Absolute V for Vendetta (V for Vendetta Complete)
For all of the criticism heaped on movie versions of novels and other literary works (well deserved in many cases), there are times when the filmmakers get it very right (e.g., Lord of the Rings, the Princess Bride, Schindler’s List). The Graphic Novel, in particular, is a format that lends itself well to adaptation and, in the right hands, can often IMPROVE on the source material. Examples of this, IMHO, would include: From Hell, Road to Perdition and Sin City. To that small but distinctive li...more
Certainly they can tell jokes and be charming, but not satirical, not biting. Subversion doesn't come naturally to them, and it should have been clear why: Conservatism relies on ideals, on grand her...more
Like Rubber Soul it tends to get overlooked and undervalued because it's "merely" a perfect pop record rather then a artform redefining masterpiece. V is simply put a potent piece of Pop Art. The story is bracing, the art beautiful, the way it plays with iconography of humanities past sins is simpl...more
Okay. There's political writing, and then there's political comics (Watchmen, also by Moore). Pure political writing, essays or editorials or what have you, doesn't have to leave everyone satisfied. It can leave some angry or displeased or challenged, so long as it makes its point.
POLITICAL COMICS HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT.
A political comic must not only make a clear political point, but it must ALSO be interesting in a way that is peculiar to comics: it must have a gratifying narrative, it must b...more
25/03/2013: Reading this again, now that I know a bit more about dystopia/critical dystopia and what Moore was trying to do. Let's see if I change my mind about this!
17/1/2012: I've decided to change this from 3 to 3.7
Yes, now I don't feel so bad.
Spoilers and babies coming. You've been warned.
I had to think about this one for some time....more
It's one of the first sentences that came to mind when you think about the masterpiece by Alan Moore & David Lloyd. However, the most powerful quote that sticks to my mind is...
People should not be afraid of their governments.
Governments should be afraid of their people.
That quote resumes the power of this story. Story of one man. One man who can be everybody. Everybody will remember "V".
One of the first impacts when I read reading this graphic nove...more
The movie cut whole swathes of the story out, and plumped up what was left with a good old fashioned mix of action sequence...more
Now, to be fair, I hate overtly political literary works. If a writer wishes to explor...more
It just... It's a work of utter brilliance. And intelligence and insight into humanity. Sure some of the 'predictions' haven't come true or were fl...more
I should point out before going any further, however, that I am in no way suggesting V for Vendetta or The Hobbit are anything less than classics. As works of literature both are vastly superior to most books written, particularly within their genres. They simply don't match the literary heights of their more lofty relations.
But this is about V for Vendetta,...more
V, who comes to represent anarchy, and the British government, who represent facism, are both one dimensional. The fascists are all deviant...more
So I read this book because people seem to think it is this great political tome and V is this great revolutionary character. I couldn't disagree more:
1. This graphic novel is deeply sexist. The main female character is weak, spineless and insipid, drawn in this awful vaguely tarty style, and used as less an actual character, and more as a plot point. V saves her from being raped and murdered - and I could get into a diatribe here about how much I dislike sexual violence being used for enter...more
V for Vendetta is essentially ‘Socialism vs. Fascism’. Well…more like anarchy vs. fascist governme...more
“It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses, and apologized to no one.”
I have not read many graphic novels in my life but it's been something I've been interested in reading more of. So I thought I'd start reading some this year and thought I'd start with a classic. I have seen the movie twice and thought it was amazing. It is such an imaginative movie and reading this showed me why. It had something so amazing to inspire a great movie.
I loved the fact that V is such an ambiguous character--you never really get any clue what his story is, other than the bare minimum. I tho...more
1. Loved V. He was very interesting, and an eccentric character. V is a very powerful symbol throughout the story which I liked.
2. SYMBOLS GALORE. Great symbolism and themes throughout the read. Very powerful.
3. I really liked V and Evey's story arc...not so much the Norsefire party. The Norsefire party was quite the unlikable bunch. But seeing the other side of the story and the characters that are attached to them, and how they were aff...more
Ianya bila V, datang dan berbual dengan Lady Justice. V, datang dengan kekecewaan, atas sikap Lady Justice yang berpaling tadah kepada manusia yang lebih sukakan ketidakadilan, sedangkan V, melalui borak panjangnya, menyatakan yang dia jatuh cinta pada Lady Justice disebabkan keayuannya (yang bikin makna bahwasanya keadilan itu indah) yang...more
Capolavoro di Alan Moore e capolavoro indiscusso della storia delle graphic novel, "V per vendetta", credo, non merita presentazioni, ma solo lodi infinite.
La forza stroardinaria di questa storia sta, innanzitutto, nella mescolanza dei generi che rende il prodotto unico ed irripetibile. Ad un esame superficiale, emerge che "V per vendetta" è la classica storia fantascientifica di ambientazione distopica, con un futuro regime totalit...more
Really enjoyed it. I didn't expect to like V for Vendetta all that much but after the first few chapters I was engrossed in the characters, the action, and the plot.
-The first couple of chapters were kind of confusing. I wasn't sure what was going on or who was who. The worldbuilding was all over the place - I didn't really know what the purpose of the Finger, the Ear, Fate, the Nose and the Eyes were, and it made for frustrating reading. It was only after I got a third of t...more
The concept was intriguing. Moore once again creates a clever political dystopia. The novel is set in 1990s UK which is under the rule of the fascist party. The party came to power after a nuclear war which eradicated Africa and Europe and drastically changed climate which in turn caused various natural disasters, hunger, and chaos in the country....more
Di saat yang hampir bersamaan, V menyelamatkan Evey Hammond, seorang gadis dengan masa lalu yang kelam dari jebakan para intel polisi saat hendak melacur. Dalam aksinya ini beberapa intel polisi terbunuh...more
The last 100 pages I also felt myself constantly gettin...more
The art was mediocre, the colors muddy. (I wish they had included the cover art before each chapter, too.) I had a hard time distinguishing one English dude in a suit from the next, but didn't care enough to make an effort. Thank goodness for that guy at the end with the cockney (?) accent.
I guess anarchy just isn't that interesting. I mean . . . here's the plot: there was a war, which allowed a crazy bureaucracy to develop with little personal freedoms allowed. Then this crazy dude tore it a...more
Any reader who's a fan of modern day 'dystopias' should check this out. It'll show you the real meaning of the word.
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces)...more