Derf Opens Up About His High School Friend Jeffrey Dahmer in New Graphic NovelOne day in , John Backderf got a phone call that retroactively changed his entire childhood. He learned that a horrifying series of murders had been committed by a friend of his from high school, a kid named Jeffrey Dahmer. The result is My Friend Dahmer , an acclaimed graphic memoir that has just been adapted into a film directed by Marc Meyers. What was it like to watch a finished cut of the movie? But at the end, I noticed I was drenched in sweat, so I had to go change my shirt.
My Friend Dahmer DVD and Graphic Novel double review 6/19/18
Derf Opens Up About His High School Friend Jeffrey Dahmer in New Graphic Novel
Original Title. Yep, he sure was. It was upsetting and revolting. View all 5 comments.
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My Friend Dahmer: is it time to stop glamorising the serial killer?
You can also subscribe without commenting. Sure, but everyone has their own prob. Do you feel scared knowing that someone capable of doing such things was a relatively normal-seeming human being standing right next to you. I'm compelled to note that there is A TON of abelism in this novel.
Clearly the awards judges and selection committees saw something engaging in this title. Now that I have read the title, and overall setting of the book, with faint knowledge of what he would become in the future, Ohio? Backderf lives in Cleveland. I hate to admit there were a few moments where I truly wanted to empathize with someone who at the time was just a troubled teen.
To the world at large, people remember Jeffrey Dahmer for one thing: killing 17 men and boys, making him the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper. We met at Neal's house, which just so happened to be about yards from Dahmer's boyhood home, which was still ringed with yellow police tape as forensic investigators sifted through the property looking for bone fragments. Now, we had gotten together periodically over the then 13 years since high school, and usually talk would turn to old times and often Dahmer would come up, and we'd recall certain things and laugh at the re-telling and wonder what became of him. But the events of July , when he was arrested and confessed all, had echoed back through our personal histories and re-defined all those stories. Now we had clarity, and suddenly these goofball tales had a new, utterly chilling meaning. And there were other stories that each of us had never shared, because they just seemed random or pointless. These too had new meanings, and suddenly they were worth telling.
More filters. How could the teachers have missed this! And once he did, the film is very true to the book, he wanted it? Want to Read saving…. Overall.
Clearly the awards judges and selection committees saw something engaging in this title. Robin : This is a title that has won both as a top ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens and an Alex Award — showing that both committees considered it appropriate for teens within the year old range and also acknowledging that it is an adult title that appeals to teens. Who do you think the strongest audience is for this book? Where would you or do you shelve it in your library? I loved the book, but I think it belongs in the adult collection. I do see teen appeal, but so much of the story takes place in the introduction and in the endnotes, and without reading those, I felt it was incomplete.
But he really shows the important thing: my smart-ass subversiveness. Lived in a nice home, a nice town. Teachers wanted to appear hip. How is it that we see this man as "normal" when he treated someone this way and then blamed the "adults" in Dahme's life for neglect.
I'd also like to mention that I feel this novel aims and does attempt to provoke some sympathy for Jeffrey Dahmer's past. We kind of noted, those were the only relationships Dahmer had at school? As Derf points out, What happened to that guy. Lists with This Book.