- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (21 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007340478
- ISBN-13: 978-0007340477
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life: Volume 1 Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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'Earlier this week, an English journalist claimed Jonathan Franzen's soon-to-be published “Freedom” as the novel of the century. A ludicrous accolade, not least because it should more rightly go to Korean-Canadian writer Bryan Lee O'Malley's “Scott Pilgrim” comic-book series.' Telegraph
‘”Scott Pilgrim” is the best book ever. It is the chronicle of our time. With Kung Fu, so, yeah: perfect.’ Joss Whedon, creator of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
‘One of the best things to happen to printed comics this millennium.’ Ain't It Cool News
‘A hilarious, idiosyncratic gem.’ Washington Post
‘A great oddball tale that captures the energy of a generation.’ Publishers Weekly
‘An inventive, genre-tweaking tale of young love, platonic bed-sharing and epic battles unlike anything else you will likely pick up. So, go on, pick it up.’ E! Online
‘Scott Pilgrim is the best 23-year-old ever. Like Proust's Swann, he has a story that takes multiple volumes to unfold, except Pilgrim is even more awesome because he's in a comic book … the series is wildly enjoyable for its absurdist humor, its indelible characters and its growing, inevitable sense of melancholy as Pilgrim becomes that most terrifying of things: 24 years old.’ Glen David Gold, author of ‘Carter Beats the Devil’ and ‘Sunnyside’
About the Author
Bryan Lee O’Malley is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist. He has been working on a series of graphic novels called ‘Scott Pilgrim’. He writes the words and draws the pictures. He occasionally makes music under the name Kupek.
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I got this book expecting that surreal, video-game parody story, but in this first book, there's not too much of that. What this book does, as an introduction to the world of Scott Pilgrim, is acquaint you with the characters and the style. Don't worry, there's still a fight, but not till the end of the book, and it's certainly not the focus. The focus is getting to know Scott and his friends, and this is done very well in my opinion, thanks to the great (and funny) dialogue throughout, as well as some simple but highly stylised illustration.
I haven't read past this first volume, and I'm currently waiting to see what number two Scott Pilgrim vs the World: Volumes 2 is like, but this is a strong start to the series, and leaves me wanting to see where the story is going, which is really what you hope for from a first volume.
In summary, it's well written, nicely drawn, and has some good character development. Just don't get too cuaght up in the premise, because it's a bit more complicated than that.
Not a problem with the story itself but the printing is slightly askew, occasionally the first or last letter on a line will be cut off the edge of the page, it never gets to the point that you can't make out what is being said in the text but it can take you out of the story slightly.
I will definitely be purchasing the rest of this series though
Published by Oni press, this comes as their biggest success with it now having been made into a film and game. Written and illustrated by Bryan Lee o'Mally the book has personal feel and that is something which you only get from smaller publishers like Oni.
Scott Pilgrim begins with the introduction of the 23 year old, rock band member who is currently "between jobs", as well as dating a high school girl called Knives Chau.
Living with Scott is gay roomate Wallace who both owns and does everything in the flat, Scott's life is going pretty well until he starts having dreams about a girl on roller-skates called Ramona Flowers. After learning she works for Amazon and gets her to deliver a package to him they begin to hit it off, but one thing stands in their way, well actually seven, Ramona's exes.
The storyline is slow to start with and the comic comes across as a slice of life piece. We see Scott going through his day, meeting Knives and playing in his band, Sex bob-omb. This pace is kept for about 3/4 of the story and then the final section sees the story turned on it's head and a lot of action starts up, showing whats to come in the next issues as well as starting Scott up on his task.
The characters have a good personality and all feel quite individual. Whilst Scott is a bit of a layabout, he means well and cares about his freinds, we don't see to much growth in his character during the book but we do see a very different side to him near the end which shows maybe he isn't the failure we thought he was.Read more ›
And you get to see all of that in "Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life," which adds a rock'n'roll sci-fi twist to the usual boy-meets-girl story. Most of it ambles across the daily adventures of Scott's life as he falls in love, but blossoms at the end into a brilliant Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
23-year-old Scott Pilgrim has everything: a cool rock band, a forgiving gay roommate, and a high school girlfriend (they just talk! Don't worry!). But lately his dreams have been full of a strange young woman on rollerblades, who usually announces that he IS dreaming -- and one day at the library, he actually sees her in the flesh.
Her name is Ramona Flowers, and while Scott's first attempts to talk to her bomb horribly, an order from amazon.ca brings her right to her door (and a date). But as Scott's odd personality charms Ramona, he starts getting messages from a guy who wants to schedule a fight with him. Can the forces of love, friendship and rock'n'roll thwart Matthew Patel and his demon hipster chicks?
When you boil it down, the Scott Pilgrim series is really just a boy-meets-girl story. But "Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life" establishes pretty quickly that Bryan Lee O'Malley has a rare talent for spicing up an ordinary story into a precious little one. Subspace highways, snowstorms, love triangles and rock concerts all come into play.
And O'Malley fills the story with mildly funny dialogue ("You're all over the place." "But I'm so sincere!") and plenty of quirky characters (I wish I had a roommate like Wallace).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was recommended this comic from a friend and man I don't regret picking it up.
It's great, the plot, the characters, the humor, I love it all!
It was such a good book, the film script followed it well (so far anyway). The book to kindle version was good, However, due to the fact that it is on my kindle some of the speech... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chloe Christie
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