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?
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
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.
@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.
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:
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.
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