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Buzz Book Club: Watchmen, Section One


Hello, Buzz Book Club readers! I hope you're enjoying the dark and mysterious alternate reality of Watchmen so far. I think tackling a comic book series is rewarding in some ways and a little harder than a regular book in others. It definitely makes me excited for the movie. We'll discuss more in a second.

First, here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in February). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next section: Read from the start of chapter four to the end of chapter six (stop before chapter seven). We'll chat about this section a week from today, Feb. 13.

To discuss the first section of Watchmen, in which we read from the start of the book through chapter three, read more.

  1. Do you read this visual story any differently than you read a regular book? I sometimes read all the text on the page pretty quickly, but then I have to remind myself to go back and look at the pictures, too.
  2. So far, which characters and stories are grabbing you the most? Are there any that particularly intrigue you? Any that aren't holding your attention?
  3. The Watchmen are masked avengers — real, ordinary people, as opposed to superheroes like Superman or Spider-Man. What kind of story do you prefer: One about characters with superpowers, or one about average humans as masked avengers?
  4. Do you think that having the story set in an alternate version of our society — as opposed to, say, a made-up place like Gotham — works? Does it make the story seem spookier or more real? Or does it not make much difference to you?
  5. Do you like the chunks at the end of each chapter, in which we see documents or bits of other books? Or are you anxious to just keep going with the story?
  6. And I'm kind of loving the quotes that close each chapter, too (one from Bob Dylan, one from Elvis Costello, one from the Bible, etc.). What do you think of these quotes?
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