V for Vendetta has been a favorite movie of mine ever since it came out. I had to watch the movie three times before I actually understand it, but once I did, it blew my mind. It was so crazy insane that, as a viewer, I could grow to love a terrorist, hidden behind a mask, just based solely on his thoughts and ideas. I eventually found out it was a comic book and I swore I’d eventually read it. It arrived at the bookshop a couple weeks ago for the Downingtown summer reading list (thanks guys!) so I had no excuses now; I had to read it.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot, I see of no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.” The story opens up on the fifth of November of 1997 when Evey Hammond (one of the main characters) gets rescued by our terrorist, V, from fingermen (a gang of secret police officers) who intended to kill her. V is cloaked head to toe and wearing a Guy Fawkes mask (FYI…Guy Fawkes was the man who attempted to blow up parliament in 1605) V manages to successfully blow up parliament that night sending a very strong message to the corrupt government of the United Kingdom.
During the chaos of the aftermath of the bombing, V goes on to kill three more people, Lewis Prothero, (the voice of fate- basically a propaganda broadcaster) Bishop Anthony Lilliman, (a pedophile priest) and Delia Surridge (the medical examiner). What the head director slowly starts to figure out is that these three people were all employed at the same death camp during the war. The camp was burned to the ground by the patient in room number five or V.
A few months later, V breaks into the main broadcasting center and delivers a speech to the citizens of London. He tells them to take charge of their own lives, and the government should fear the people and not the other way around.
I can’t write much more about the plot without giving it away, but the book is great. I really enjoyed reading it, but I feel like I still don’t really get it. I may sound like an idiot and I’m sorry, but its almost as if something is missing in the story in my head; like that “wow” moment. I’m hoping if I read it a couple more times I’ll understand it a little better. Besides that, it was a great book. The comics looked exactly how I imagined they would and the dialogue was perfect with different accents for different characters. I highly recommend this book so read it and let me know what you think!