Figuring out this blog entries title was extremely difficult if I do say so myself. BUT regardless of the difficulty it’s charm is comical, and cunning much like the work of V for Vendetta. I first heard/saw V for Vendetta a few years back when browsing Netflix bored one summer. To my surprise it turned out to be one of the most fun and engaging movies I had seen in the longest time. The acting was great, the story was fun and fantastically original (depicting a Totalitarian View of The United Kingdom), and left me wanting more of V and his clever yet emotionally though provoking monologues. I found out that the movie was based on the comic by Alan Moore, who as I learned is an incredibly influential graphic novel author and artist. Unfortunately I never had time to dive into the original comic book but after the movie I began to see references to it all the time. This is where i realized the novel’s impact on society and how it’s ideals are represented today.
V for Vendetta presents the ideas of freedom, liberty, fair and just laws, and selflessness to ideas and people in a way most comic books and graphic novels do not follow. The market for these books and novels is dominated by the superhero genre and although V has some of the traits of a “superhero” such as extremely talented in martial arts, knife throwing, having a mask and cape even in some cases, V represents humanity and ideals rather than an individual trying to save the day per say. V for Vendetta uses such a similar art style to these superhero comic books that is almost a throwback to the Bronze Age of Comics/Graphic Novels. These themes in the book and even the movie get thrown into pop culture and even go viral sometimes.
One of the most recognizable ideals from the graphic novel and the movie is the Guy Faux mask. V in the book and film wears this mask to not keep his identity, but to preserve the idea that anyone could be V and that his actions against the totalitarian government can unite everyone to be like him. By the end of novel and movie this goal is accomplished and the mask becomes the symbol for his revolution and shows that strength in numbers against selfish and bad ideals can do great things. This philosophy was taken up by the Hacker group Anonymous. Not only do they use the Guy Faux mask in a similar if not identical way that is used in V for Vendetta, but the groups role is to prevent spreading of hatred and implementing human rights for everyone. Their online presence not only continues the ideals of V for Vendetta, but acts on them in the real world. This gives a reader or viewer of Alan Moore’s work a real life scenario of V’s mission and philosophy in a different atmosphere, whether it be a good thing or a bad thing.