This has been one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched it before I even knew there was such a thing as graphic novels (I lived a very cloistered life before). I watched it even before I really understood the meanings and the feelings and the underlying messages. It was like something just resonated with me for no apparent reason.
The GN story is slightly different from the movie, but not so much that it changes anything I think. Also, I didn't spend as much time on the artwork as I usually do to really take it in and appreciate it. It's not that I didn't like it... it's just not the best I've seen and I was more interested in the story. To be fair the medium I used to read it isn't the best for that, but I'll be getting the proper copy soon, and then I'll spend some more time with it... I did get confused a lot by the characters, and I find that some characters' features changed during the course of the novel... irritating, but ultimately not a train smash ;)
Just rewatched the movie and although I think Natalie Portman was great, the whole time I was reading this I couldn't get Billy Piper out of my head as Evee... but a younger (Rose Tyler) Billie Piper.
I also realized how much they left out of the movie... I don't think it necessarily detracted from the underlying message, and I still love the movie, but I think the GN was better... obviously...