Thero’s Recommended Reading: V For Vendetta.

Remember, remember the fifth of November…

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I’ve been wanting to recommend Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta for awhile and when is a better time to talk about it than in November! A quick history lesson for anyone who doesn’t know why 5th November is historically significant. On 5th November 1605, the Gunpowder Plot, a conspiracy to kill King James I and his Parliament was foiled when the conspirators where caught placing gun powder under the House of Lords in London. The most infamous of the conspirators was a man called Guy Fawkes, who was found guilty of high treason, his punishment was to be hung, drawn and quartered (I’ll let you guys Google that). Since that day in 1605, there has been an annual celebration of the failure of the Gunpowder plot called Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night, where there are firework displays and bonfires, where Guy Fawke’s effigy is sometimes burnt on it. Yes, the British do not hold grudges.

So what has this got to do with V for Vendetta? Well, firstly V, the anarchist, wears a mask bearing the resemblance of Guy Fawkes. Also one of V for Vendetta’s plot points revolves around V trying to bring down the government. I don’t want to go into too much detail about V for Vendetta, as part of its appeal is uncovering the truth about the characters and what is going on. Like other Alan Moore graphic novels, it is dark, pessimistic and at times, disturbing. The graphic novels looks at the darkest parts of humanity and at times you will struggle to like any of the characters, but it will also make you think. Its also full of some of my favourite book quotes, including:

Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain, everybody. Everybody has their story to tell.

If you are going to read on graphic novel, I believe it should be V for Vendetta. Its message is just as relevant today as it was when it was first published. What’s that message? You’ll have to read it to find out. At the very least, if you like stories about revolutionary anarchist fighting a government in a dystopian England, then I recommend reading V for Vendetta.

 

 

Featured image came from fireworksinternational.co.uk, while the book cover image came from goodreads.com.

3 thoughts on “Thero’s Recommended Reading: V For Vendetta.

  1. I am a fan of the movie. xD the message just seems scarily real, lol, especially today. I hear Moore hated the movie though, and upon checking out his graphic novel, I can see why. They changed so much, including the political message, and the characters were drastically altered as well. Moore’s message is a lot more dark and thought provoking, and the movie made it tame. I still like the movie though. xD

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    1. I have yet to see the film, but I did hear Moore wasn’t a fan. I guess the film toned down some aspects of the story in order to avoid increasing the age rating and to also appeal to a wider audience.
      I agree with you about the message being scarily real. When you look at what is going on in the world, you can’t help but wonder how close we are getting to Moore’s dystopian world.

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      1. Moore’s political message was kinda “british politics” related, but the movie changed it into an “American Bush is evil politics” to appeal to the main stream audience. Plus Eve is no longer a really sad drug addict, but a hot girl that carried a message of hope and promise. lol. I understand Moore’s annoyance, but I just really love the movie. It is like a commentary of the Trump presidency clusterf*ck. xD

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