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I still haven't seen Watchmen, but from the moment it was announced, I knew two things would happen: my enjoyment of the book would be slightly diluted by the unavoidable discovery of how many people liked it for the "wrong" reasons; and every comic geek in the universe would crawl out of their whiney-holes to find some abstruse thing to complain about. (Note that I certainly do not exclude myself from this latter category.)

But then a funny thing happened. As I predicted, a million billion geeks soiled their Iron Man underoos over the fact that the collective main characters are referred to in the movie as a group called "the Watchmen", when in fact, they were never an actual group, and they were never called the Watchmen. BUT! As far as I have seen, there has been absolutely no mention of the equally meaningless and pedantic fact that in the movie (or at least in the upcoming DVD release), the pirate story is referred to as Tales of the Black Freighter, when in fact the story is called "Marooned".

Either America's geeks are less informed than I thought, or less geeky. I'm not sure which I'm rooting for. In fact, I'm not even sure if I'm happy or sad about this development.

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perich
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
my enjoyment of the book would be slightly diluted by the unavoidable discovery of how many people liked it for the "wrong" reasons

Oh, you've got friends with Rohrshach quotes in their Facebook status / user profiles / e-mail sigs, too?
ludickid
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Shit, I don’t even have to go THAT far — Zack Snyder seems to think that the great thing about Watchmen was its layout.
archaica
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
And the tits.
calamityjon
Mar. 6th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Rorschach's tits are pretty badass.
superdaintykate
Mar. 6th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Nipples like little clouds! Wait...now they're dogs.
conrad_zaar
Mar. 6th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I still miss all those weedy teenage boys enthusiastically quoting Tyler Durden.
archaica
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I like how we live in a world where "I still haven't seen Watchmen" is a seemingly-necessary statement when the film has only been in theaters for ten hours.
ludickid
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Ha! Fair enough, though I was more referring to the fact that a lot of my friends and colleagues are movie critics who apparently saw it weeks ago.
archaica
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hah, true, you do operate in a kind of Empyrean Sphere of geekdom.
hipsterdetritus
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I suspect that a lot of these so-called geeks actually skimmed over that "pirate comic shit" section (especially the end-of-book text explanation) because they wanted to see more fucked-up crazy Rorschach escapades, and subsequently never found out that Tales of the Black Freighter was the title of the series and not the title of the story.
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brandiweed
Mar. 6th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I admit that as a callow 16-year-old being reintroduced to comics, I skipped a lot of the extra material because I thought they were still *visual* indicators of the way the world was different (ones that you couldn't really render as just comic panels, like the Watchmen toy line ad), without realizing that they were meant as a lot more than that.
schtune
Mar. 6th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
I never *skipped* the text bits, but I sure didn't have the patience for them that I did on later readings. I think this is more a testament to how compelling just the narrative can be - I was in a hurry simply to see how the story resolved. The supplimentary material was much better appreciated when I wasn't distracted and had a basic understanding of the characters, ready for a little more depth.
calamityjon
Mar. 6th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Man, for many a long year I held it in my heart that the sign of a creative failure on behalf of a Watchmen adaptation would be if the main characers were referred to collectively as The Watchmen, but every time I see it in an ad or trailer, my immediate reaction is "Well, that's pretty necessary for the purposes of condensing the story."

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