Thursday, 25 September 2008

V For Vendetta

Just a short review of V For Vendetta: I absolutely loved this book. I'd been meaning to read it for years, and when I spotted it at the library a few weeks ago I decided that the time had finally arrived for me to give it a try.

It's around twenty years old now, but still reads as though it were written yesterday. The thought of living in a fascist dystopia seems oddly close (will that ever go away I wonder?) The artwork is great, very simple in places, quite haunting actually. I'd seen the film previously, and while I can understand some of the changes that were made it doesn't stand up to the depth of the book or the expression of the themes within it.

While I think Hugo Weaving is a fantastic actor, the character of V in the graphic novel is a much more intriguing person and his goals seem much grander than the character in the film. The supporting characters also have much more to do in the graphic novel, you really get a feel that you are looking at a real world, a terrifying vision of the kind of world that could be.

1 comment:

Latharia said...

I loved the movie ... may have to look for the book!