Sunday, March 26, 2006

And Another Reason For The Young To Read Classics

I went to see V for Vendetta last night. Thank goodness I had the foresight to read The Count of Monte Cristo when I was a teenager, because there were many, many references to it in the movie. In fact, I think an argument could be made that V for Vendetta is a very violent, bloody updating of the story.

So young'uns, when you find yourselves with a lot of time on your hands because you can't get into R-rated movies, use some of it to educate yourself on the classics. Once you reach the age of seventeen, you'll enjoy sexy and/or violent movies so very much more because you'll understand all the literary references.

School Library Journal, by the way, described the original V for Vendetta graphic novel as being appropriate for grades 9 and up.

Oddly enough, I haven't seen any reviews that mention Monte Cristo. Does that mean absolutely no one else has read the book or noticed that aspect of the movie?

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