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Buzz Book Club: Watchmen, Section Three

Hello, Buzz Book Club readers. I hope you're still enjoying Watchmen so far. This section brought us some otherworldly adventures and some good old-fashioned butt-kicking. Let's chat about it after the jump.

But first, a reminder of how the book club works: 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 10 through the end! We'll talk about the conclusion of Watchmen on Friday, Feb. 27.

To discuss the third section of Watchmen, in which we read from the start of chapter seven through the end of chapter nine,


  1. This section got me thinking about what kind of person would choose to become a masked adventurer. It seems like Dan is completely different as Nite Owl and as regular old Dan. What do you think would attract someone to that kind of double life?
  2. Speaking of Dan, what do you make of his relationship with Laurie? Their dialogue strikes me as almost hilariously old-fashioned — I kept waiting for Laurie to say something like, "Dan, take me away from all of this!" and fling a hand across her forehead.
  3. Of course, it's Dr. Manhattan who actually does take Laurie away. How does this section make you feel about him? Are you sold on the idea that everything is predestined and he can't change it?
  4. We're getting to know more and more about our most central female character, Laurie. What do you think of her, overall, as a character? Do you wish there were more women in the Watchmen?
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I love this book, I've been reading like crazy so I'm done before the movie comes out. The pirate thing better have a pay-off because its just getting distracting now (at least for me). Dr. Manhattan has always been non-emotional to me. I do wish there were more women in Watchmen, but to be honest they would probably get really tired of the other guys really quick (lol). Also it would probably shift the whole dynamic a lot because it seems like such an ego thing for some of the guys (Comedian...I'm looking at you!). I agree with Beanbag, Dan was always rich and had everything sorta given to him so it seems more like a thing of bordem in the begining.
beanbagchair beanbagchair 8 years
This section contained both by least favorite chapter so far, and one of my favorites. Seven is the least favorite, nine is the awesome one. 1. I think it's telling that Dan is shown to be incredibly rich. He was a bored guy who never struggled for anything, so he became obsessed with fighting crime and trying to do something meaningful or exciting with his life. Over time, it seems that this has made him even more weak and powerless when not wearing the costume -- although he think he looks hilarious and pudgy in the suit, not unlike some people I've seen at Comicon... 2. I really do wonder if the romance dialogue is intentionally bad, to bring out some sense of Laurie and Dan acting out parts in a play because both of them don't know how to form more genuine connections, or if the writer just couldn't put together good love dialogue. Totally torn on this front. 3. This is the issue that really emphasizes how non-human Dr. Manhattan has become. He doesn't even see other people as anything but collections of sub-atomic particles. I love chapter nine so much, it's ridiculous. That said, his perspective seems to be clearly wrong -- things can be changed and are changed constantly. Just because he experiences all of time as one moment, he gets tricked into believing it's pre-destined, when it's quite clear that him existing is what allowed technology to advance rapidly, the Vietnam war to be won, etc. That it takes Laurie for him to recognize that randomness and miracles happen seems incredibly ironic. 4. It's easy to sympathize with Laurie, but I've found it hard to identify with her. All of her life was screwed up by her parents, both the ones she thought she had and the ones she really had. Her mom made her dress scantily and fight crime from a young age, and then she's lived a sheltered life on a military base with an inhuman God for the rest of the time. What makes chapter 9 so great is that it shows exactly why she is like she is. It really makes her human.
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