Hello, Buzz Book Club readers. I hope you enjoyed the end of Watchmen! I think it's an especially good idea to read the book before you see the movie in this case, because a huge part of the fun will be seeing how close the film gets to the look and feel of the artwork. But we'll talk about that more in a second.
First, here's a reminder of how the book club works: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, went up every Friday in February). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section. And tune in next week for my March selection announcement.
To discuss the final section of Watchmen, in which we read from the start of chapter 10 through the end, read more.
- Overall, the book got me thinking about the common themes of superhero works — and about heroes in general. After reading Watchmen, what do you think about heroes as symbols? Do we need them? Does Watchmen have a different effect on you than, say, a Superman or Iron Man story?
- We don't learn much about Ozymandias until very late in the book. Do you think it's effective to hold his story back for so long? Do you think he's evil? Or just misguided?
- Speaking of which, how do you feel about all of the characters by the end? Is Rorschach a noble martyr or someone whose views are too rigid to survive in society? What about Dan/Nite Owl?
- The story is set in an alternate universe of 1985, with Nixon as president, and some of the political themes feel a little bit tied to that time. But overall, do you think it's still relevant today?
- Do you think this book is "filmable" as a movie? What do you think the biggest challenges would be in adapting it for the screen?