Hey all, Dani here.
Okay, so today I’m doing something a little different by doing an overall review for a series instead of doing six individual review posts. Besides, I read all of these books in such a short time period that this just makes sense to me.
Scott Pilgrim is in love, but there are complications. Having to battle his new girlfriend’s evil exes was nothing he planned on, but love makes you do funny things. Follow his story in the complete Scott Pilgrim saga in this Scott Pilgrim set. This set contains all six graphic novels in one handy shrink-wrapped pack.
Ratings: Vol 1 – 5 stars, Vol 2 – 5 stars, Vol 3 – 5 stars, Vol 4 – 5 stars, Vol 5 – 5 stars, and Vol 6 – 5 stars
Now, I will go ahead and get this admission out of the way…I saw the movie before I read these books. Typically this is not something I do, but my boyfriend really really wanted me to see it and as I love nerdy things and I enjoy seeing how excited he gets when it comes to these sorts of things, so I let up on my usual method. Of course after seeing the movie I knew I absolutely had to read the books.
And for once I may actually say that I preferred that I saw the movie first. I know that seems weird, but reading all of these after seeing the film just made all the scenes that didn’t make the movie feel like awesome bonus features at the end. I loved seeing what all expansions to the story and the characters were going to come in each respective volume.
I’ll also say that now I really want to watch the movie again, so I can do a compare/contrast of the books to the film. Obviously there was quite a bit that had to be cut out, and this becomes especially noticeable in the middle and later volumes.
But I had the greatest time binge-reading these the past day and a half. It was a fantastic romantic comedy adventure graphic novel with so many nerdy points to it. Oh, I especially loved how self-aware the characters were some of the time. Someone would ask Scott about his relationship with Ramona and he would tell them to read the first volume. Or someone would reference an earlier event by basically saying go check out volume three. It was just an amusing element to add to the story.
Okay, yes, a large number of the cast of characters seem to cheat on their romantic partners, and that’s something I’m not really a fan of, but several of them also ended up admitting that they messed up, or feeling sorry for what they’ve done and trying to change in the future.
There’s also a larger role for the parents in the graphic novels, including a rather amusing little storyline involving the family of Knives Chau, which I rather enjoyed. It was also nice to see some of the other characters get more of their own plot lines and more development.
Needless to say, this was the perfect way to start my week participating in the Make Me Read It Readathon. I’m glad I was able to jump into these first and now I can read a couple novels before reading a few more graphic novels. It should be a great week of reading.