Watchmen: A Brilliant Adaptation

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Who watches the Watchmen? Well, fans of the comic book definitely should. While there were some minor changes to the plot of the film adaptation of the famous comic book, Watchmen, fans looking for fidelity will be very pleased with the movie.

While the newspaper articles, police reports, and the portions of Hollis Mason’s novel Under the Hood that were found between the chapters were an interesting addition to the story, I found myself more interested in the comic itself and felt that the additional background information given in these portions were not always necessary. Apparently, the writers of the film adaptation agreed with me on this, as the excerpts were not included and in fact Hollis Mason’s book was hardly even mentioned in the film. I also found myself getting antsy every time there was a scene in the comic that included the newspaper stand. I understand that this gave readers additional insight to the happenings of the time but I found them unnecessary, as I was more interested in what the main characters were doing. Thankfully, these were not included in the film either. Aside from these small changes, the only other key difference that I saw in the film was the actual attack on New York City as planned by our “villain” Viedt. I was so excited to see how it would pan out in the film and was wondering what the octopus-like monster would look. In the end though, I think that it was a wise idea to cut out the monster, as it could have made the movie a little hokey.

With only minimal changes, I feel that the film is most likely accepted by fans of the comic. The casting for this film was absolutely spot-on, as I felt that the characters looked, acted, and talked exactly as a reader of the comic would think that they would. Additionally, exact lines from the comic could be found in the movie and the settings were exactly how they were drawn on the panels of the comic book’s pages. Overall, due to its fidelity, I think that this is one adaptation that most “fan boys” and “fan girls” are probably very pleased with. 

 

Superhero Stories Kick Ass

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Though up until now I had never before read a comic book, I have always been intrigued by the idea of superheroes. I remember being in middle school when the Spiderman movie came out. I immediately fell in love with the concept of real people having awesome powers and using these powers for good. If we lived in a world like the ones found on the pages of comic books, the world could be a little safer, look a little more hopeful, and definitely be a lot more exciting. After seeing Spiderman, I went out and bought the merchandise-notebooks, bags, pencils-falling right into the trap of the franchise. I hadn’t even read the original comic, but I still considered myself a fan, as did countless others who were hooked on the movies.

 In my opinion, you don’t have to have read the comics, or even have the background story, to enjoy comic book-based films. Obviously, I am not alone in having this opinion, as dozens of superhero movies have come out and many have been hugely successful. This is not because everyone has read these comics. In fact, I would assume that the majority of the people seeing these films have little clue about what is going to happen in the plot of these films. The viewers of these films are there to be entertained, to see the action, and to be transported into this world that seems so similar to the reality we live in and yet has a dash of exciting fantasy. The Avengers, as mentioned in class, had one of the highest grossing weekends in the box office. The hundreds of thousands of people who came out to see the film likely did so because they wanted to see the film that brought together the characters of multiple other successful comic book films such as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America.

While those of us who have not read the comic books that these movies are based on can still enjoy these films, can we consider ourselves true fans? I completely understand why “Fan Boys” and “Fan Girls” would be annoyed at these people who consider themselves fans or even experts when they have not read the original source work. They feel they have earned this status by putting the time into reading and studying these comics. Nevertheless, whatever type of fan you are we can all agree upon one thing: superhero stories kick ass.  

Fake Geek Girls: Dr. Andrea Letamendi’s Article

Jessica Moreno

One Sentence Summary: Letamendi argues (from the perspective of a geek girl) that not all “fan girls” are fake and should not have to face microaggression from anyone.

Paragraph Summary:

Many girls are seen as imposters for being fans of comics. Letamendi argues that this view that fan girls cannot be real fans and be feminine is ludicrous. Many Fan Boys insult, or target these women with microagressions, by saying that these women must have gotten their fandom from men in their lives-brothers, boyfriends, etc. Letamendi argues that comic groups should not assume that female fans are not knowledgeable and that they should not be so exclusive. 

 

Battlestar Galactica: Yet Another Reason I wish I Was Alive in the ’70s

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If I could be a teenager in any decade in American history, I would definitely choose the 1970s. The hair, the music, the fashion, the mindset; I love it all. So much “Pop Culture” emerged in this time period, most of which I learned about through watching VH1’s I love the ‘70s and every episode of That ‘70s Show. During this awesome era, special effects were making major strides and ideas of the future were hugely popular. In the year 1978, the TV series Battlestar Galactica came on the scene, with its sci-fi idea of what the future had in store for the human race. The series took off with a huge following and after seeing the pilot episodes I can understand why. Despite the fact that the special effects seem cheesy to us viewers in 2013, they were exciting and innovative at the time and are still extremely entertaining to watch today. The actors are attractive and endearing (who wouldn’t love a man who made your son a robot dog?) and the plot line is interesting. The idea of a future where robots take over the world is still a relevant idea that strikes the interest of viewers today (hence the creation of a new, re-vamped Battlestar Galactica which came out in 2003). Even though we do not have to worry about Cylons (the closest thing we have is Siri), who knows what our future will hold? Battlestar Galactica offered a suggestion of our future that still seems unimaginable thirty plus years later. However, the point of novels, films and television programs is to push our imagination to the beyond and to entertain us with such outlandish possibilities.
While the 2003 version took a unique approach to the series, modifying characters and scenarios and avoiding replicating the original, I didn’t find it to be something to write home about. Just as I prefer the idea of life as it was in the 1970s, I also prefer Battlestar Galactica as it was in 1978. I know that if I was a teen when this series came out, I would have been clued to the TV.