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Though it might seem like it, I haven’t given up on the 9 Books for ’09 reading challenge. In fact, I just finished one of my books last week, after a long break away from the books that I spent mostly reading baby books.
I decided to make my book for the strange (not in your comfort zone) category The Watchmen because I’ve never read a graphic novel before and wasn’t sure that I’d like it at all. But my sweetie wants to see the movie, so I wanted to have read the book first.
I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. For a book that’s almost completely without likable or sympathetic characters (except maybe the guy who runs the newsstand), it managed to hold my attention well. I really liked that it combined the more traditional comic book presentation with different documents, which made it more like reading a regular book and provided the reader with more information than might have otherwise been possible.
I don’t know if I’ll read more graphic novels, or if I will any time soon, but at least now I can’t say I’ve never read one, and some of my stereotypes about them have been leveled, which is always a good thing.
In any case, I found it entertaining and engaging for such a dark tale, but I’m a little hesitant to see the movie now knowing some of the changes that were made from the book (isn’t that always the way?)