#1 Posted by elvisdad (17 posts) - - Show Bio

Ok I have a nephew in junior high who wants to know about watchmen. Is that appropriate for a 15 year old? And if not, what parts and what age is recommended before starting it?

#2 Edited by The_Tree (8283 posts) - - Show Bio

If he's got a decent amount of smarts and isn't immature about some of the touchy subjects, then I don't really see it being a problem.

#3 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

There's a rape scene in Watchmen. You decide how old he should be to see that, it's pretty graphic in the comic and sorta watered down in the movie.

#4 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20492 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends on maturity. I'm only 13 and I can handle it. And frankly, Watchmen is my favorite graphic novel of all time.

#5 Posted by Liara (428 posts) - - Show Bio

I read it when I was 16 and I loved it.

#6 Posted by Izaiah (5457 posts) - - Show Bio

Sure. I was 15 when I saw the movie.

#7 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38789 posts) - - Show Bio
@The_Tree said:

If he's got a decent amount of smarts and isn't immature about some of the touchy subjects, then I don't really see it being a problem.

#8 Posted by Suprman (442 posts) - - Show Bio

It really depends on the kid. If you think they can handle it then there shouldn't be a problem. Also try talking to his parents about it. But that's the way I would do things.

#9 Posted by Billy Batson (58756 posts) - - Show Bio

Sure, why not.

#10 Posted by Imagine_Man15 (1801 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm 15 (16 next month) and read Watchmen a few months ago... I loved it. There's some violence, language and some minor nudity, but I guarantee its not going to be the worst he's seen. And really, it probably wouldn't hurt him to explore a few of the more serious issues brought up in the story.

Granted, there was one scene that kind of disturbed me, but it was meant to be that way in the context of the story and I think anyone of any age would have an emotional reaction to it.

Reading it, I was glad not to be coddled. It tells the story it needs to tell without restraint, but it never gets more graphic than it needs to to get the point across. Honestly, I'm certain that you would do no damage by giving him a copy

#11 Posted by War (123 posts) - - Show Bio

why don't you read it first?

#12 Posted by warlock360 (28158 posts) - - Show Bio

nothing you don't usually see in your own family...

#13 Posted by Army2442 (1940 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd say wait until hes older more like 17/18.

#14 Posted by Jnr6Lil (7979 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes, 15 year olds aren't babies. Kids are learning more and more about things that are "touchy" everyday. And none of it really effects them, It just really depends on if the 15 year old would want to see that. A man can be 50 years old, and they could still find reading rape to be disturbing to look at if even they're mature enough to handle it.

#15 Posted by jonEsherfey (443 posts) - - Show Bio

@elvisdad: Yes I think that he should be able to see it. Unless he is really immature than I don't see a problem. Also may I recommend him reading the comic first so he can appreciate and then see the movie. Just a thought but I think that the movie will be appropriate.

#16 Posted by Twentyfive (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

You have to ask yourself: How old is 15 really? The average 15 year old American fully understands almost everything that Watchmen entails.

#17 Posted by Dracade102 (8126 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends on how mature he is mentally in my opinion... And if it's even the kind of thing he'd really enjoy.

#18 Edited by Funrush (1369 posts) - - Show Bio

Language should be okay for 15 year old, nothing he hasn't heard in school.

The violence is kind of graphic, but shouldn't be a problem.

Sex scenes are probably the most you should be concerned about. There is a rape scene (no genitals or nudity is seen, though.), and there is a sex scene (No genitals seen, the woman's breasts are, though). Dr. Manhattan walks around without pants alot, not in a sexual manner, he just didn't wear pants. Your nephew probably wouldn't really notice, or pay attention to it unless he was looking.

I read it at 13, like @YourNeighborhoodComicGeek:

#19 Posted by eippihrellik (271 posts) - - Show Bio

the movie came out when i was around that age and all me and my friends could handle it and we weren't mature at all so go for it dude

#20 Posted by The Poet (8179 posts) - - Show Bio

could be worse...

#21 Posted by ReVamp (22885 posts) - - Show Bio

Sure, if he's not particularly immature.

#22 Posted by darth_brendroid (1692 posts) - - Show Bio

The film is rated MA15+ in Australia (restricted to viewers of over 15 years); I recall reading the book myself when I was 15. Should be perfectly okay for a 15 year old to read.

#23 Posted by Video_Martian (5562 posts) - - Show Bio

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

Depends on maturity. I'm only 13 and I can handle it. And frankly, Watchmen is my favorite graphic novel of all time.

You're only 13?!? O_O

Honestly had no idea, lol :P

#24 Posted by Werupenstein (37 posts) - - Show Bio

If he is into comicbook movies and you want to get him a book, this isn't the book to get.

If he is into comics, should be fine, it was over the top for the time, but I think it's pretty tame now violence wise.

#25 Posted by Xanni15 (6758 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't even notice the more graphic or mature parts when I read it

#26 Posted by Spectre108 (269 posts) - - Show Bio

I read it when I was 15, and didn't really have a problem with it.

#27 Posted by _Cain_ (23659 posts) - - Show Bio

I Read it when I was Ten...

Still consider it my favorite comic to this day

#28 Posted by Redletter (1536 posts) - - Show Bio

Compared to some consul games & whats on past the watershed....watchmen is kinda tame now, good but tame

#29 Posted by ImmortalOne (3550 posts) - - Show Bio

I borrowed it from the local library when I was an innocent twelve year old... it's fine.

#30 Posted by Owie (4136 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it's less about how well the kid can handle it, and more about how much his parents (your brother or sister? or in-laws?) want him reading it.  Which is not to say that you should walk on eggshells around other people's opinions, or ignore the fact that most 15 year olds are probably well aware of every form of depravity and act of violence on earth, but if you want a good relationship with them, you may want to talk with them about it first, just so they feel consulted.

#31 Posted by turoksonofstone (12901 posts) - - Show Bio

book maybe, film no.

#32 Edited by PurpleCandy (839 posts) - - Show Bio

What a coincidence you make a thread about Watchmen, I just watched it. Well to be truthful There's way too much sex in that movie . Not to mention if he can understand the movie, he might loose faith in humanity, which is a good and bad thing.

Oh wait your talking about the comics? Not sure, the comics might be worse than the film in terms of graphicness. Have you read Ultimate Spider-Man? Haha so much dirtyness in that series

#33 Posted by elvisdad (17 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks all for the feedback!

#34 Posted by Jnr6Lil (7979 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Poet said:

could be worse...

Yeah kids watch all that stuff all the time.

And what are you guys definition of mature enough to read it?

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#37 Posted by JediXMan (31679 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends on the kid. Read it and decide.

#38 Edited by MadeinBangladesh (8902 posts) - - Show Bio

It has nudity language violence and I read the book and saw the film when I was 15 also. I doesn't bother me. I LOVED it.

If your cousin is OK with that Stuff, then show him WATCHMEN

#39 Posted by fojtikbt (94 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm 16 and I read it without any problems. I wouldn't recommend it to an immature 15 year old, but if they're mature then it should be alright. You could give them a few warnings ahead of time about the more "graphic" scenes in the book.

#40 Posted by nickthedevil (14541 posts) - - Show Bio

If he's mature, then totally.