13. Read Watchmen (Alan Moore).
I finished reading Watchmen this morning. I’ve been wanting to read this for probably two years now because a grad school friend of mine wrote a stellar paper about it and often talked of the graphic novel’s greatness and importance. I’ll admit, I had to get over quite a bit of the, “Really? You’re taking a comic book seriously?” attitude, but it was worth it. Now, I did not love this book as much as any novel I’ve read, but I did enjoy it quite a lot. The film is being released March 6th and I am really very excited about that; it looks fantastic!
I don’t think I’ll become a fan of the graphic novel genre overall, but I will continue to work at being more open-minded about it. Another grad school friend wrote his thesis about Maus and through our conversations, I really gained even more respect for the genre and a strong interest in Maus, specifically. I and II will both be part of “16. Read 30 books I haven’t read before.”