Thursday, April 09, 2009

A Sign I am Aging: The Watchmen

I head some talk about the graphic "novel" The Watchmen from a number of my students since the movie came out a while back. It is nearly a near consensus among the students that the graphic novel is better than the movie. Anyway, I told one of my students that I'd like to read the book, because the book is almost always better than the movie. Recently the same student came into the theology office to see if I had gotten around the reading the book. The conversation went something like this:
Student: "Hey Mr. C. Did you get a chance to read The Watchmen yet?"

Me: "I looked through a copy the other night at Barns and Nobles and decided not to get a copy.

Student: "Awww why not. It's really good."

Me: "Honestly, it has too many pictures for me."
Needless to say the student found this amusing and so did the other faculty in the theology office. I never thought I would not read a book because it had "too many" pictures. I mean, isn't this what people are supposed to want in a reading experience? Nahh. I think I'll just stick with my imagination.

1 comment:

Niall Mor said...

Hello Paul and a Happy and Blessed Easter to you!

If you're interested, you can read my review of Watchmen here.

Short version: The so-called "heroes" are just as creepy and repulsive as the so-called villains. I didn't like it and wouldn't recommend it. If I were Pope, I wouldn't place it on the Index of Forbidden Books, but I wouldn't commend it to the faithful either. IMHO, you haven't missed much if you haven't read it.

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