This is a unique situation for myself I have found that elusive case of a film actually superseding a book, or in this instance, a graphic novel I discovered Snowpiercer on Netflix a few years ago and fell hard The haunting cinematography and fast paced dystopian plot impressed It also happens to boast a favorable cast So I picked up the graphic novel with a pretty high standard in place.The plot offers a potential that was better executed on screen and failed to fully come to life within the pages of this first volume The blurb is pretty definitive and there is no need to explore the concept in depth Perhaps the biggest barrier standing between myself and possible love for this post apocalyptic story would be dialog It leaned heavily towards dry and flat There seemed to be a lack of real depth within the story, yet so much was happening.The artwork was the one element that actually carried me through to the end Had it not been for the bold, grey scale illustrations offering a simplistic yet fitting representation of this bleak and dismal situation, I may have shelved this one I struggle to imagine this story unfolding in full colour Even the film was visually drab in the best of ways.The characters play their part but offer little in terms of interest Again, I have to blame dialog I found myself disappointed with the portrayal of women within this container like society, viewed as sexual objects and contributing little of value To be fair, that could be the result of the current societal structure in such confined spaces, but I could not get into or support the idea.While this was certainly not a terrible read, it failed to be an impactful one I do feel that the GN places emphasis on the political aspect of the story and manages to convey this successfully which was appreciated But there were a lot of lack luster moments that struggled to capture just how dire the situation has become I have read that there are some translation issues that might be at fault, but I honestly cannot offer any insight into the truth of those comments.The end result for myself was okay I don t believe I will pick up the second volume right now This is a series that boasts a fascinating story line but is moving at a very leisurely rate If you don t mind the pacing, perhaps test the waters For now however, I recommend the film which happens to be a favorite of mine.You can also find my reviews on Books, Vertigo and Tea. 3 1 2 StarsI love this concept, which was captured wonderfully in the movie of the same name starring Chris Evans.Basically the world has gone to crap It is an ice age were just a few seconds outdoors leads to death The only salvation is an enormous self sufficient train to nowhere that never stops.Seriously, if you haven t seen this movie you are missing out.Anyways, as is common with dystopian literature, the main theme is the poor being trampled by the heartless, selfish upper class One man from the back of the train escapes the horrors of the tail end ghetto and sees how the other half lives.The style of this book was awkward and often very choppy The lack of transitions were confusing, and there was no mention of time passing even if two cells were days apart The artwork is decent but sometimes it is difficult to tell people apart Still it is a great concept and the book does not shy away from bleak and disturbing I did not particularly care for the love interest She was treated as an after thought most of the time The ending felt abrupt but perhaps that is because there is another volume. Snowpiercer Is The Enthralling And Thought Provoking Post Apocalyptic Graphic Novel That Inspired The Critically Acclaimed Movie Starring Chris Evans Captain America, Fantastic Four Originally Published In French, This Marks The First Time That Snowpiercer Will Be Available In EnglishIn A Harsh, Uncompromisingly Cold Future Where Earth Has Succumbed To Treacherously Low Temperatures, The Last Remaining Members Of Humanity Travel On A Train While The Outside World Remains Encased In Ice The Surviving Community Are Not Without A Social Hierarchy Those That Travel At The Front Of The Train Live In Relative Luxury Whilst Those Unfortunate Enough To Be At The Rear Remain Clustered Like Cattle In Claustrophobic Darkness Yet, Things Are About To Change Aboard The Train As Passengers Become DisgruntledThe Movie Snowpiercer, Due For Release In , Is Directed By Joon Ho Bong The Host And Is Already Causing A Stir With Parallels To And Animal Farm Stay way unless you re a teenage boy.This is the hyped comic that is supposedly a treasure of French Bandes D ssin s that spawned a recent film adaptation by Joon ho Bong The Host, Mother What a bummer There are so many problems with this book and they can t all be due to due to poor translation Rushed storytelling the pacing is way too fast for any depth Very misogynistic Even the supporting female character is an irrational stereotype that can t wait to get it on in the first second of every scene she s left alone with the main character in Most of the major characters are paper thin Dialog is horrible And WTF is up with the last 2 pages They must ve screwed up in the printing There s a huuuge jump in time between them, completely skipping over a major development Lob just threw away the main character, and not in an love to hate it George R R Martin kind of way but in a Okay I m bored and have to keep moving on sort of way Although with all of that, and just like highly serialized YA manga that suffers from some of the same issues e.g Death Note , once I saw the teaser for the cover of book 2 I went from thinking this was a complete waste of time to wanting to know what happens next they got me I thought Then I realized there s no idea whose interest could be sustained by this immature writer. Just finished this fantastic graphic novel A train that is 1001 cars long must travel through a frozen wasteland without stopping or everyone on board will freeze to death From the back of the train to the engine all levels of social stratification exist When the powers that be uncover a planned revolt they decide to de hinge the back trains even if it means the death of everyone in those compartments. I assume that the flaws in this are because it s volume one, and that the subsequent volumes will pick up some of these threads and actually develop a gripping story Because this isn t It s a series of vignettes.Tincangoat s review raises a lot of the problems I experienced with the book, and I d add view spoiler where are they getting the hair products, makeup, and lingerie from With all the rape going on, where are the babies, children, and adolescents Wouldn t it, in these circumstances, be efficient for the ruling corrupt military regime to appropriate women from 2nd class and install comfort carriages rather than letting individual men raid at will Then you could also use it as a tool to instill fear in your political enemies Wouldn t it also make sense for the tailies to be forced to offer tribute, and sacrifice one person every week, whatever, to be made into special rabbit pies If not, then why have they been kept around for so long Why weren t they harvested carriage by carriage months years ago No one would know hide spoiler Yeah, no I was soooo very excited to read this after watching the killer trailer for the movie coming out this summer But, ugh, such a disappointment Flat characters, so very very much misogyny, and despite the interesting idea setting, it sboring I don t know how you make a story like this boring, but he managed to Too rushed, too thin I feel malnourished after reading it. I hadn t realized that the movie with the same name was based on a graphic novel, so when I saw this on a shelf I was quite keen to do a bit of a comparison.Overall the graphic novel is somewhat grittier than the film, focusing on the dire situation of the train, and the 3rd class tail scum where the movie added considerable eccentricity to the world, and a number of subplots and characters While I preferred the novel s political analysis, and developed history of the Snow Piercer I felt the movie did have developed characters, whereas in the graphic novel I felt that most of the introduced people were political caricatures which is part of the point I guess. I fail to see why people rate this book so high I didn t hate it, but I didn t like it either.That said, this isn t a ground breaking story and comparing it to Orwell s Animal Farm is not only wrong, it s embarrassing.The only reason I give this two stars, is because most of what I didn t like could be due to a bad translation, but I highly doubt it For example, I read a bad translation of Beowulf my first time through and I hated the book Years later I icked up the Seamus Heaney s version of Beowulf and fell in love with it That too, could be the case with Snow Piercer, but again, I highly doubt it.SPOILERS AFTER THISMy issues 1 The story is very disjointed Many little plots are scattered throughout the book, but none of them are followed through with and the main story becomes nothing than a Michael Bay race to the front of the train Boom Boom Some sex Boom Weird science Sex Boom SexBoomSex Old man living off crackers.2 The men in this book are either mindless military or religious drones or bad Eastwood Man with no Name ripoffs.3 Whereas the men are mindless, the women are merely in the story for sex and to die at the hands of men Yeah, women love sex as much as men, but this book is a Good grief wrongful representation of thatcompletely The women are either sexual hounds who not only let every man they meet hump them like horny dogs whenever the horny dogs want, but the women do so as if their whole purpose is to have a man hump the living hell out of them Then, if the women are not the whores of the book, they re sex slaves literally For example, the first class men raid the second class cars to bring back girls against their wills to be used as sex slaves Yes, I m serious Also serious, no one seems to care that this sex slavery is going on No one Not the men doing it Not the men watching it Not the men who you would assume think it wrong No one There is one female protagonist who starts out strong and seemingly intelligent, but all that goes out the window when she ends up banging the third class criminal man the first night they re locked up in a cell together After this, she s somehow in love with the third class criminal man a few hours later After she falls in love with him, she becomes a typical maiden in distress throughout every scene she is in I kept expecting her to faint and drop a handkerchief from her delicate hand 4 This train is on the same experimental track, going around the world, or some continent, non stop for YEARS, yet they always have water not explained Always have food explained, but corny Always have heat not explained And no one seems to notice that they ve probably passed the initial train station they got on, or any other landmark for that matter, while on this non stop trip Don t tell me it s because everything is buried in snow, because several pages show fence posts sticking up through the snow If you can see fence posts, you d be able to see a landmark or two.5 I don t care if there are swear words in a book, but when they are overly used, or used continually, it really ruins the story One swear word in this book is used simply as a title for the third class I thought it was a joke, but I was wrong.6 The characters are superficial and care nothing about each other, or themselves Therefore, I cared not for them.7 Multiple plot holes that would take much too long to mention OK, I need to stop I m starting to irritate myself.Anyway, if you re wanting to read a book that reads like a high schooler wrote it for a writing class, this is your book There s a movie staring Captain America that came out in South Korea last year 2013 and is supposed to be out in the US this year 2014 that I ll most likely go see at a dollar theatre simply to see how different the writers and director make it from this book I m crossing my fingers until then that the movie is much better.If you re looking for a sci fi or dystopian book novel or comic avoid this one and pick up V for Vendetta , Wasteland , Orwell, Dick, Heinlein, Lowry, or other and you can t go wrong. Rating 3.5 of fiveThe film is beautiful to look at, and the message apt and timely It s 2 06 11, which is at least 20 minutes too long The metaphor of the train is resonant the acting supports the message of the metaphor well, with Chris Evans as revolutionary Curtis doing a bang up job of being a gigantic force compressed into a tight, unyielding metal tube The seriously skeevy Mr Big of the train Wilford, played by Ed Harris, was so oozingly vile that I wanted many horrible things to happen to him onscreen Regrettably they did not.It s a good film The graphic novel was well served, though I found the print version less appealing than the movie It was chaotic and underdeveloped its characters The film had the advantage of drawing from the whole series of them, of course, and that could well be the source of its superior character building.All in all a good experience and an instructive one in Trump s America The ordinary rental price is 3.99, and well worth it I spent a piffling 99 as a promotional price and couldn t be satisfied with the value for money ratio I d be much vocal in my praises were it not for the ending as is so often the case suddenly the focus of the story is switched away from the main line, grinding to a stop rather than arriving at a destination view spoiler The nugatory daughter of a secondary character gets the last minute of screen time to deliver a snowy landscape set piece featuring a polar bear on a mountainside No Really hide spoiler
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