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How many times have you read Watchmen?
More than 10 times 24%  24%  [ 8 ]
8-9 times 9%  9%  [ 3 ]
6-7 times 12%  12%  [ 4 ]
4-5 times 9%  9%  [ 3 ]
2-3 times 41%  41%  [ 14 ]
1 time 6%  6%  [ 2 ]
I've read a few chapters once 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
I've read bits and pieces 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Never 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:38 am 
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I was trying to make this a poll but I guess I don't have that power.

Anyway... I've read it twice. I'm currently on winter break (gotta love college) and I'm about to start my third read-through today. Figured this would be a decent topic to flex your elitism and share revelations after reading it 'x' number of times.

This forum has seriously taken Watchmen to a new level for me. I read it the first time [last winter] and I was floored, absolutely enthralled in the story. The second time I read it was earlier this year, just around the time that this board was picking up and since then, I've been subject to an immense amount of thought, analysis, depth, and uncovering via this forum. I can't wait to go crack the first page again right now...

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:44 am 
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hurm i think i mustve read it properly 5 times or so and countless times flicking through
JDM says he's read it 20 times recently: impressive!
you don't wanna know how many times some of the older members here have read it!

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mike_tyson wrote:
I was trying to make this a poll but I guess I don't have that power.

There's still a lot I need to learn about the features of this board. I set up the poll for you, mike, I hope you don't mind. I'll see if I can set it up so members can make polls.

BTW, I've read it 3 times.

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mike_tyson wrote:
I was trying to make this a poll but I guess I don't have that power.

There's still a lot I need to learn about the features of this board. I set up the poll for you, mike, I hope you don't mind. I'll see if I can set it up so members can make polls.

BTW, I've read it 3 times.


Thanks. I was kind of hinting for you or Curi to make it into one for me.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:12 pm 
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I've lost count. I'd already read it about 10 times before I was stuck in the hospital for a week (that was before the Paramount board was even a glimmer in that studio's eye :shock: ) with an IV limiting my mobility. I wasn't allowed to eat. Watchmen was my friend.

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On my way towards a second time and I can see myself reading it again about 15 times in the future. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:21 pm 
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Well over 17,000 times.

Better than actual read-throughs, though, is the fact that I have studied the book at the feet of giants.

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I picked up my first copy in February or March of 2007. Since then, I've read it about four times.

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I skimmed through it once looking at the pictures.


Joking of course... kinda...I have no idea how many times I've read it. I've worn out more copies than I can keep track of. Thank goodness for the Absolute Edition.

Because Watchmen is so filled with detail, multiple readings are mandatory if you want to really understand it. But actually reading it creates a flow that can cause you to miss things in the art. I've noticed a lot of things by going through the book and NOT READING. Ignore the words and just follow the panels and really get into the art. You may be surprised at what you see and how perfectly the story flows from panel to panel.


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Vynson wrote:
Because Watchmen is so filled with detail, multiple readings are mandatory if you want to really understand it. But actually reading it creates a flow that can cause you to miss things in the art. I've noticed a lot of things by going through the book and NOT READING. Ignore the words and just follow the panels and really get into the art. You may be surprised at what you see and how perfectly the story flows from panel to panel.


For sure! I never would have picked up on the panel composition trick in "Fearful Symmetry" if it weren't for this board, though.

My first exposure was issue #1, and then the trade paperback that I got for Christmas in 1987. That was exactly twenty years ago, then. I was in junior high. I have two trade paperbacks, the first one with the Blake's shattered window on the cover, and a later edition with the close-up of the Smiley that kicks off Chapter 1. They're both dog-eared.

And I will probably be buying on of the current editions soon, because I've noticed it's re-coloured like the Ultimate DeLuxe Mega-Extreme Edition.

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2-3 times for me, working on my fourth, and then I'll try to avoid it a bit before the movie comes out, so I can forget some of it and not anticipate every single scene while I'm watching the movie.

After I read it for the first time I would come back to every few days and re-read various parts until I decided I should just read it a second time.

I love that with each reading, I pick up on something new.

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Having bought the monthlies when they came out, I'd read it a few times before the book was published. :)

Lost count, actually. Not an awful lot, really. But — I must add — I'm still seeing stuff. Some blinders that others have seen and posted about are still beckoning my awarenss.

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My first read-through was focused mainly on getting all the story straight.

Second read was a slower, closer read but still somewhat fast. I noticed some cool things throughout it.

This third read, I'm torn. I want to read the story very slowly and closely, but at the same time I want to delve into the artwork very deeply too. I don't know if I can do both at the same time since the book is just so dense... I'd never finish!

I'm leaning towards reading just the story very slowly and then doing an artwork-reading after that.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:52 am 
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hurm, for all of us who've read it at least a few times: which read was the best?

personally, it was the second - by the mars scenes in my first read i was blown away, but i was in awe from the first page the second time i read it...

waht about you?

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I dunno.

It just seems to get better with every read. The best reads are the one where I see something I've never seen before, or get an epiphany due to some situation or twist of phrase that Moore has planted in the text. :ugeek:

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i've had it 7 months and i've read it 7 times

although i have been missing out the black freighter and some of the texts at the end of the chapters the last couple of times

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About seven times, myself.

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1 time in finnish and 2 times in english.


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3 times complete (in spanish) and a lot of re-reads of chapters and fragments in spanish and english (cheking the translation of some parts). I read the first chapter in english comparing it with two of the different translations that exists in spanish (three al least in Spain, don't know who many can be in Latin America).
I want to do a complete reading in english, but I only have it in the computer, and I am very lazy reading in the screen :) I'm old-fashion and I prefer paper.

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