March 15th, 2009
|11:42 pm - Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little LiveJournal|
The Scott Pilgrim books by Bryan Lee O'Malley are the most LOLtastic graphic novels I have ever come across. I chuckled, I guffawed, I laughed till I fell over.
The series is about Scott Pilgrim, who is dating a high schooler! That is, until Ramona Flowers, American ninja Amazon.ca delivery girl, comes into his life. In order to date her, however, he must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends in mortal combat. Yes, you read that right.
The thing about the series is that it treats life like a video game. The rules of the world are never quite defined, which basically means that anything goes and very little is considered "out of the ordinary." Any person who's played a lot of video games will find the references hysterical, and anyone who's never played a video game may be a little mystified but should still be able to grasp the humor. I hesitate to explain in more detail because part of the hilarity for me was never knowing what the hell O'Malley was going to do next. He integrates a lot of gaming terms and concepts into the story, not just for the jokes but also to carry more emotional scenes.
There's also a lot of metahumor, which makes it one of the most entertaining graphic novel reading experiences there is. The chyrons always cracked me up, as so many of them were things like "ANYWAY" and "Something like 48 hours later." The captions are also hilarious; I somehow never got tired of "Knives Chau (17 Years Old)." Sometimes there are little arrows identifying things. There is the occasional breaking of the fourth wall. I can't even describe it, you guys. It's like Bryan Lee O'Malley figured out all the funny things you could do in the graphic novel medium, and then he invented new ones for good measure.
I'm not making any sense here. Okay, so Scott Pilgrim is a critically acclaimed, award-winning series of six graphic novels, five of which have been released (the fifth just last month). Each book is divided into chapters, and the numbering of the chapters does not reset from book to book, which reinforces that the books comprise one long story that's split into six books (and the series gets better with each book). Each book is manga-sized, and the series is clearly manga-influenced, from the mystical elements to to the art style, which, unfortunately, sometimes makes it hard to distinguish characters at a glance.
Scott Pilgrim, our hero, is generally likable but is often a doofus and/or an oblivious jerk. Kim Pine is the dry, sarcastic one. Stephen Stills is Stephen Stills. Together, THEY ARE SEX BOB-OMB! A crappy punk band. Wallace Wells is Scott's totally gay roommate, and Young Neil is Stephen Stills' roommate/Sex Bob-omb's #1 fan. At least until Knives Chau (17 Years Old) shows up and begins obsessing over Scott. I thought she would be annoying, but she's actually pretty adorable. And her name is Knives. Finally, there is the mysterious Ramona Flowers, who becomes more and more interesting and sympathetic over the course of the series as she and her relationship with Scott get fleshed out.
I've already mentioned the video game references, but what's really great about the dialogue is that THEY TALK LIKE ME. In one book, Kim says, "Scott, if your life had a face, I would punch it. I would punch your life in the face." I TALK ABOUT PUNCHING THINGS IN THE FACE ALL THE TIME.
Sorry, I'm still laughing at that line.
Okay, now back to the post. Because, yeah, sometimes I can't stop laughing at stuff in these books. Reading the dialogue is like listening to my friends. All of you would like it! We share a sense of humor, you know?!
Although the books are funny as hell, O'Malley still hits the right emotional notes as he examines dating in your early to mid-twenties. And life in general. It's complicated stuff! You're trying to be all independent and grown-up, but you still want to have fun. There are some very evocative panels.
I'm still not making any sense here. Scott Pilgrim is awesome, you guys! It's superfun and hilarious and I love it. It makes me happy.
If my endorsement is not enough for you, know this! A movie version is being filmed right now, helmed by Edgar Wright (director of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz) and starring Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, which is about as perfect casting as we're likely to get. Scott is more hyper than Michael Cera usually plays, but otherwise he's pretty Cera-esque. As a bonus, Mae Whitman co-stars. The book takes so much advantage of the medium that it seems like a film adaptation would lose a lot of what makes the series special, but given what Edgar Wright did with Spaced, I'm confident he'll find a way to use film techniques to create a similar experience.
Scott Pilgrim is something special. Be cool and read it!
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Music: Great Northern - A Sun a Sound
I TALK ABOUT PUNCHING THINGS IN THE FACE TOO!
clearly, you and I and Kim Pine are soul mates.
As a bonus, Mae Whitman co-stars.
I have been meaning to read this, I just don't have enough money to buy comic books. Glad it carries your seal of approval!
I'm so glad you liked it because I think if you hadn't my heart would have exploded.
also bryan lee o'malley has a livejournal (user name radiomaru, I am too lazy to make this a link (and or spell it correctly)) and I think you would like his polls about the books.
I'm so glad you liked it because I think if you hadn't my heart would have exploded.
Aw. I am glad for your heart.radiomaru
seems to not work anymore as an RSS feed. Boo!
AHAHAHAHAHA Sex Bob-omb. XD "Knives Chau (17 Years Old)" is also quite great! Gosh, something else to put on my "read this" list. It gets longer and longer and i don't read enough to actually... make the list shorter. D:
AN EDGAR WRIGHT MOVIE WITH MICHAEL CERA AND MAE WHITMAN?!?!??!?!?!? Yes please!
AHAHAHAHAHA Sex Bob-omb. XD
Right?? So simple, yet so great.
"Knives Chau (17 Years Old)" is also quite great!
Even after her age has been well established, he keeps identifying her that way, and it's hilarious.
Anyway, totally read this! You would love it! Because I think you like things that are funny!
Awesome. Let me know what you think!
|Date:||March 16th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)|| |
So far I am amused by your links and will be putting this on my reading list. =)
Aha, my devious plan of linking to actual pages from the comic was successful!
|Date:||March 16th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)|| |
You have to break up with your fake high school girlfriend, Scott.
I would have to give this review a rating of AWESOME.
Although for maximum fangirl appeal I feel like you also should have mentioned that Scott and Wallace totally share a bed. Not that I ship them or anything. Um... that is totally not ironic meta-denial to indicate that I do ship them. Because I don't... Man, there is nothing I can say now that won't sound like I ship them. ^_^ Maybe it's best that you didn't mention it.
Re: You have to break up with your fake high school girlfriend, Scott.
Ha! Wallace ships them too, guy.
MICHAEL CERA, WHYYY. :| (My feelings on the fellow are summed up here
(More seriously though, this does sound like a fun comic! PS: Apparently Brian K Vaughan's new Iraq/Lion King-y venture is good (according to comic book store dude) - have you heard anything about it?)
New? Pride of Baghdad or something else? Pride of Baghdad is pretty good.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST MICHAEL CERA?!?!
|Date:||March 16th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)|| |
You didn't mention that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Ramona! I like her a lot, even though all of the movies I've seen her in were crap (oh, except for Sky High! That was awesome). She was on Jay Leno once, though -- he went to her house on some kind of Jaywalking-esque segment (randomly; he had no idea she was an actress, and never asked her full name) and made her and her boyfriend act out a really stupid horror movie scene. She was such a good sport that it made me like her.
Wright has been posting pics of each cast member on his MySpace blog
. Cinematical has been collecting them in a gallery here
You didn't mention that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Ramona!
She has no connection to Arrested Development and so does not further my point! But Sky High was pretty fun, and she was also in Final Destination 3, which was, er, not as good. And in Grindhouse! Right? Anyway, I do not have much of an opinion about her, so I hope she gives good Ramona.
Ooh, thanks for the gallery link!
|Date:||March 16th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)|| |
This sounds interesting... My mental "to be read" list has grown considerable since I've started reading your pimpings posts. You make everything sound so appealing! Plus there's a good variety.
Heh. I'm glad to be adding to people's lists. I live to share the love!
Okay I will! You talked me to into it!
(Actually, I literally logged in just now with the intention of going backwards through your posts looking for recommendations of things to read because I very often read your recommendations and think "I should make a mental note to read that later" and then don't and fail and flail, but this is why I love electronic documentation: one can search backwards without the need for total recall. And you all stopped me in my tracks with your newly recommended thing to read.)
All right! No failing, no flailing!
Thanks for the rec! This post makes me want to go get it right NOW.
GO GET IT RIGHT NOW AND READ IT AND REPORT BACK IMMEDIATELY.
OK, you've totally sold me on this. When I get a job again, I am so going to buy these. *g*