book/graphic novel event like that :D

      My boyfriend definitely knows how to show love with acts of love. This isn't the first time he's gotten me exactly what I've been wanting! Mary Kole sounds like she's got some good advice :)

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  2. I didn't know the movie was based on a graphic novel! Interesting. (Not that I've seen the movie, though.)

    I haven't read enough graphic novels to really have an opinion; the series that sticks out the most in my mind is Bone.

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    1. You should definitely see the movie AND read the graphic novel :D

      I shall have to look into 'Bone' :)

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  3. I've seen (and greatly enjoyed) the movie, but haven't read the graphic novel. My daughter performed the Valeri 'letter' for her Theater Arts class last year. What I really liked about the movie was how much of it was about *ideas.* It was quite powerful.

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    1. I would love to see some performances of the Valerie letter! And the fact that it is about ideas and is very effective is exactly why I love the story. If you're into comic books, you should definitely invest in getting a copy of the graphic novel :)

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