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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Show #42 - December 16

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V for Vendetta

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary:
vendetta [venˈdetə] noun: a fierce, often violent, long-lasting dispute
Example: There has been a bitter vendetta between the two families for many years.

Arabic: ثأْر
Chinese (Simplified): 世仇, 族间仇杀, 深仇
Chinese (Traditional): 世仇, 族間仇殺, 深仇
Czech: vendeta
Danish: vendetta
Dutch: bloedwraak
Estonian: veritasu
Finnish: sukuriita, verikosto
French: vendetta
German: die Blutrache
Hungarian: vérbosszú
Icelandic: blóðhefnd, ættvíg
Indonesian: pembalasan berdarah
Italian: vendetta
Japanese: 相互の復讐
Korean: 오랜 세월에 걸친 격심한 대립
Latvian: vendeta; asinsatriebība
Lithuanian: vendeta, karas, kerštas
Norwegian: blodhevn
Polish: wendeta
Portuguese (Brazil): vendeta
Portuguese (Portugal): vingança
Romanian: vendetă
Russian: вендетта
Slovak: vendeta
Slovenian: krvno maščevanje
Spanish: vendetta, enemistad mortal
Swedish: vendetta, blodshämnd
Turkish: kan davası


  • Dear Lene Taylor,

    I am slowly making my way through the archive of your shows (I am currently listening to episode 33 while I type this) and your enthusiasm about that which I also like brings back all the love I have for it as well, such as the Superman Returns movie. I agree with what you talk about and a lot of what you say makes me think. It's also good to hear a woman talking about women, because it's something that, until recently, I've heard so much about.

    One thing I must bring up is your rant about Eric Larson, of whom I know little about, but I agreed with what you say. However, it also makes me a bit worried.

    I'm a white male, and I write original superhero fiction of my own design, crafting a world where one superhero and her friends live their lives. However, I don't want to be an ignorant male and write stupid, 2 dimensional characters. I have good friends and fellow writers who do know their things, but according to "How to do Good Female characterization" on coffee critters.com, I don't really have a lot of female readers to look over my stuff. I am glad to say that I meet a lot of the other points in the article, but my near-lack of female proof-readers has me a bit worried.

    I love writing female characters, and I love strong, well-done female characters, so I want to contribute to that and not fall into the pit traps done by other companies.

    I hate to go on and on like this without really having a point, but I just want to say that your podcast makes me think and makes me laugh, and I just want to do right by women, both real and fictional, because, as Tamora Pierce, co-writer of the new White Tiger series, says "They're worth it."

    Jamie Jeans a.k.a. Big-Wired

    By Blogger Jamie, at 4:48 AM  

  • Hello there. I am a first time listener to your podcast. I enjoyed your podcast and can identify with a lot of what you said. I did think it was a bit hypocritical to go on and on about the stereotypes of women as whores and harlots and how that just perpetuates the stereotype, but the "fat old white guy" stereotype is perfectly acceptable. In my opinion, V for Vendetta is all about stereotypes and set in an era where these stereotypes were an important part of the story. I wouldn't slam Alan Moore too much, as I think they were used for literary reason. I don't think it was made to perpetrate stereotypes but call attention to them.

    By Blogger Jamie, at 7:02 AM  

  • Very interesting views about V for Vendetta.
    One of the 'English' things which often gets missed is that most of this book first appeared in the early 80s in a british comic called Warrior. Like most British comics this was a large format A4 size (about 11.5 x 8.25 inches). It was also in black and white. When DC picked it up for American publication the artwork was shrunk down to the more conventional U.S. comic book size and it was coloured.
    I think this explains why a lot of reviews criticise the lettering and the artwork on the faces. It was much easier to read the dialogue and tell the characters apart when the art was seen in its original size. I think they did a good job on the colouring but it still detracts slightly from the impact of Lloyd's B&W shadow work.
    You said that you wouldn't have wanted to wait for this story to come out in each issue. Imagine how we Brits felt. Warrior folded in early 1985 just as Evey emerged from the prison cell to find herself back in the Shadow Gallery. It was 4 years before we got to pick the story up from there in the DC run!

    England prevails!

    By Blogger medic_ut, at 6:54 AM  

  • Lena, I have listen to all your podcast which I have enjoyed very much.

    Thanks to your podcast I have become a fan of graphic novels.

    I purchased the paperback edition of V. It was 6.8" by 10.2 ". I had no problem reading the written words.

    I agree with your comments that the people in the book aren't that well drawn but the coloring is very well done.

    I have seen the movie and although I liked it I didn't think it was great. I might rent it and watched it again but I wouldn't buy it.

    I found the paperback more interesting. The character V in the book is I think more ambivalent. He could be a revolutionary or just a mad man out for revenge.

    In the movie I think Natalie Portman is miscast. She is alright in the first half playing some who lives in fear. In the second half I would have preferred an Evey with a little more passion or fire. Instead Ms. Portman plays the role like someone who has gained confidence but lost her emotions. She is loyal to V but I doubt she gives a crap about any revolution.

    Whether Ms. Portman was directed to play the role this way or simply lacks the emotional range as an actress I don't know. She was perfect in her first role in "The Proessional". She played a 12 year old girl whose family is killed in a drug bust. She is taken in by a professional hit man, played by Jean Reno. She plays the women/child role. There is the perfect balance of caring and sexuality between her character and Reno's. I don't think Ms. Portman has shown that much character development as a actress since then however.

    I think Natalie Portman is beautiful. A beautiful porcelain doll. That is not the same thing as sexy. To me sexy has more to do with attitude than how you look. Sexy means passionate, exotic, sometimes playful and a little dangerous. Being pretty does not in it's self make someone sexy. Of course my views have probably have changed a great deal now that I am older (63). When I was younger a hocky stick with hair was sexy.

    Thanks for the recommendation of the book. I am glad I bought it and equally glad I didn't buy the movie.

    Ed Dyer
    CT USA.

    By Blogger Ed D, at 12:08 PM  

  • Hi,

    I really enjoyed your review of V for Vendetta. While the Graphic Novel does leave a little to be desired in some areas, it is a great work from Mr. Moore. I was equally happy with the film version (best "comic" movie that year for sure) and understand that certain changes needed to be made to keep it relevant. I look forward to listening to more of you podcasts.


    SiliCon 2007

    By Blogger SiliCon Chair, at 1:08 PM  

  • New podcast? Pretty please?

    By Blogger Levendis, at 3:37 PM  

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