Sunday, 16 October 2011

Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Title: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Scott Pilgrim #1)
Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: July 28th, 2004
Genre: YA, Graphic Novel

Twenty-three year old Scott Pilgrim’s life is pretty awesome. He lives in Toronto with his roommate, Wallace Wells, and he’s currently in-between jobs. Scott spends his time playing bass in his band, shopping at goodwill, playing video games and listening to music. Scott is also dating Knives Chau, who is only seventeen. Things become complicated when he meets Ramona Flowers, who is literally the girl of his dreams. Cool and mysterious, Ramona is the opposite of Knives, and Scott can’t stay away. Unfortunately, if Scott wants to date Ramona he will have to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Will Scott, the ultimate slacker, be able to fight to be with the girl he loves?

Amazing! I loved the movie and I loved the book. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I saw the movie last year. However, since I knew I’d read it very quickly, I didn’t want to spend the $10 to buy it. After waiting on a very long list at my library, I was finally able to read it a few days ago. The movie followed the first book very closely, and I wasn’t disappointed. I basically love everything about Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life. First off, Scott lives in Toronto, and many references are made to places in the city. This might make me sound very lame, but I love it when books or movie reference places I’ve been to. The characters were amazing; they were all quirky, original and very funny. Scott’s kind of a strange hero; he’s a major slacker and can be a jerk at times, but he can also be charming and adorable. Overall, he’s a good guy who has a lot of growing up to do. I found Ramona to be a lot more likable in the book than in the movie. I found Movie-Ramona to be annoyingly aloof, while Book-Ramona feels more like a real person to me. The plot definitely was original and quick paced. I really liked the drawings, especially the funny captions (such as the diagram of Scott and Wallace’s apartment and who owns what.) Overall, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life was a quick read that was fun, original and hilarious. I don’t usually read graphic novels, and this makes me want to read more of them. If you are a little bit nerdy, I’d definitely recommend this. I’d also recommend this to reluctant readers. Easily one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time.


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