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Buzz Book Club: The Conclusion of Watchmen

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,


  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
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Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
I finally finished the book. I had trouble getting through it because, quite honestly, I wasn't really liking it. I read a bit of comic books/graphic novels and I know that The Watchmen is considered iconic. However, it just wasn't for me. It wasn't until the end that I actually enjoyed it. I really liked the twist at the end. I like the the questions it opens...but, man, did it take a long time to get there! I don't think I really became engaged in the story until Chapter 10. I really like reading about heroes, so I believe they make good fictional symbols - I don't know how I'd feel about them in real life, however. Watchmen definitely effects me differently than Superman or Iron Man. These are very very different stories with different messages. I believe holding off on Ozymandias's story is really the only way the whole story line would work. I don't think he's evil, possibly misguided or crazy. Of course, what I think the novel wants you to wonder is - is he right? I think I held true to most of my original feelings of the characters, except Ozymandias. I didn't like Rorschach, that didn't change. Nor did I like the Dan/Nite Owl story - I thought it was weak. I really wish they had made the alternative universe background more clear early on. I couldn't figure out what the deal was for the longest time. I can see the relevance if you broaden the scope to the idea of different countries of the world being at odds with each other. I think the movie is filmable, although certain elements would need to be tweaked. Probably one of the biggest issues would be to integrate the pirate story with the Watchmen story. In my opinion, they could just leave that out.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
After reading the Watchmen, I think it will be very difficult for the film version to achieve the richness of the book. There's only so much an adaptation can portray. On the other hand, I really want this movie to do well. It's a great story. It's hard to categorize Rorschach. I can understand how some people may think of him as a noble matyr. In the end, he stood up for what he believed in and never compromised. But Ozymandias, despite his many flaws, did end up saving the world...So it's hard to say. If Rorschach had survived and revealed the truth, would the world be better off for it?
HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
@care0531 - 83% fresh on Sure it did get "a" horrible review; even one or two, but taken in context, not so much.
care0531 care0531 8 years
This movie got a horrible review!
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