Alone With the Dead

“I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, 1954 This is one of the iconic vampire novels, maybe not as classic and powerful as “Dracula”, but it's close. “Legend” has been compared and contrasted with “Dracula” before: rather than showing a single monster invading the world of men, here we are shown a world of monsters, with only a single living man. This book has been made into movies starring Charlton Heston and Will Smith, but the first one, featuring Vincent Price, comes the closest to the book's narrative. Like that film, the book features more pathos than action. The protagonist, Robert Neville, wracked with tragedies both personal and global, finds his only solace in a bottle. But he hangs

Virtually Victorious

“V For Vendetta Graphic Novel”by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, 1989 This review will end up being as much about the movie as the graphic novel. I saw the movie twice before I ever saw the book. Comic books and movies are both visual storytelling medium, but a comic book and a movie are nonetheless very different. The biggest difference, in this case, is length. Knowing this, I expected the book to have more to it than the movie. I've never felt that condensing a book's storyline is necessarily “dumbing it down”. If the book was to be faithfully adapted into a movie, the movie would run something like twelve hours. That said, I was more than a little surprised at how different the two are.

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