There is no question that English writer, Alan Moore, is nothing short of a genius. But with so many of his graphic novels, including the upcoming film “Watchmen”, being adapted for the big screen, Moore has been vocal about his distaste for Hollywood. According to a recent interview in the L.A. Times:
“I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying,” Moore said. “It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The ‘Watchmen’ film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can’t we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change.”
With many of his graphic novels brought to the big screen, including “From Hell”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, and “V for Vendetta”, Moore has never felt that the films can do justice to the original literature and he feels no different for the March bound release of “Watchmen”.
Moore said that with “Watchmen,” he told the epic tale of a large number of characters over decades of history with “a range of techniques” that cannot be translated to the movie screen, among them the “book within a book” technique, which took readers through a second, interior story as well as documents and the writings of characters. He also said he was offended by the amount of money and resources that go into the Hollywood projects. “They take an idea, bowdlerize it, blow it up, make it infantile and spend $100 million to give people a brief escape from their boring and often demeaning lives at work. It’s obscene and it’s offensive. This is not the culture I signed up for. I’m sure I sound like Bobby Fischer talking about chess “
Regardless of Moore’s feelings for how his original work has been translated by Hollywood, his works have enjoyed major success by movie goers from around the world.