Scott Pilgrim is 23, bassist, boyfriend to a High Schooler and totally awesome. Between jobs, playing in a rock band, Scott Pilgrim’s life is pretty wholesome. When a mysterious girl roller-blades into his dreams, Scott is left bewildered, unaware of the identity of this unexplainable occurrence. Ramona Flowers is the girl who turns Scott’s awesome life upside down.
I LOVE Scott Pilgrim. I’ve seen the film adaptation of O’Malley’s series of graphic novels so many times now and loved it every time. It’s a wonder why it’s taken me so long to finally read the original story source. But I flew through this in one sitting, due to how unputdownable it was. The story was gripping and quick paced right from the start as it flew right into the core elements of the narrative and the characters. So far, I can begin to appreciate how faithful the film is to this source. There are hints towards some backstory to occur in the later volumes, that hasn’t been revealed in the film so that will be something to look forward to.
It’s quirky and fun, the speech in particular is quite random and humorous. The actions of Ramona are unrealistic, but unique and different, all resulting in making the reader question what is real and what is just a figment of Scott’s imagination. These elements are still easy enough to follow – although I am assisted by my knowledge from the film, which does benefit my overall reading experience.
Easy going, adorably socially awkward and geeky, Scott’s character will always be a firm favourite of mine. I thoroughly enjoyed how the art style coincided so well with the personality of Scott and with how cluttered and crazy his thought process can be. Overall, a very well rounded read and oh so very amusing and entertaining.
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Vol. 1) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Published: 2004 by Fourth Estate