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Should I read the "WATCHMEN" comic before seeing the movie?

Asked by windex (2932points) March 4th, 2009

I think (imho) that there is no way any director can fit the contents of a regular book/comic into a 2 hour movie.
In books, the author can talk about how a certain character likes to wear his/her hat sideways for 3 pages, but you can’t fit that kind of content in a movie.
Will reading the comic ruin the movie for me?
I kind of don’t want to read it, but my roommate/evil landlord is tell me I should.
your thoughts?

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Triiiple's avatar

Yes the graphic novel is way different from the movie.

Kiev749's avatar

oh god yes. if you notice the trend, most motion pictures that are based on a book, they suck in comparison. However, i think that this movie will be the opposite.

eambos's avatar

YES! It is one of the greatest graphic novels of all time! Watchmen is one of my favorites, and I’ve read it multiple times. Reading the comic can’t ruin the movie, but only enhance it. You’ll be able to understand any insider references and trends from the book. I already know of 3 or 4 differences from movie to book, but I still think the movie can be great.

Please, if you ever want to read any graphic novel, this should be the first.

noelasun's avatar

Because the graphic novel was so good, and because we have no way of knowing how much justice the movie will do to it,

I guess it depends on how important the movie is to you.

If you want to enjoy the movie without being nit picky, I think You should wait to read the book til after the movie.

fireside's avatar

I can’t even imagine them fitting the same amount of concepts into the movie.
It would be hours long.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Yes, you should. The story in the graphic novel has more complexity, depth and nuance than any 2 1/2 hour film would be able to capture. And it’s a good story!

windex's avatar

Thanks for all the replies, I think I’m gonna think about it some more but since I LOVE Zack Snyder I don’t ever want to be put in a position to criticize him.
I might just read everything except the ending.

eambos's avatar

Everything except the ending!?!?!?!?!!

Just the the book! You won’t have a single regret, I promise!

dalepetrie's avatar

I’m not a huge graphic novel fan, so maybe it’s different than with a non graphic novel, but in my opinion, the book is ALWAYS better with very few exceptions. So to MY way of thinking, whenever I’ve read the book, THEN see the movie, the moview is almost ALWAYS a let down. What I prefer to do is to see the first, and if I REALLY like the movie, read the book and fill in the missing pieces. I think reading a good book can ruin the movie for you, but I don’t think seeing a good movie can ruin the book for you, therefore I’d personally err on the side of caution and see the movie, THEN read the book. But that’s me.

btko's avatar

Yes, but think of the film as an adaptation, which is all it ever can be.

chelseababyy's avatar

DO IT. We just went to the comic store today. Although my boyfriends brother has like, every issue of the comic.

adreamofautumn's avatar

Yes because a. the book is AMAZING and b. there is always so much more backstory and nuance that movies just lose.

meglovestulips's avatar

Great question! My husband bought me the book, and I’ve only gotten through Chpt 1! I think he may divorce me if I don’t read it before Friday!

MacBean's avatar

You should definitely read the graphic novel, but I think you ought to wait until after the movie. There’s stuff that’s been changed and taken out, and I think you’ll appreciate both the book and the movie more if you get the whole package afterward.

(Note: I’m generally not a fan of superhero-type stuff, but when I read Watchmen a couple of months ago, I loved it so much that I slept with my copy for a few days because I didn’t want to be any farther away from it than that. Seriously.)

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