Scott Pilgrim Series

 
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Slacker turns hero for his gal in quirky graphic novels.

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

Regular guys like Scott can be heroes, even if they are normally lazy and unmotivated -- loving someone can be very motivating.

Positive role models

Scott seems to be very apathetic and lazy at first, but he shows that he does care about people and can make things right when he tries. He's willing to go the distance -- defeating foes for his girlfriend. He shows the same compassion and caring attitude towards his friends, too. 

Violence

Although Scott is spending most of his time fighting off Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends, the violence is extremely cartoony, very exaggerated, and not graphic.

Sex

Plenty of bra and underwear shots, but no nudity. Sex is referenced frequently after Scott meets Ramona Flowers and starts a relationship with her. When Scott is dating high-schooler Knives Chau, he goes out of his way to say he is not sleeping with her. Wallace, Scott's gay roommate, and Scott sleep in the same bed at their apartment, but in a platonic fashion. Various couple-friends of Scott's show affection for each other.

Language

Words like "damn" and "bitch" are used occasionally, but not gratuitously.

Consumerism

Ramona works for Amazon.ca (Canada's Amazon.com), so there are a few references to buying things from them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Almost all the over-21 characters drink alcohol and/or smoke cigarettes. At one point, Knives, who is in high school, drinks alcohol and gets drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this graphic novel series, the basis for a 2010 movie starring Michael Cera, is a fun romp through the life of 23-year-old Scott Pilgrim. There are some sexual situations (only bra and underwear visible) and drinking and smoking, but Scott is a good guy who cares about his friends and loves his girlfriend, Ramona.  He is fighting all her evil exes to be with her, and by meeting her, his life turns into something like a video game where he is the hero.

What's the story?

Scott Pilgrim is just your average 23-year-old living in Canada. He hangs out with his high-school girlfriend, Knives, and plays in the band Sex Bob-Omb with his friends. Everything's perfect for Scott ... until the day he sees Ramona Flowers delivering packages for Amazon.ca. Scott dumps Knives to be with Ramona, but then learns about Ramona's exes -- evil exes, that is. Ramona's seven evil exes must be defeated by Scott so he can stay with Ramona. Soon, Scott is fighting twins, vegan power, and ninjas; eventually, even Knives Chau and her dad put themselves into the ring with Scott. Will Scott defeat all the exes or will he lose Ramona forever? Who is the Gideon that Ramona keeps referring to? And will Scott's band ever get to play a real show?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The SCOTT PILGRIM SERIES is very funny, insightful, and whimsical. The story will draw readers in and as the series progresses, Scott gets easier to root for and Ramona gets more mysterious.

The illustrations, done in black and white to show off the action to greatest effect, are more derivative of Manga than traditional comic book-style drawings. They show characters' expressions beautifully even with very minimal lines. And when Scott starts fighting the evil exes, the drawings portray the magnitude of the situations, which often play out like action sequences in video games -- so of course this series also gets the video game treatment.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships and how they change people. Have you ever liked anyone so much that you'd be willing to change who you were for them? Is it always change for the better?

  • Ramona uses subspace portals to travel long distances in order to deliver goods for her job at Amazon.ca. Where would you travel if you could use subspace portals? How would you use them on a daily basis?

  • For fans of Michael Cera as well as this book series, do you think he's the right guy to play Scott? Who would you imagine? What about Ramona?

Book details

Author:Bryan Lee O'Malley
Illustrator:Bryan Lee O'Malley
Genre:Humor
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Oni Press
Publication date:August 18, 2004
Number of pages:168

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Kid, 12 years old August 13, 2014
 

Great

It's almost like a coming of age story for scott who represses his memories to seem innocent despite him being The cause of his own life problems Negascott is an example to kids on how they should own up to their mistakes instead of fighting them or leaving them behind Ramona is just as flawed of a character due to her cheating however they look beyond each others flaws and get together Side note volume 6 is somber and symbolic with mild gore such as scott being impaled and bisected and there are more instances of swearing all in all it is a good story there is drinking and smoking and occasional sexual intercourse. (Too much violence is for vol.6 specifically )
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old January 12, 2011
 
SCOTT IS BAD CAUSE BEATS UP PEOPLE WALLACE DESERVES TO BE AN EVIL EX INSTEAD OF A ROOM MATE OF SCOTT
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old October 24, 2011
 

amazing

These are some of the best graphic novels ever.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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