Scott Pilgrim Series
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Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Slacker turns hero for his gal in quirky graphic novels.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "damn" and "bitch" are used occasionally, but not gratuitously.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- 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
- Last updated: June 16, 2015
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