Graphic novels and their movies

August 19, 2010

As many people know, I am a comic book dork. Yes there have been times when I have not read them for long stretches but I always seem to find my way back. Hollywood has begun to use this trend for their own as well by producing adaptations of such wonderful graphic novels like 300, Sin City, and Watchmen. I will admit that I am biased against the movies solely because I almost always hold the books as gospel. But some adaptations rise far about the rest. Viewing Watchmen, which will not economically successful, was one of the most faithful movements from page to screen that I have ever seen. Without revealing anything, there is a large change in the ending of the movie but this actually enhances the storyline. V for Vendetta is a stunning visual movie as well and a compelling movie while the book has its own hits and misses. This is another movie that played with the ending that was presented in the book but this does not take away from my enjoyment of both mediums. Kick Ass was a fantastic movie that also did not perform well in theaters but was perfect for the comic nerd in me. After seeing the movie, I read the comic series and it was also brutal, colorful, and makes you think about everything. Hit-Girl is my hero. Changes were made to the movie to also have it more appealing to a wider audience but this did not take away from my enjoyment of both. The differences between them make me think and increases conversation about both. I will reserve my judgment on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World until I have actually read the comics but I love every moment of the movie and trying to decipher the pop culture references that you can see. Everyone who grew up in a Nintendo world or has ever played a video game has to see this movie and now. Please, make this the most successful graphic novel adaption of all time! I have exhausted all of my comic energy and now it is time to get back to Harry Potter. Find those Deathly Hallows, you!

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