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V for Vendetta

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Based on the screenplay by Andy & Lana Wachowski. Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future, in which freedom was not lost but surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime that rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

This is the setting for the parable of Evey, a young woman saved from dea

Paperback, 358 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Pocket Star Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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One of the best book ever ! V for Vendetta is just one of that stories which is almost impossible for you not to stop and think about it or at least feel something deep after reading.
I just love this book, specialy after watching the movie, because now i could take as much time as i want in order to "decipher" each one of the striking phrases mentioned by the characters.
You'll find good action, police investigation and a beautifull love story in here but not only that - there's also the best of
Christy Stewart
Who doesn't like their leading men to be burn victims who commit crimes in cosplay?
Ambs ♥♥
I liked this story for its complex yet simple storyline. Their were no love triangles, or sexual angst, but there was corruption and dishonesty. Interesting.

I really liked V and was curious as to who he was throughout. Good job with that. However, they never really reveal him and leave him a mystery. Not such a good job (ok, it does add to the storyline, I'm just pouting). At first I couldn't decide if I liked Evie, she seemed so insignificant, but she grew on me. I'm pretty sure I'd have acted
فنديتا حبيب الملايين :D

لسه شايفه الفيلم -لأول مره- من شويه بعد ما خلصت الروايه
عن نفسي حيبت الروايه أكتر من الفيلم... يمكن علشان ماشفتوش الأول, بس هي فعلاً مكتوبه حلو أوي
ملحوظه: أنا سمعت الروايه أوديو ما قرأتهاش و مالقتهاش "بي دي إف" غير الكوميك

عموماً الروايه هي سيناريو الفيلم... بس عاطفي أكتر بكتييير من الفيلم
عاطفي = emotional

المشهد الوحيد اللي حبيته في الفيلم أكتر من الروايه...لما "إيفي" بقت حره :)

الخمس نجوم و إضافته للمفضله ...لأنه أثر فيا بشكل خاص شويه ..و إحترامي للأفكار المضاده للرصاص
Outstanding! This is a novel based on (or a novelization of) a movie. The movie is based on a graphic novel (high quality comic book). I have listened to the audiobook of "V" a couple of times. I saw the movie first, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it enticed me to read (listen to) the novel. I was not disappointed. Now I want to watch the movie again as I've read that the book follows the movie dialogue closely. That is fine, but this novel is not an after-the-fact description of a movie. It in ...more
Ayame Sohma

The prelude to this tale, written several years after publication, plants the nightmarish backdrop for this graphic novel in terrifyingly real and tangible terms (most glaringly, arch-conservative Margaret Thatcher's declaration that homosexuality will be relegated to the dustbin of history, even as a concept). Similar terrifying and oppressive parallels can be seen in the more virulent and extreme fundamentalist nations and movements that seek to impose Shariah law on secular democracies. The e
John Martindale
So I was hoping that the book would offer a little more then the movie (which I loved), I was wrong (understandably so, since the novel is based on the movie, not the other way around). I think there were even less of V's aphorisms in the book then in the movie, which was upsetting. It seems the only thing the book expounded on was the absolutely laughable and ludicrous politic back-story to the fascist regime (which pretty much ruined the book for me). The movie was bad enough in this regard, b ...more
A thrilling and strangely uplifting story. I loved
The character of V. He showed me that although the past may make you who you are today, the future can still change you. Very 1984-esque, I sincerely hope that the story is not an insight into our future, though I'd be more then willing to join V in his fight against cruelty and injustice. This story is basically the movie scene for scene but it was interesting to read about each characters thoughts and feelings. Would recommend for anyone who lo
J. Libby
With an hour drive each way to and from home, I've opted for e-books to break the monotony of re-cycled news reports and the five popular songs that are on constant pop rotation. My first attempt didn't go so well. I was enjoying Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, but the majority of my drive happens in the dark and I was getting creeped out. Enter V for Vendetta. It was an awesome week of commuting. Read by Simon Vance, the man with the voice of gold, V for Vendetta was rich, complex, exciting, and h ...more
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Jenny Lee
I really enjoyed this novelization of Wachowski's film version of V for Vendetta. While I understand the objections of Alan Moore (the graphic novelist who originated the V for Vendetta story)--namely that this version doesn't focus on a fascism vs. anarchy conflict--I still found this story to be highly entertaining, thought provoking, and relevant to our current political climate.

Furthermore, I loved V's vivacious verbosity! His monologue when he first introduces himself to Evey was such a de
Helena Mulkerns
For a novel that was adapted from a screenplay that was adapted from a graphic novel that .... well you get the picture. After all that adaptation, it's a rollicking good read, tough and gritty and well-paced. I read it on Audible and enjoyed the performance by the actor immensely. Like all good dystopian scenarios, when you consider the current state of affairs in Europe and elsewhere, its future may not be too far off the mark. Worth the read so long as you're up for some fun and a little stre ...more
I wasn't expecting much from a film novelisation of a film based on a graphic novel but this wasn't disappointing. If you like the film you will like the book which expands on some key parts of the story that the movie dis not. If you are a fan of the floral hoc novel you may not necessarily appreciate the adaptation in this and film, but I do believe it is a reasonable interpretation that being relevancy to the political and social issues of today just as the graphic novel did in the early 80's
One of the few books I did not get the opportunity to read before the movie came out, I was so excited to read this book! I waited anxiously for it to come in the mail.

When I started reading, I instantly found myself playing pieces from the movie in my head (one of the reasons I generally tend to avoid movies based on books), yet I pushed on. Then, oh then, surprise! There is so much more to this story than the movie shows us! I loved meeting the characters who played a part in the way that V be
Yara Hatem
Part of my new years challenge, I'm trying to read books that are different from what I usually read. So A book written and based on a movie!
That's new for me. Even though that it was already based on a Graphic novel.

V is probably the most intriguing character, I've come across recently. He’s part action hero, part political activist. He’s a dangerous anarchist and a champion of democracy. He is, undoubtedly, a demented lunatic, but also a dashing and mysterious romantic male lead.
Thomas Fackler
The novelization of V for Vendetta chronicles the final year of a fascist English regime from the perspectives of Evey Hammond, the orphaned daughter of parents who became political and Inspector Finch, a NorseFire party member and everyday copper trying to solve the mystery of who V is.

The story, through Finch's narrative, tries to pinpoint the where, when, and how of England's immersion and eventual submersion in the fascist political process, but because Finch is distrustful of V's perspecti
I really enjoyed this book and I need to see the movie again sometime (it's been a while). There's the whole idea of rallying against a fascist, oppressive government. The government uses people's fear of others - foreigners, Muslims, gays, etc. that hits a little too close to home. As traditionally oppressed groups are allowed the same rights as the "ruling class", those in power become more and more afraid that they will lose that power. I had a whole diatribe written, but decided to delete it ...more
Mitch Holsten
In what is a rare, rare occurrence this book replicates the movie exactly. For this reason I skipped the last chapter, just skimming lines since after watching the movie, the book became like a screenplay. The greatest part of the book was the written alliteration used by V when first meeting Evey. It was beautiful
Daniel Kizlyk
Great story told in any medium. Because this book was based on the screnplay I felt like i was back in the theater watching it again one of the fifth or sixth times I went to see it haha.
Kathleen Wells
I loved this book. Now I want to read the graphic novel and see the film. It was amazing last night on way home as I actually go through Victoria underground where the ending happens.
This was the first (and so far, only) graphic novel I've read. I read it after having seen the movie, which I liked greatly.

The book was another story, though. I found the illustrations quite unhelpful -- some of the characters I couldn't really tell apart by looking at them. I don't know if it's expected that you give great study to each panel just to be sure who's in it. Had I not been familiar with the basic plot from the movie, I probably wouldn't have followed much of it.

Basically, even dis
Anne Brody
A perfectly good novelization of the brilliant graphic novel for readers unwilling to lower themselves to reading a silly comic book.
Andrew Quinn
I know that this is close to heresy, but I enjoyed this film novelisation more than I did Alan Moore's source graphic novel.
A very good novelization of a very good script. I appreciate added information to the visualization of the script.
It's my first time reading a novelization of a movie and I am very pleased. It's very faithful to the movie script but concentrates more in explaining the background of the story and the new order that is present in Britain, for me, someone who watched the movie fisrt, it helped me understand more of the tale as a whole. It doens't have as many dialogues for V as in the movie, and that was a little let down since he is such an interesting and unique character. You can pretty much say this is the ...more
A very well read audio book put together from the original graphic novel and the screen play. Simon Vance's voice is anything but dull and he employs a wide range of voices for the characters.
Nyie Rombeng
"revenge is the best dishes!" filosofi yang diplomatis$realistis saat dibutuhkan,seperti prinsip yang V yakini.dia"balas dendam"bukan untuk dirinya sendiri tetapi untuk sebuah revolusi kebebasan&kebenaran yang diyakininya.
it's perfect principle&idealism ever!,satu2nya kesalahan dari cerita ini adalah latar tempatnya(disini digambarkan berlatar negara inggris,seharusnya lebih tepat negara jerman karena pemimpin negaranya kanselir dan bendera negaranya lebih mirip ke n
added only a very few tidbits of information beyond what watching the movie will do. Still... great story
scary thriller well developed characters...
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