V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

My first “graphic novel”. According to Wikipedia, a “graphic novel” is

“a fictional story that is presented in comic-strip format and presented as a book.”

I’m not a big fan of comic books but I did enjoy reading this. At some points, the comic format did get to me though. But despite that, when you look at the novel as a whole, it is worth reading.

The strength of V for Vendetta lies in the fact that its themes are universal and they remain relevant till date. In fact, I think some of the ideas are becoming more relevant in this day and age.

So give this one a try even if you dislike comics. If not anything, it will give you something to think about.

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How does it compare to the movie ? Well, for one thing, I was quite surprised at the degree of difference between the two. The movie is a more toned down version and I somehow found the novel to be darker.

But where the movie scores big time is with the character of Evie played by Natalie Portman. I’m sure everyone will agree that she did an amazing job and brought strength and dignity in her portrayal. In contrast, the Evie in the novel is a perpetually weepy, confused mess who keeps saying things like “I dunno”. This gets irritating and frankly I found Rosemary’s character to be more likable.

Have you read/watched V for Vendetta ? What did you think ?

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