I chose this graphic novel for three reasons. The first and main reason I chose this graphic novel is because of the story’s background and how it relates to me and my French heritage, because the main setting of the series is in Gaul, which is also the part of France today that my grandmother is from. The second reason is because of the story’s interesting characters along with their astonishing personalities. The third reason why I chose this graphic novel is because I find it to be one of the funniest journeys out of the series that the two main characters Asterix and Obelix experienced.
The Asterix series is about the adventures of two Gauls, Asterix and Obelix, who live in a small Gaulish village rebelling against the roman empire, in the year 50 B.C. In Asterix in Switzerland, Asterix and Obelix are called upon to fetch an essential ingredient for a magical potion to heal the very ill (because he was poisoned) Quaestor Vexatius Sinusitus. Asterix and Obelix are sent on a mission to find the silver star (edelweiss) which can only be found on the highest mountains in Helvetia, Switzerland. During their quest, they come across some interesting characters: roman legionaries; a man who got thrown into a river with weights tied to his feet after dropping his piece of bread into the cheese fondue three times; a short innkeeper that demonstrates how Switzerland’s famous cuckoo hourglasses function, and a group of friendly mountain-climbing yodelers that help them find the silver star.
One of the characters that I really enjoy in the Asterix series is Obelix, Asterix’s best friend. Obelix has a hilarious past which has affected the way he is in the Asterix series. When Obelix was a baby he accidentally fell into a cauldron that was filled with magic potion giving the Gauls strength and speed. As a result Obelix is always super strong. Obelix is also very funny and tends to have a large appetite, for he enjoys hunting and eating tons of wild boar everyday! If I could meet Obelix I would want to hear all of his experiences traveling around the world, meeting different people, and what it is like fighting the roman legionaries surrounding their village, plus he seems to have a great sense of humor.
I enjoy reading and re-reading the Asterix graphic novels. They are adventurous, funny, detailed, and it keeps the reader interested. Those are the things I cherish in all the books that I favor. I would recommend this book in a heart beat if someone asked me what graphic novel would you suggest I read? I actually have already told several people about the Asterix series and brought a few of them to school and all the people I shared this book with, liked it as well.
There aren’t many other books that are quite like the Asterix series, that capture the feeling of the friendship between Asterix and Obelix and what they have experienced together, but there is a movie that I have seen that capture a small village fighting/rebelling their conquerers. That movie is Braveheart. Braveheart is about the Scottish not liking the way the English are running things, like sleeping with the recently wedded wives of Scotland, so they rose up above the English and went to battle. Another movie that can relate to the Asterix series is Gladiator. Gladiator relates to the Gauls fighting the romans, in Gladiator a man named Maximus was a Roman general who was betrayed and seeks revenge as a gladiator in the same time period. At the end of the day they are kind of like the Three Stooges because they always seem to get into these crazy situations that might seem a little ridiculous, and I can’t help laughing at how they always pull though.