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Parasha: V for Vendetta, May 26th reading

Sorry this is late, currently trying to un-screw my sleep cycle, so my sleep is, um, screwy.

Um, wow. Lots of... stuff. Yeah.

First off, I was obviously misreading it last time. I thought Finch hadn't got a shot off, and was just looking at his own blood and being all like "oh hai, I killed you!" But yeah. Damnit, V. But at least I feel he's less of a bastard (although still a loon) when he's willing to so casually clear *himself* out of the way as well, to allow a freer ground to rebuild.

I'll admit to having to cheat a bit and read the wikipedia section, to see just what was going on at the end there with the mask. I mean, it was confusing enough with all Evey's false starts, but I'm still not sure about whether she looked or not (wiki Pete says no, but I'm not sure), but we at least don't see. Which is... fitting I guess, but annoying to my hyper-curious self. But not entirely unexpected either. But still. Grr. (Even though I suspect he was someone who would be utterly meaningless to us, other than as number V at that prison.

And, being *horrible* with faces, I'm not even sure who he other two "possibilities" were other than Evey and her father, plus I had no idea who it was that Evey saved at the end (thus continuing the cycle, in a way) until I read Wikipedia. Which is not how I want to figure out a book, y'know? But I was confused! (Probably, the lack of sleep did not help.)

I'm glad that Finch survived, although I'm sorta wondering why Helen did as well, although maybe it's because whatever else she is, she's a survivor? That, and doesn't tend to put herself directly into harm's way.

I'm still skeptical that V would have been able to manipulate *everything* just to the extent he does, but hey, at least it falls within the "suspension of disbelief" umbrella. I would be skeptical that Evey could fill his shoes at all, except that it seems she's slated to be a rebuilder, rather than really follow in his footsteps.

Anyhow, I guess any further discussion on my part can wait for the comments, or wait to discuss the book as a whole.

Maybe later I'll put up a poll or another post, try to hash out what to do next month?


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May. 28th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Hard to say, really, since it seems to be more positively portrayed here than in Watchmen... or at least, there I got the impression that it was more left to stand because it was a fait acccompli, but that it was a horrible way to go about it.
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May. 28th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
This.. is a point. I had more of the impression it was still being portrayed as a negative way to go about it - Veidt was the villain, after all, and the characters only really reconciled themselves to it because it was already done, so there's nothing to be gained, and any possible good to be lost, in revealing things. That, however, may have been more from my own naive, idealistic viewpoint, and not what Moore was trying to portray.

And to be fair to V, in this case it *may* have been the right way to go, because there's a difference between smashing a state, any state, and smashing a fascist oppressive regime*. But again, with the way things are trending, Moore might not be hinting at stopping at that. It is something to ponder, certainly!

(*) - And I enjoy typing this, because really how often can you type "fascist oppressive regime" in a discussion without it being completely overblown rhetoric?
May. 28th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and getting back to the longer comment:

Well, I wasn't going to critique the artwork, since it generally does its job, but yeah, it's not the best for distinguishing characters. (But on top of that, I really am bad at faces, so I'm doubly screwed I guess.) I don't think Finch had a mustache no... maybe Gordon, come to think of it, who could have faked his own death I suppose? And maaaybe the top one was the one who killed Gordon? I'm really not sure though.

And yes, storywise, who V was is unimportant. As a matter of personal curiosity though.. I want to know, damnit! So I can see *why* thematically it's good that they didn't reveal him, at the same time, the curious little kitty in the back of my head doesn't care about that, and is sulking.

And yeah, I'm also not painting V in the brightest colors possible, but also probably not the worst. I'm finding him somewhat sympathetic - more so than Ozymandias at least - but I also don't think he did every little thing for the Bestest Moral Reason Possible.