Cymbeline: Posthumus Leonatus, page 4
Now is a good time to explain myself with the Posthumus Leonatuses that are everywhere. See, in this adaptation, you only follow a single character at a time. Pretty much every character knows something that another character does not know. There’s deception everywhere, it’s what drives the plot. In the original play, the audience is informed of all the deception as it is happening, and the fun is in the dramatic irony, that you know what the characters don’t. You get to see how everything plays out while you know everyone’s secrets.
In this version, you’re just as deceived as the characters are. You experience a different story and different set of deceptions depending on whose story you read first. Ideally you’d be able to choose from all the points of view, but those aren’t available yet because I haven’t drawn them. So you have to start with the point of view of the leading man, Posthumus Leonatus.
Also, the emphasis on deception is the main reason for the noir setting. Well, that and I was on this huge Humphrey Bogart kick. Who am I kidding! I’m still on a huge Humphrey Bogart kick, the man is amazing.