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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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Aug 21, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: 2library, 0type-graphic-novel, fiction
Read from August 18 to 21, 2012

OMG this was terrible. At first I thought maybe I disliked it because it was poorly rendered from novel to comic; but reading the one star reviews of the novel, people hated it for the same reasons I did. Let me preface this by saying I'm not a literary snob, and I don't think people are dumb for loving it. I enjoyed The Power of One when I was a teen, and it wasn't exactly great lit either. But thirty years later I prefer my fiction on the subtler side.

First, the relationship between the servant class and those they serve is so romanticized and paternalistic. Ease with all the self sacrifice for no good reason! And it extends through the generations.

Second, the moustache twirling villain. As soon as you make your baddie so Evil you stop being able to say something subtle and realistic and interesting about the people you're portraying.

Third, the coincidences. O the melodrama of it all!

Fourth, it's like some sort of misery porn. I felt manipulated. Like these horros happened to the characters just so we could see how eeeevil the baddie was, and for our protag to have something to redeem himself against. Like women in fridges. The tortured characters never felt rounded.

Finally, it seems like this is supposed to be about our protag finally redeeming himself, but he's really just dull and cowardly throughout. If this was a literary novel, that would work; but within a popular story, it was hard to tell if this was on purpose, or just bad writing.

I don't know why this was adapted into a comic, other than to make more money by jumping onto a popular trend. There are hundreds of stories out there, written as graphic novels, solely for that medium, that deserve to be read before this one. There were many points where I was confused and had to look up the plot on wiki. It didn't take particular advantage of the medium to bring (it seems to me) something new to the story.

Oh lord, go read Maus or something. This sucked.

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