I loved this novel! It was great for a graphic novel in its genre, that was certainly something new. Someone already pointed out that the murders in Torso were exactly the same as Dexter’s Season 1 serial killer, but that’s what really got me interested in it when I first started reading. I love how every graphic novel author/artist can find some innovative and fresh way to get their story across. For example, in Torso, my favourite pages were the ones where you had to turn the book to read the spiraling storyline (also a clever technique to get you more enthralled in the plot). I also love, like how Paul stated, that it’s very cinematic in form and style. The killer was a genius (although no one ever likes to admit the bad guy is smart for some unknown reason) and I thought it was pretty wicked how he created his own preservative for the bodies. Rock on, man. Then again, it really pissed me off at the end how the smartass checked himself into a psych ward to avoid charges. Also, I found this article about the same kind of torso murders from 2003 in Alaska. Hmm.
YES YES YES YES i was going to blog about the Dexter similarities. I noticed that the second they explained the murders. It was also in another show but I can’t remember what it was…
This one reminded me of The Corpse Bride’s story of how her dude said they were going to get married and killed her…
I liked how the end was so abrupt…and obvious. “Do not shoot another man/Or they’ll hang you in the jail” …duh??? Not to mention you shouldn’t shoot another man cause it’s immoral to kill people but whatever reason gets you to not do it I guess works
THE BALLAD OF GRACE BROWN AND CHESTER GILLETTE
This was my favourite one because of the mysterious aspect. It doesn’t directly say that he killed her, but the implications are so strong that it’s obvious. I thought the best part was when it talked about how his hands could pick flowers and kill Grace:
Did she think when he gathered those flowers
That grew on the shores of the lake
That the hand(s) that plucked those sweet lilies
Her own sweet life they would take?
(At first glance, I thought this said Guinness and I got too excited.) This was definitely the most catchy and rhythmic one of all of them. Also, when I read the title, I pictured Belle from Beauty and the Beast but that was the exact opposite of the one from the ballad…frowny face.
THE MURDER AT FALL RIVER
(Have any of you seen Devil’s Pond? It’s a great, cheesy film. I reccommend it.) This one just pissed me off because there’s not enough info to tell who did it. It could’ve been a murder-suicide, but it could also have been the daughter. And now there’s no way for us to tell.
THE TRAIL’S END
Fun fact! I’m related to Jesse James and my camera’s name is Bonnie after Bonnie and Clyde. Anyway, I liked this quote a lot: “‘I’ll never be free,/so I’ll meet a few of them in hell.’” Clever. The last stanza was pretty cute, but even though they were a pain to the law, they shouldn’t be relieved that they’re dead. That’s just cruel. At least I think so…rude.
ps. I won’t be in class tomorrow for reasons that are too complicated for you to care about so miss me and talk as much crap about me as you can fit into one class. #truegirdlers
Here’s that South Park episode i was talking about, if you guys have some time to giggle
It may be cliche, but this reading reminded me of Romeo and Juliet…more of a tragedy than a romance. The idea of doing anything to be with a loved one is really parallel to Shakespeare’s.
I really liked this reading; it also raises an interesting point. “In fact, the trial, which captivated the nation, was not for murder, but for lunacy.” I thought it was pretty crazy that they cared more about her loving another lady than her killing someone…
I found an article (pictured) from January 25, 1886 entitled “A Society Woman’s Crime.”
I thought it was interesting how in the Ballad, Alice’s quote: “Drive on, I’ve done it” wasn’t mentioned. Nor was Fred’s sister’s “trifling cut.” In this article, the journalist focused more on the actions of the parties involved and their prestigious connections rather than their relationship and the reasons for the murder. The only thing mentioned about reasons is “she slew another young lady who had slandered her” which is never explained in the article.
I think i just peed myself…this made my day.
So I’m pretty sure I read that right…they killed her by feeding her her own…excrements? Did they plan to kill her that slowly that way or did it just end up happening before they got to go through with their plan? Also, I talked to my friend about this, and he brought up a good reference. His exact words were, “Better than having to eat your own sister.” Hannibal Lecter!
I was confused when they said their punishment was to be “burnt in the hand,” so I looked it up, like I’ve been advised. It was just a branding of the letter of their crime on their hand. It’s strange to think, if Hester Pryne had been a man, would she have been burnt as well, or was it just the time change? Although we have been saying things got more peaceful, for the body at least rather than the soul, over time.
We talked about this same thing in my government debate last year about the death penalty. The side that was against it was like “what about the families what if someone in your family got sentenced to death” but then the side who was for it was like “what if someone in your family got killed and the person who did it was sentenced to death?” it brings up an interesting point.
YES THANK YOU UGH she drove me crazy!! I couldn’t figure out what her actual motive was behind everything…I guess she just wanted to be free to sleep around. But then she got married again…I have no idea. She was stupid
In the American Bloody Register I just really liked how it was basically just lists of all the crimes…even though every time it was mostly just “and then i stole four bucks,” “and then i stole two bucks.” But when he was talking about how he would take people’s purses and take the money out and then say he found their lost purse, he would take the reward as well. It reminded me of Emma Stone in Zombieland when she would pretend to lose her wedding ring at the gas stations…just me?
I love the exclamation point at the end of Jesse Strang’s story. Hooray, she got away with murder! Also it seemed the wife was just using Strang to kill her husband…if that’s so, what was her actual motive towards killing him? The other, Swearingen’s story, had an amazing ending sentence.