'Lost' Book Club: 'Watchmen'
Entertainment Weekly "Lost" guru Jeff "Doc" Jensen totally called it back in February when he opined that Desmond was possessed of a set of qualities he'd seen somewhere before. And it's no surprise considering "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof called this graphic novel the "greatest piece of popular fiction ever produced."
We're talking about Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's "Watchmen," our next selection for the "Lost" Book Club.
"Watchmen" follows the lives of a handful of all-too-human decommissioned superheroes as they navigate the murky waters of post-glory day life. Each is motivated by a deeply personal struggle and faces different challenges in a world badly in need of saving. Hidden agendas, a bumbling shadowy government and sketches of a seedy, not-too-distant future make for an oppressive, yet addictive, read.
Why We Chose It: Because of the obvious "Lost" parallels:
Why You Should Read It:
Because it's a richly told tale made all the better through the combination of text and images -- which earned it a slot on Time magazine's list of All-Time 100 Best Novels. If you're new to graphic novels, this is a great place to start. If not, "Watchmen" is definitely worth a reread.
Also, the novel is en route to the silver screen; Zack Snyder ("300") is slated to direct, while Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (that's Denny from "Grey's Anatomy") and Jackie Earle Haley are all set to star. Read "Watchmen" now and you'll be super-prepared when the movie comes out in 2008.
We'll reconvene on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET to discuss "Watchmen" with our very special guest Jeff Jensen. We're especially excited about having Doc Jensen join us, not only because he writes so brilliantly about "Lost," but also because we believe he may have a Batphone that links him directly to LindeCuse. Hopefully we can find out for sure during our September chat.
-- Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly
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