When you turn on your television, or read the news you’ll notice the world is kind of a mess. I mean its probably always been this way, but the older I get the more I have been noticing the way the world works and that the injustices of history aren’t so far in the past as we’d like to believe. I’ve been paying attention to the heartbreaking atrocities going on in Ferguson since the murder of Mike Brown and this graphic novel just seemed like the one to read right now.
I’ve watched the film interpretation of V for Vendetta but this was my first time reading Alan Moore’s graphic novel. Set in England in the late 90’s a fascist government (Norsefire) has taken control after WIII and has eliminated anyone considered “other.” Black people, brown people, gay people have all been exterminated via concentration camps. The governing body is run as just that— a body. The head is the leader of Norsefire, the Fingermen are the secret police, the nose are the cops, the eye are the many cameras positioned around England to keep watch over its people, the ears are those put in charge or recording phone calls and listening in and the mouth, the propaganda division that spews lies to the masses. All of this to create the perfect society and to preserve the “survival of the nordic race.”
Prior to picking up this book I didn’t know anything about Allie Brosh—who is apparently a popular blogger with a pretty big following. This is probably why I didn’t realize this book was half doodles, illustrating the many anecdotes Brosh tells. She identifies herself throughout the book as a stick figure in a pink dress with a blonde cone for hair (cover) and the majority of the book is about her life struggles, her two dogs and family members.
I found myself identifying with some of Brosh’s stories, her battles with depression, her nonsensical urge to do weird things at inopportune moments and her inability to bend reality to her will (pretty much me everyday)—its pretty comforting knowing you aren’t the only one who has these thoughts running through your head. There were moments when I did think, “Wow this is pretty spot on.”
I think I could have done without so many dog stories, but since they seem to be such a big part of her life and this book is about her life, it makes sense that they were such a main focus. It’s just…well the stories about her dogs were cute for about 5 seconds, then they got annoying, and then I was pretty much done. I mean we get it, your dogs are idiots. Loveable, adorable, infuriating, idiots. I think she needs to call the dog whisperer or something because I don’t know how she deals with those two on a regular basis. I love dogs but those two would test my patience.
This book, as the title says is filled with hyperbole, so I did wonder which stories were exaggerations (I really hope the dog are exaggerated) and which ones were in fact true, either way I mostly enjoyed it. Funny at times, irritating at others but overall a solid read.