Calling all fangirls and Buzz Book Club readers: One of the most highly anticipated movies of '09 is coming to a theater near you on March 6, so this month's book club selection is the critically acclaimed series of comic books, Watchmen.
The saga of bringing this comic book series to the screen has been most dramatic. Director Terry Gilliam, who was first attached to the project, deemed the complex, groundbreaking work "unfilmable." Eventually the talented Zack Snyder took the helm mostly out of fear that someone else wouldn't do it well enough, and from the looks of the previews so far it looks like Snyder has done an awesome job. Filmable? Unfilmable? It's our turn to be the judges.
For those of you new to my book club format, here's how it works: I announce a new book each month. Every week I 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 discussion-provoking questions for you to respond to in the comments section.
To find out what Watchmen is all about and to get the first section,
The synopsis for Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons reads:
"It all begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet! Following two generations of masked superheroes from the close of World War II to the icy shadow of the Cold War comes this groundbreaking comic story — the story of The Watchmen."
The first section: Read from the start of the book through chapter three. Stop before chapter four. We'll discuss this section next Friday, Feb. 6.