Cult Classic: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
You may have heard the name âScott Pilgrimâ here and there amongst your friends or across the internet. A few years ago, Scott Pilgrim took the world by storm. But, just who is Scott Pilgrim?
Scott Pilgrim is a book series by Canadian writer Brian Lee OâMalley. Itâs a black-and-white comic series containing six volumes, starting with Scott Pilgrimâs Precious Little Life in 2004 and ending with Scott Pilgrimâs Finest Hour in 2010. The popularity of the book series has also spawned a movie and video game, both named Scott Pilgrim vs. The World after the second book in the series. But still, who exactly is Scott Pilgrim?
Scott Pilgrim is an unemployed, 23-year-old nothing who lives in downtown Toronto, Canada with his âcool gay roommateâ Wallace and plays bass in his garage band Sex Bob-omb with college friend Stephen Stills and ex-girlfriend Kim Pine. Heâs a slacker, plays a lot of old video games, and sees everything in his life like one big comic book.
Much to his friendsâ confusion, he is currently dating 17-year-old Knives Chau, claiming that itâs âsimpleâ that way. Scottâs life takes an odd twist when he meets 24-year-old Ramona Flowers, a delivery girl for Amazon Canada who just moved from New York because of âpersonal problems.â
Scott quickly begins to pursue Ramona by ordering a CD he doesnât even want in order to ask her on a date. The two hit it off instantly, and Scott is love-struck. After the first date, Ramona reveals to Scott that he must first defeat her â7 evil exesâ in order to be her boyfriend. Luckily, Scott happens to be the best fighter in all of Toronto.
Now Scott is stuck in a whirlwind of chaos as he struggles to keep his relationship with Ramona, battle the evil exes, and win Torontoâs Battle of the Bands. In addition to all that, he has to deal with his past relationships with Knives, Kim, and Envy Adams, Scottâs ex who is now the lead singer of a wildly popular rock band. Throughout his journey Scott learns many key lessons about how to deal with people and their pasts.
Now that you know who Scott is, why exactly is he so famous?
Itâs because the book series is an easy, awesome read for anyone, geeks and gamers especially. Theyâre stuffed with pop-culture and video game references that will appeal to all sorts of ages. The humor is dry and witty, perfect for the bookâs real-life setting. The art style is very simple and clean, unlike much of todayâs black-and-white manga.
The story is driving and interesting, and holds a lot of moral value. Each main character has tons of character development, and many characters have their own ongoing side-arcs as Scottâs story unfolds. Itâs really like putting together pieces of a puzzle. OâMalley introduces all these quirky characters with their own mysterious intentions and motivations, and slowly begins to expose them to the readers, making up for a conclusion thatâs satisfying, but still makes you want more.
Scott Pilgrim is one of the best book series I have ever read, and the movie was an instant classic for me. I have also played through and beat the video game, twice. If you go out and read these, youâll fall in love with everything about it.Â The movie captures all of the best parts of the books, only leaving out some side-story arcs. The video game features the story of the game very little, but offers a fun 16-bit beat-em-up complete with music by chiptune band Anamanaguchi. No matter what your interests, thereâs something in Scott Pilgrim for everyone, and I recommend you go read them right now.
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