Saturday, February 21, 2009

Book Blog #1: Watchmen, New Moon and How I Live Now

Since yesterday, I've been reading Watchmen: The Absolute Edition by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons non-stop. I've been really excited about the movie (releasing March 6,) ever since I saw the trailer for the first time when I went to see "Zach and Miri Make a Porno":
Muse's "Take A Bow" is the perfect song choice for this trailer, by the way!

Anyway, the Watchmen series takes place in New York City during the cold war. After the death of Edward Blake (superhero aka "The Comedian,") other superheroes who have been either outlawed, in retirement or working for the government, are starting to get suspicious thinking that perhaps the government was behind The Comedian's death. The main instigator of this theory, Rorschach, is also the one who tries to get all the superheroes together to investigate.

Watchmen closely mirrors the contemporary world of the late 1970's-early 1980's. In the graphic novel, the superheroes' existence have dramatically affected and altered the outcomes of real-world events such as the Vietnam War and the presidency of Richard Nixon. Although the Watchmen are commonly called "superheroes," the only character who possesses obvious superhuman powers is Doctor Manhattan. The existence of Doctor Manhattan and the ownership the U.S. have over him has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which has increased tensions between the two nations.

Superheroes have become unpopular among the public, which in the novel had led to the passage of legislation in 1977 to outlaw them. While many of the heroes retired, Doctor Manhattan and the Comedian operate as government-sanctioned agents. Rorschach continues to operate outside the law.

Another book I'm starting to read again is New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. New Moon is the second book of the Twilight saga. I read Twilight in about a month which is really fast for me and then after that, saw the film and was really into the series for a while. Because of that, I felt like I needed a break and that's why it's taken me so long to finally start reading the second one. Something about the series is compelling, I don't know why because both Bella and Edward aren't very interesting. Something about these characters make you care about the story. When I find out what that is, I'll let readers know.

In between Twilight and New Moon, I read How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Rosoff is a new writer and a very talented one at that. The story is about a teenage girl who goes to England to visit her aunt and cousins in England. During that time, a nuclear war abrupts in Europe and eventually spreads to the United States.

Out of all three of these books, I'd say Watchmen is the one I'd start with first. I'm almost in the middle of the series and it's highly recommended.

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