Thursday, June 7, 2012

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


So usually I'm not the type of person to read graphic novels. I love getting engrossed in a novel where you have to imagine all of the images in your own head, instead of having them all on the page. However, I do read graphic novels once in a while, and now is one of those times! I just finished the Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley, which I mostly read because a guy on my quidditch team is absolutely obsessed with these books. They were all at the library one day when I was there, so I figured that I would give them a whirl.

Scott Pilgrim follows the story of a 23-year-old guy named Scott Pilgrim (I know, shocking!) who is in a band, and just started dating a girl in high school. But then he meets Ramona, who might possibly be the love of his life. Thus begins Scott's journey to date Ramona. Little did he know that it would be a difficult feat, given that he has to defeat Ramona's seven evil exes before they can actually continue their relationship. Through all this difficulty, will Scott and Ramona's relationship survive? You'll have to read the books to find out!

Admittedly, I had watched this movie before I read these books (which I usually try to avoid. I like to read the book first), so I already had a general idea of what was going to happen before I started to read the books. I was happy at the beginning, when comparing the book to the movie, because they actually seemed pretty close. However, getting further into the series, I noticed that the ending was actually changed quite a bit from the book to the movie. I think I liked the book's ending better. I think it gave a better explanation of why everything happened, much better than the movie. So once again, the book rules over the movie, which doesn't surprise me. That's what usually happens.

So is this a worthwhile series to read? I'd have to say yes, it was pretty well written and the images were pretty good. And it was definitely creative. But would I classify it as one of my favorite series of all time...probably not. It was a good summer read though, and a quick one. I'm glad I read it.

Next I will be reading Shine by Lauren Myracle, who I actually got to see speak when I went to the ALAN conference back in November, so I'm pretty excited for this one! Until then, happy reading! :)

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