V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd | Book Review

Monday, 14 March 2016

Rating: 4/5

"Remember, remember the fifth of November..."

'Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance'

I had never read a graphic novel before, so I thought that this was a very interesting read! I had watched the film a few times before and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to see what the book/graphic novel was like.

As stated earlier, I had never read a graphic novel before, so I found it a bit difficult to understand the layout at first, but quickly took to it. Where I am used to just reading the descriptions of locations and can usually tell who is speaking, this wasn't the case for this book. The illustrations give you the location and the speech bubbles allow you to see who is speaking, so this was something that I had to get used to, but thoroughly enjoyed! It's quite refreshing to read something in a layout that you aren't accustomed to and actually made my brain work harder as I was looking for clues in the illustrations as to what is going on and also had to focus on who was speaking. 

Once I had gotten over understanding the layout, the story was intriguing me. I had seen the film a few times before, but not recently enough to remember what actually happened. As I was reading, some memories from the film came flooding back, but there was some content that I hadn't seen before, which was nice to read through.

Story-wise, this is a tale that I love! I'm all up for a dystopian society! It reminded me a lot of George Orwell's '1984' in a way. Although, this is quite a complex plot and I would recommend this book to someone who was over 16 years old, as it does include some graphic content.

The character of V is very elusive and upon the first meeting with him, the reader instantly want to know more about him; his true identity, his true meanings, but all is revealed at the very end for an understanding reader. I have to admit, I did find the storyline difficult to follow at times (I might blame it on me being a  'first-time-graphic-novel-reader') but overall understood what was going on. This story does make the reader think. It makes them think in the same way the V does. It makes them think like a society in ruins. This book also raises some very interesting questions and can be seen as very controversial for its time since it's first publication in 1988. As we read further into the novel we see topics such as totalitarianism, faith and identity.

I think you can analyse this book as much as you like or as little as you like and it will still be a very enjoyable read. If you do, however, decided to analyse this book, there are so many different themes to delve into and pick apart, like some of the topics/themes mentioned above.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book! Like I said, it was my first time reading a graphic novel and I really enjoyed the experience of a new layout and having to examine the text and images in a different way. This will certainly not be the last graphic novel that I am reading!

Let me know what you thought of this book if you have read it!

Love, K :)

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