Sunday, December 6, 2009

Graphic Novel Unit

Watchmen: Writing Style

When analyzing the writing styles of both Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, present within Watchmen, it is identified that this writing style is unique from any other graphic novel. There are several ways to distinguish the way the text is being presented to readers, one of them being the support of visuals with a dialogue versus actual text that can be found within a regular novel. The purpose of this text is to provide the reader with extra details of events that have taken place within the previous chapter. This typically contains a detailed character biography or police documentation, building a sense of believability that characters within the graphic novel actually exist. Each character has there own unique dialogue based upon their character description. For example, Rorschach, the shady, quiet character, often condenses his sentences down to one word while Ozymandias, the smartest man in the world,generally has much to say based upon the current situation. This unique dialogue also helps make the characters more believable and allows readers to view the emotions and feelings one character might express.

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