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Wraithy
2009-04-26, 09:42 AM
I was feeling bored, so I went to a bookshop and bought the two volumes of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
I loved it. What can I say.

And even though I enjoyed the film (more for Sean Connery's "Bruce! Matilda!" line than anything else), I can definitely see why so many people were disappointed by it. And have noticed that I've become one of those people who whines endlessly whenever someone tries adapting anything into a film now.

But to get back on track:
I fell in love with the alternate reality presented in it. And treasured as many of the secret nods and hidden bits as I could find (memorably the dead Peter Rabbit).
Any other opinions on it?

Armoury99
2009-04-26, 10:07 AM
Yeah, they are great. The concept is one of the those awesome ideas that they invented the letters "OMG" for. You could argue that they're a little more gritty than the tales they are based on, but that's just Moore's style when he's playing in Victorian London.

And it just screams "make this into a roleplaying game" (to me, anyway).

Jibar
2009-04-26, 10:23 AM
I absolutely love the League and can't wait for Vol 3 to be published.
Though I've had some odd difficulties in acquiring the Black Dossier.
It's quite terrifying the sheer volume of literature covered by the series ands its absolute devotion to making them all work consistently in a world together.

Starscream
2009-04-26, 02:35 PM
I love the books. The movie was passable entertainment at best.

The disappointing part isn't that it's a bad movie but that it should have been a great movie. Now that's Hollywood has written the property off as a flop, we'll never see another adaptation (which probably suits Alan Moore just fine).

Verruckt
2009-04-26, 03:52 PM
I absolutely love the League and can't wait for Vol 3 to be published.
Though I've had some odd difficulties in acquiring the Black Dossier.
It's quite terrifying the sheer volume of literature covered by the series ands its absolute devotion to making them all work consistently in a world together.

That odd difficulty may be due to the fact that the Black Dossier is at least risque and at the most outright Pornographic. On the other hand it's got Moore written all over it. 1984 references abound, and Britain was found by an Immortal Greek Hermaphrodite.

You know, the usual :smallamused:.

DraPrime
2009-04-26, 03:55 PM
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is quite fantastic. The movie was alright, although I do like the fact that Dorian Gray was in it.

Satyr
2009-04-26, 04:47 PM
Great comic, the first and only movie I ever left while it ran in the cinema. While I am a bit ambivalent towards Moore's regard for the adaptation of his works - if you don't want to see a movie based on your works, why in hell do you sell the rights for the adaptation? - it is interesting to see how every try to actually make a movie adaptation of one of his works just prooves his position that it is not possible to make movies out of them. The LOEG movie was only the worst of them.

Dervag
2009-04-26, 05:22 PM
That odd difficulty may be due to the fact that the Black Dossier is at least risque and at the most outright Pornographic. On the other hand it's got Moore written all over it. 1984 references abound, and Britain was found by an Immortal Greek Hermaphrodite.

You know, the usual :smallamused:.In the US, I know you can find it in (some) Barnes and Noble bookstores.

WitchSlayer
2009-04-26, 05:27 PM
Great series, a ton of Easter Eggs and little things if you're willing to look deep enough. Black Dossier was extremely trippy at times, but I thought it was still solid. I'm looking forward to Volume 3 very very much.

turkishproverb
2009-04-26, 06:05 PM
I absolutely love the League and can't wait for Vol 3 to be published.
Though I've had some odd difficulties in acquiring the Black Dossier.
It's quite terrifying the sheer volume of literature covered by the series ands its absolute devotion to making them all work consistently in a world together.

Let me guess, your in Europe? Seems Diamand UK won't distribute it.

Jibar
2009-04-27, 07:35 AM
Let me guess, your in Europe? Seems Diamand UK won't distribute it.

Precisely.
I might just order it at some point, but I do so prefer the retail process.

Revlid
2009-04-27, 11:26 AM
While I am a bit ambivalent towards Moore's regard for the adaptation of his works - if you don't want to see a movie based on your works, why in hell do you sell the rights for the adaptation?

Likely because Moore doesn't actually own the rights.

I was disappointed too. Out of Moore's big three 'mainstream' comics (LoEG, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen), Gentlemen should have been the easiest to adapt into film form, and yet it was the worst.

Ah, well.

Thufir
2009-04-27, 01:14 PM
Precisely.
I might just order it at some point, but I do so prefer the retail process.

I saw something on the internet about it not being available outside the US or something, so I ordered it from Amazon. About a week later, I saw copies on the shelves in Forbidden Planet :smallconfused:

kamikasei
2009-04-27, 02:15 PM
I'm pretty sure I've seen the Black Dossier on shelves in a bookstore here (in Dublin). If it's hard to get I might have to pick it up. I hadn't expected a proper third volume, though - is one actually planned?

Thufir
2009-04-27, 02:28 PM
Yes it is. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/League-Extraordinary-Gentlemen-Century-1/dp/1603090002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240860300&sr=1-1)

Irenaeus
2009-04-29, 06:32 AM
Meh. The comic is only written to provide a cover for 20th Century Fox when they plagiarized Cohen and Poll's Cast of Characters script.
I still can't believe they actually claimed that.

Linkavitch
2009-04-29, 12:10 PM
Loved the movie. Never read the comic. Hope I will.

Yulian
2009-04-29, 07:52 PM
And it just screams "make this into a roleplaying game" (to me, anyway).

Ravenloft: Masque of the Red Death 3.5e D&D setting. They pretty much did that with a D&D twist. You can have Dracula fighting Imhotep for control of Sarah Winchester's gigantic ghost-trap house.

But the comics are excellent, I love a good pastiche with lots of references and I actually get a great many of the literary references and am pleasantly surprised by the ones I don't.

But the movie was a spectacular example of Hollywood "We know better" at work. All of the changes made to appeal to the movie audiences pretty much made it suck.

- Yulian

Icewalker
2009-04-30, 11:49 PM
I really need to read it, although I have a lot of other things to read as well. Still, I've heard it's awesome. I think I saw the movie, or at least part of it. It was...mediocre. Could've been cooler, better executed, better put together.

WalkingTarget
2009-05-01, 09:29 AM
Could've been cooler, better executed, better put together.

The comics are all of these things when compared to the film.

Finn Solomon
2009-05-02, 08:39 AM
I love the books. The movie was okay, in fact I actually saw the movie first before geeking out over the literature references, and going to buy the books later. Moore packs every character imaginable into those pages and it's wonderful to see his take on characters I read about all those years ago. Can't wait for the fourth book with its shift into modern times.

Revlid
2009-05-02, 10:12 AM
Meh. The comic is only written to provide a cover for 20th Century Fox when they plagiarized Cohen and Poll's Cast of Characters script.
I still can't believe they actually claimed that.

Thank god I quoted that - I'd missed the hidden text until doing so, and actually thought you were serious for a minute or so.

http://wikibin.org/articles/cast-of-characters-vs.-the-league-of-extraordinary-gentlemen-lawsuit.html

JonestheSpy
2009-05-02, 02:13 PM
Loved the first two books, but I thought that the Black Dossier was a bit much. I preferred the "slightly off" alternate reality of the first two to the "cram every fictional version of Britain into a single alternate timeline" thing. Still enjoyed it though.

Never bothered seeing the movie.

Irenaeus
2009-05-03, 04:27 AM
Thank god I quoted that - I'd missed the hidden text until doing so, and actually thought you were serious for a minute or so.

http://wikibin.org/articles/cast-of-characters-vs.-the-league-of-extraordinary-gentlemen-lawsuit.htmlI find the whoe lawsuit kind of surreal. I can certainly understand Moore's bitterness with regards to it.