Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

I am not a graphic novel reader. Sure, I’ve tried them out on occasion, but by and large, I’m not a fan of pictures and thought bubbles in lieu of text that I can sink my teeth into. Had I not seen the film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim before spotting this title on NetGalley, I likely wouldn’t have requested it. However, I’d enjoyed the movie’s quirky coolness and so decided that Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life would be a good candidate to test the waters of the storytelling capabilities of the graphic novel.

It’s been a while since I watched the film version, but from what I remember, it appears that the filmmakers adapted the story quite faithfully. It almost seemed as if I were reading the screenplay, as I could recall having heard most of the dialogue before. That’s not a bad thing, considering the fact that O’Malley’s witty way with

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life: Volume 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

words is the best thing about this book. I’m no expert on comic book artistry (in fact, I’m not really a fan of cartoonish artwork), but the format seemed to fit Scott’s story rather well. Still, I can’t say that the novelty of viewing another artist’s interpretation of the author’s depictions is intriguing enough to lure me away from the standard novel. That being said, I doubt that Scott Pilgrim’s story is really meaty enough to sustain an entire novel’s worth of narrative, unless perhaps O’Malley grouped all the volumes together into a single book. Suffice it to say, Scott Pilgrim’s story is rather as precious as the title implies. The events are improbable, insufficiently explained to this avid reader of explicit fantasy worldbuilding, and the characters are for the most part unlikeable layabouts. However, if you are able to look past all that (or, in fact, are partial to the humorous layabout type), the dialogue is quite funny and the premise unique.

I can’t say that I’m eager to procure the remaining installments in Scott’s tale. Perhaps if Verona were just a little bit sympathetic or even interesting in her unwarranted confidence, I would have more incentive to witness Scott achieve his happily-ever-after. As it is, I’ll probably just rely on what memory I have of the movie and assume that the screenwriters didn’t change that much of the story. Scott Pilgrim is probably a really good graphic novel; unfortunately for Scott and O’Malley, I’m just not among its target audience.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

The Past Week

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life: Volume 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Blink Once by Cylin Busby

Reading Now

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton

The Week Ahead

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

This Is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Showcase Sunday

Showcase Sunday is a meme created by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found by Sophie Blackall
  • Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  • The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway
  • Austenland by Shannon Hale
  • The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Illyria by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Demon’s Covenant (signed) by Sarah Rees Brennan

For Review

  • Good Bones by Kim Fielding (from NetGalley)
  • The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers (from NetGalley)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (from NetGalley)
  • The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé (from NetGalley)
  • The Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed (from NetGalley)
  • Asher’s Invention by Coleen Kwan (from NetGalley)
  • His Heart’s Obsession by Alex Beecroft (from NetGalley)
  • Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley (from NetGalley)
  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (from NetGalley)
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (from NetGalley)

Won

  • For Darkness Shows the Stars ARC by Diana Peterfreund plus tons of bookmarks (I think some giveaways might be in order) (Thanks to Diana!)