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Parasha: V for Vendetta, May 7th reading

So we get to see inside the head of the Leader, but it falls rather short of sympathetic when it turns out he's a jackass willing to tread over everyone else (unsurprising!), plus we've already seen the results of his leadership. And his love affair with the computer is just creepy.

And it turns out, surprise surprise, that V is crazy! Well, either that or way overly dramatic. Because dialogues with statues of Justice are not for normal people! Then again, neither is blowing up Parliament, but it needed blowing up. (Also? Love affairs with statues are as creepy as those with computers.) Also I can't really agree with his monologue about Justice... yeah, the word has been perverted by the current regime, but that's not truly Justice, it's Law. There's a difference.

Love affairs with pigtailed little girls? Creepiest of all! And just wrong. Not that that needed saying, I'm sure, but might as well keep up with the theme. We also start a nice theme about the devil (and comparing him with V of all people, who's probably the best of the bunch except for Evey, not that that's saying much). The "Sympathy For the Devil" quote is a nice touch.

The links to Room V make me wonder just how much of this crusade for V is actually rising against a corrupt government, and how much of it is just personal revenge. Guess we'll have to Read And Find Out. (Or I will, anyhow.) I'm also wondering what the "kill me sentiment" line is about.

We also meet one "Delia," who given her reaction to the rose that V left, I'm suspecting has some importance yet to be shown. We shall see! (And also, just how likely is it that these random people are going to recognize a type of rose that's thought to be extinct, when probably 99.9% of the population wouldn't be able to identify rose species that are still alive...?)

Anyhow, it seems like there might have been some other thoughts rattling around in here somewhere, but if I dredge them up I'll add them to comments.

Remember, the schedule is here, next reading will be on Friday!


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May. 7th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Agreed on the creepy counts. And the rose thing, the farthest I get is usually "hey, a flower!" Other than that, no thoughts from the newb, other than I think seeing the movie ruined some of this for me. >.>

Also, it is Friday. :p You mean Monday.
May. 7th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
And the rose thing, the farthest I get is usually "hey, a flower!"

I actually like flowers and usually grow at least some of them each year, but if I saw a rose about the most I'd be able to tell you about it is "yeah... that's a rose."

I think seeing the movie ruined some of this for me.

At least it'll be interesting at the end to see how the reactions of people differed, depending on if they've read the book before, seen the movie before, both, or neither.

Also, it is Friday. :p You mean Monday.

Er yeah, that. I think my brain was thinking "okay, it started on Wednesday..." and didn't go on from there. Or something. Sorry for trying to move back your weekend on you, everyone!
May. 7th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
It's not a love affair with a statue; rather it's a love affair with Justice, using the statue as a stand-in for the concept of justice-vs-the sort of "law and order" that the government of V's time represents.
May. 7th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Shhh, stop screwing up my nice little trend with cold cold facts!
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May. 7th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Man, I really should read Tigana again. I mean I remember it enough to remember what you're talking about, but am realizing it's been a while.

(That's the problem with discussing books... it makes you want to read/re-read too many other things!)

Oh, and speaking of books (in a total aside), I think you might like Rosemary and Rue if you get bored and want a new series in the genre to try.

Ahem, anyhow. This is why I'm glad to have someone at least a bit better steeped in the British side of things reading along, because I otherwise wouldn't have realized it was a Very Specific Statue, and thus more in the vein of the Parliament blowing-uppage.

And yes, I'm so cruel, trying to take away the weekend! Or at least to delay it a couple days.

(And I hearby restrain my envy long enough to wish you a good vacation!)

Edited at 2010-05-07 08:56 pm (UTC)
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May. 8th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know. I thought V was about as sympathetic a character as, well, I was expecting. Then again, I wasn't expecting much in that department, so that might be why.

But yeah, as I mentioned I am wondering how much of it is "fight against the tyrannical government and make life better for The People" and how much is "petty revenge." Which might also affect how I view him at the end.

Really though, I'm not sure what fighting he *can* do at this point other than terror tactics such as blowing things up, and striking unexpectedly from the dark.
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May. 8th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I mean, it's about vengeance, yes, but it could be a personal bitter vengeance, or a more broad vengeance against the government for how it's wrecked the country. Although I will admit that "Vendetta" does imply more of the former.
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