Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Lifeby Bryan Lee O'Malley Published 18 Aug 2004
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Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rockband, he's "between jobs" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
"Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life" Reviews
I saw the movie adaptation a couple of years ago and, ever since then, I've wanted to start the graphic novels. I'm so happy that I finally did, because this definitely didn't disappoint! I liked it even more than the movie because the art is used in such a clever way, so different than any other graphic novel I've read before (I've only read Maus and Fun Home, but those were for school.) The humor was great as well and I already ordered the next volume so I can read it soon!
This is the first book (in a series of six) of “Scott Pilgrim” saga.
Creator, writer and illustrator: Bryan Lee O’Malley
AM I DREAMING?
Um… am I dreaming? -- -- I’ll leave you alone forever now.
My first contact with Scott Pilgrim’s world was through the movie adaptation, that I wouldn’t watch (at least not so soon as I did) if Mary Elizabeth Winstead (which I love) wouldn’t be in the cast.
And I would lost a lot! Since that movie rules!
So bizarre, clever, exciting and funny! Am I dreaming? This movie was just right for me!
I was watching it again last week (I have it in DVD and Bluray, and yes I am keeping both editions since the DVD has a magenta background in its cover, and the Bluray has a blue background in its cover, and if you know the most basic things about Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character) you well know that this is just wonderful and yes, I’d need a future format edition in a green background, dang it!).
So, I was watching once again the movie, and again I was thinking that I should read the original Canadian mangas (or are they comics? Whatever, dudes) and…
…in the following weekend I went to the XVII International Book Fair (a yearly book event in my country (Costa Rica)) and in a stand, there was a set with all 6 books (actually there were two sets, but it sounds more epic saying that there was just one set!) (and even with a special discount due the fair), am I dreaming? There it was just the right set of books waiting for me…
…take my money and give me that set!!!
And finally I am reading the epic saga.
By the way, I am sure, some of you, are wondering, and the movie adaptation covers the six books in the series, so nope, it’s not like the first book is the movie, and you’d read other adventures in the other five books. Nope. The six books in the Canadian manga series are what you get in the movie (of course, you may expect some deeper detailing here and there, and different approaches to the scenes).
What kind of tea do you want?
There’s more than one kind of tea?
The world of Scott Pilgrim (story’s main character) is a wacky one where silly things like physics’ laws aren’t quite existing so you can have the maximum level of fun there…
…So, this is a looney world when dream state highways can be a casual talk, 23-years old boys don’t know the basics of internet and e-mail (trust me, that’s not normal), and losing fighting dudes can turn into coins…
…yes, you heard me. Deal it. Chew it. Move on.
Scott Pilgrim is a 23 years old dude, he lives in Toronto, Canada, he’s between jobs and current bass player in a band, the Sex Bob-Omb (desperately trying to get a discographic contract). Scott has a roommate, Wallace Wells, gay, and Scott’s voice of conscience. Scott’s younger sister is Stacey Pilgrim and she’s the other voice of conscience for Scott. Yep. You betcha that Scott needs all voices of conscience available.
By the way, the Sex Bob-Omb are: Stephen Stills (the talent, guitar player and leader of the band), Kim Pine (drums) and (Young) Neil Nordegraf (biggest Sex Bob-Omb’s fan (until Knives Chau (keep reading) comes in)).
And at the beginning of the story, Scott just started to date a high schooler: Knives Chau, 17 years old, Chinese and in a Catholic school (yes, with uniform), so yeah, Scott has no shame, but technically that’s not the problem, nope, life gets really complicated when Scott meets…
Ramona Flowers, none disclosured age (in this first book) but clearly twenty-something, American, recently she moved to Canada, and she’s the only delivery girl in Toronto’s downtown area for Amazon.ca. She wears cool outfits and has magenta colored hair (later she’d changing the color to blue and later to green) and she travels in rollerblades. Gorgeous. Smart. Cool. Perfect. (It helps that beyond the basic manga appearance, I keep thinking in Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s version). Oh, and she’s the best living blanket ever in the history of mangas (and movies by the way). Oooh, yeah.
But if you think that complications are due Scott is so lame to start dating Ramona without officially breaking up with Knives, nope, that’s not it…
…Oh, don’t get me wrong, double dating (especially if one of them is an underage girl) is still a very douchebag thing to do (I like Scott, but men shouldn’t do that to women (and viceversa)), but, nope, that’s not the new complication factor introduced in Scott Pilgrim’s life…
ENTER THE LEAGUE
You dated seven evil dudes?
Not all at once!
Everybody has a past. It’s impossible that you meet new people in your life without being certain that that new people have a past.
Scott has a past (that we all get to know in the following books in the series).
And Ramona has a past too.
The problem with Ramona’s past is that it (literally) follows her and interferes with any chance for her of newer romantic relationships.
The League of Seven Evil Ex-boyfriends is a non-profit organization, homebased in America (but currently expanding to Canadian territory) with a single marketing goal: To destroy any newer boyfriend in Ramona Flowers’ life.
Oh, and if you think that that was bad enough, nope, that’s not the worst part…
…wait for it…
…keep waiting a little longer…
…the seven members of the League of Seven Evil Ex-boyfriends have super powers…
…yes, you heard (well, read actually) right…
I told you that physics’ laws left the building for good!
In this first book, you’ll meet Matthew Pattel, with mystical powers and decided to fight against Scott Pilgrim. But, even for an evil ex-boyfriend, Pattel is quite fair and he sent two letters, one per e-mail and one per snail mail (yes, people still do that! That’s not something up in this wacky world), too bad that Scott found boring to read anything, even if they’re death threat warnings!
Open your eyes up… Maybe you’ll see… Scott Pilgrim’s world!!!
DNF at page 54.
(This was exactly what I was feeling while reading Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.)
I actually tried watching the movie a while back, but it made me really, really uncomfortable. And the same happened while reading the graphic novel.
I wanted to read it because I really liked Seconds, but I guess I somehow forgot that the movie was based off of a graphic novel. And I hadn’t made the connection between the two until I started reading and feeling really (and I mean really) uneasy.
I was uncomfortable with the fact that Scott Pilgrim, a 23 year old, was dating a high schooler. I just personally can’t stand by that (even if he is incredibly immature).
I mean, just looking at him waiting for Knives to finish her day at school made me want to throw up a little.
Never has a book made me this physically uncomfortable. Wow.
I was so close to giving up after this section and I kept thinking, "I don’t hate myself this much, I can put it down."
Maybe it’s a personal thing, but I just can’t get over how uncomfortable my reading experience was.
Example number 20 of Scott's immaturity:
Really, ‘no girls allowed’??? How old are you???
I was holding on for it to get better, but then stuff like this gets thrown in, and I’m just not about that life.
There wasn't even one likeable character. ONE.
I’m truly perplexed at how different Seconds is compared to this catastrophe. Even the humor is on extremely different levels. I just don't get how the same person wrote this.
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I FREAKING LOVED THIS.
The art was used SO cleverly which my graphic design mind loved and is probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.
I've seen the movie so I had a little more to go off of when reading this, but I was surprised to find I loved it maybe more than the movie?
It's so quirky and wonderful and just so much good stuff wrapped into one thing.
What a weird comic. I couldn't stop reading. Scott is quirky and endearing. The humour is great. I heard bad things about the movie, but the book is perfectly enjoyable. Art could have been better.
I debated what to rate this graphic novel. On the one hand, the characters are thoroughly unlikable. Scott Pilgrim is a vapid, useless lump of a man who is dating a high schooler because that's the level of his maturity/emotional intelligence. Ramona Flowers is standoffish and rude because it makes her look "cool". The only redeeming character was Wallace, the gay roommate. On the other hand, once introductions got over, during the last scene of the book (the concert and Scott's fight with the first evil ex-boyfriend) I really started to like this quirky, little story. The art is definitely not a factor -- the drawings are little more than scribbles on the page and I daresay I could probably do just as well. I will probably continue reading to find out what happens. And when the movie comes out, I'll probably see it... I now believe that Michael Cera was brilliant casting for Scott Pilgrim's character, because I hate Michael Cera with a passion, too. Perhaps one of Ramona's evil ex boyfriends will triumph? One can only hope.
Edited to add: Three years later, I decided to revisit this review, as it has occasionally garnered some comments from people annoyed at my audacity to hold an opinion. I'm not going to change my rating because my opinion stands firm. I really *didn't* care greatly for the first volume of Scott Pilgrim. But I also went on to read all the subsequent volumes...and fell in love with the series, the characters (maybe not Scott... I still kind of dislike him...), and yes, even the artwork. I even enjoyed the movie (except for Michael Cera... I still hate him, too). So anyone thinking about starting this series? DO... and keep going, even if the first one doesn't dazzle you like it didn't dazzle me.