Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Geeky confession time: M and I read all of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. We've seen the movie... a few times. We've even dressed up as SP characters for a Halloween party.

"Okay, this might seem kind of vague, but do you know a girl with hair like this?"

Scott Pilgrim is cool - he's 23, in a band, and is "awesome", as stated in his rating box.  He plays bass in a band called Sex Bob-omb, lives with his gossipy gay roommate Wallace, and is dating Knives Chau, a 17 year-old high schooler/ fan girl who he met on the bus.

This all changes when a mysterious girl rollarblades through his mind. (This phenomenon is explained in the novel.)  He meets her and falls for her straight away. Soon after he is challenged to a duel via e-mail, which he ignores. At a gig with his band, he is forced to battle one Matthew Patel.  Scott learns that if he is to date Ramona Flowers, the literal girl of his dreams, he will have to defeat her 7 evil ex-boyfriends first.

O'Malley is extremely talented.  He writes exactly how 20-somethings talk. And he tells his story exactly how a 20-something would. He labels people, items, and passes time vaguely by writing "sometime later." His characters are super interesting and well-developed.

The movie SP vs the World starts off pretty much exactly like this book.  Sadly, all of the other volumes are condensed to fit into the movie as well, though. On the bright side, O'Malley's style of storytelling is brilliantly transferred to the big screen.  I think that all of the characters are perfectly cast, except Scott himself. Scott deserved to be a little bit more badass than Michael Cera. 

Check out this book (and the rest in the series) first before you watch the movie! 
♥ Meg xxxxxxx

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