- Portis, Charles — True Grit (215 pages)
- Simpson, Joe — Touching the Void (210 pages)
- Bardin, John Franklin — The Last of Philip Banter (207 pages)
- Millar, Martin — The Good Fairies of New York (278 pages)
- Millar, Mark — Kick-Ass (190 pages)
Page count: 1100.
Too many of my reading selections are influenced by the movies.
I was looking for movies to download and saw there was a recent movie made of Kick-Ass. I read a bit about it and learned it was based on a graphic novel by Mark Millar. I liked the only other think I've read by Millar (Wanted), so when I found the graphic novel on sale last week for only £6 I bought it and downloaded the movie.
Kick-Ass is kick-ass, in many ways better than Wanted. The story is very compelling and appealing. An ordinary kid wonders why there aren't any superheroes and isn't satisfied with any of the responses, so he takes it upon himself to become one. After all, a superhero is just someone who goes about doing good deeds, stopping others from doing bad, under a mask of anonymity. Of course, our hero fails spectacularly his first time out, for he has no redeeming qualities other than a good heart. Yet a series of unexpected circumstances put his alter-ego, Kick-Ass, in the spotlight, where he can, against all odds, make a difference.
Millar is an ace writer. He can be a bit over-the-top, but that's part of his appeal, and he really knows how to construct a story and develop characters within a short space. Which makes me wonder why the Hollywood types have to go and change significant parts of the story. Yes, it's my usual anti-Hollywood rant, which I realize is a bit hypocritical from someone who enjoys movies so much. The Kick-Ass movie was entertaining, but it could have been so much better if they hadn't changed so many important elements which define the characters. It must be an ego thing.