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Parasha: V for Vendetta, May 5th reading


First off... I haven't read this before or watched the movie, so keep this in mind. I may speculate and it may end up sounding spoilery, or just ridiculous, or what have you. But I'm doing this from a fresh perspective.

Likewise, I won't be doing a spoiler sections for obvious reasons, unless people who have read/watched before want one, which I'll put up and then try to ignore. ;) So just let me know.

I'm assuming that this isn't just a "future" (which would be our past, technically, damn time passing), but a future of a slightly alternate world, given the "President Kennedy" stuff, although that could just be assumed to be Ted Kennedy or some such. At any rate, whichever the case, it's pretty obviously a product of the fixation of the time with possible nuclear bombings, and the Cold War. Except here, England prevails. If you'll pardon the expression.

I'm also at a bit of a disadvantage I suppose in not being part of British culture. I mean, I know about Guy Fawkes, but I don't really know the culture as much of Guy Fawkes day, what it means to an Englishman viscerally, and all that. So I suspect I may be missing out some, there.

At any rate, the story does a good job of making us sympathize with V, even as a terrorist (which is a much naughtier word these days), and hope for the downfall of the establishment even in a very short space. The obvious fright and nervousness of Evey is a nice touch. The backstory in chapter 3 is a bit more heavy-handed, but then it's hard to see how it could have been handled better and still convey the history of what happened.

And now of course, I'm wondering just who V is. So far my speculations have run to Almond (unlikely), and Evey's father (if it wasn't just happenstance that he ended up rescuing her).

Also: the mask is creepy!


That should work to at least hopefully spark some discussion! Remember, the next part (chapters 5-8) will be on Friday. Schedule here.

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silmaril
May. 5th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
AAAAARGH I was at Borders last night and I was going to buy this and then I forgot and arrrgh.
stormfeather
May. 5th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, pick it up when you get a chance, catch up later?
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stormfeather
May. 5th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Well, AT THIS POINT, yeah.
khedron
May. 6th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
I haven't read this before, so I don't know where it goes, precisely, but... I can't tell? From the intro that others mentioned:
[...] The simple fact that much of the historical background of the story proceeds from a predicted Conservative defeat in the 1982 General Election should tell you how reliable we were in our role as Cassandras.

It's 1988 now. Margaret Thatcher is entering her third term of office and talking confidently of an unbroken Conservative leadership well into the next century. My youngest daughter is seven and the tabloid press are circulating the idea of concentration camps for persons with AIDS. The new riot police wear black visors, as do their horses, and their vans have rotating cameras mounted on top. [...] It's cold and it's mean-spirited and I don't like it here anymore.
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stormfeather
May. 5th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
I read a teeny bit of the foreword, but not really enough! I'm horrible about forewords, afterwords, etc.

And I don't know why I never thought about the Irish terrorism angle, since I knew about it, after specifically thinking about how things might look from a British standpoint. Brain fart? Ugh.

Although I do wonder how the two viewpoints might still differ, given that terrorism is more of an actual fact/possibility over there, but from what I can tell is used as more of a scare-tactic and Bad Dirty Word over here? Then again, that might just be my outside perspective (for the British parts) talking.

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stormfeather
May. 5th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Good point! I was aware of the Britain/England thing enough to type most of it as "Britain" in my summing up, and yet didn't even really stop to think about the fact that it's England Prevails.

And as a side note, even after having it explained to me multiple times, I can never ever remember the differences between Great Britain, the UK, the British Isles, etc.
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