Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Volume 1

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Volume 1

by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Overview

Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, he's "between jobs," and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is SCOTT PILGRIM, VOLUME 1: SCOTT PILGRIM'S PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932664089
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Series: Scott Pilgrim Series , #1
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 86,208
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.

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Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Volume 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been much of a comic man myself, often choosing to favor literature. However, I've found myself on a serious comic kick, and the Pilgrim comics are some of the first I've picked up thus far. This first little volume, Precious Little Life, offers plenty to the reader. There's plenty of humor and charm within the characters. The banter is witty and effortless. The illustrations are well drawn and, fortunately, don't take themselves seriously. The characters are almost always likable, and by the end of these comics, guys will want to find their own Ramona Flowers. Scott is your typical young adult who goes through the vanilla trials and tribulations of a modern man, with a twist. His friends offer little in the way of support, instead choosing witty banter to somehow make Scott feel better. Even the bad guy is a decent character, even if we don't see very much of him. All in all, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life is a great start to a fantastic series. It takes less than an hour to read, but it's well worth it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Pretty good
SCHS_Reader More than 1 year ago
In the Book Scott Pilgrim, Scott is dating this girl named Knives and then he sees another girl walking down the street. Instantly Scott likes her, he tells his friend Wallace then they go to a party and she is there. He figures out that her name is Ramona Flowers and she is an Amazon deliverer. Then Wallace tells him if he really likes Romona then to dump Knives. Eventually he dumps Knives then he gets attacked by Ramona’s first evil ex. Romona then tells Scott that if he wants to continue dating her he has to defeat all her 9 evil ex-boyfriends. I would recommend this book to people if they like drama and comic books. I personally didn’t like this book too much because I don’t like drama. I liked it at the same time because Scott gets to fight people. Again if you like drama and comic books this book is for you if you don’t, I don’t think you will like it. This is why I am rating this book a 3 out of 5 stars.
Nikelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is the story of a 23 year old boy named Scott Pilgrim who begins dating a 17 year old high school girl. All his friends and his sister make fun of him and question his motives for doing it. His girlfriend is very down to earth and respectable, and slow to do anything with Scott. During the course of their relationship he meets another girl named Ramona Flowers and he begins to have interest in her. He dreams of her and begs her to go on a date with him. When she finally agrees they go on a date and are already moving faster than his current girlfriend and him are moving. After his night with Ramona he recieves a letter form one of her ex-boyfriends who declares a fight against Scott. Now Scott has to battle all of Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends.Personal Reflection:I thought that the book was a pretty good book. I don't think I would have liked it as much if it didn't have the humor it had. I thought that it was pretty mature and should only be read by children in upper grade levels and teenagers. I also found that the style of graphic novels can be a bit difficult to read sometimes.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Have the students create an alternate ending for the story and design it in graphic novel format.2. Have the students review the book and tell whether or not they can relate to any part of the story in some way.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hilarious, weird, off the wall comic, starring 23 year old ScottPilgrim. There are plenty ofquirky things in it, and the creativity is very prevalent. And itsfunny, really funny. The short, anime style drawings are perfect fora quick read.
MeganAngela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life is the first volume in a six volume series based around Scott Pilgrim and his battle through the seven evil-exes of his dream girl, Ramona Flowers. If you've seen the movie, they stayed pretty true to this volume using a lot of the dialogue in the novel as the basis for the dialogue in the film. Though, I find Scott and Ramona to be more annoying here in the graphic novel than I do their movie counterparts. Probably because we really get to delve into their backstories and see more of who they are. The standout character, in my mind, is Wallace Wells and I'm saddened to see how he wasn't utilized enough in the film as his character in the novel is an absolute riot!Still, this was an amazing graphic novel and a great way to kick off the series! I'd definitely recommend this to just about anyone whether they are graphic novel fans or not! The humor and quirkiness alone is worth the cover price! Five stars!
lizzybeans11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the movie and couldn't wait to read the graphic novels. BLM is a great artist. His dialogue is sometimes strained or awkward but it's quickly forgiven. I loved a lot of the back-story for the secondary characters that you didn't get to see much of in the film. I have to admit I was at times impatient to complete each installment and felt the plot dragged occasionally, but I know that was mostly my own feeling because I knew the film better - a sort of parallel universe version, if you will.I wish I could write a better review about the books themselves but in my mind I can't separate the cannon story from the film because I hearted it so much! I highly recommend these to anyone who feels the same.
punkeymonkey529 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i loved this comic! i will say i saw the movie first, but i had hear a little about Scott Pilgrim before hand, but mainly through the movie, and i instantly knew i had to read the comics. well and at first i thought Scott Pilgrim was a real person, and thinking ok who is this Scott Pilgrim fellow? after reading the fist volume and seeing the movie i wish he was real. this book is filled with so much humor, and fun. highly recommend to everyone!
mtrudell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scott Pilgrim, 23 years old, rating: awesome, is dating a high-schooler... untill he meets the mysterious Ramona Flowers, the girl of his dreams (literally). Unfortunately, Ramona doesn't come without baggage - including seven evil exes who Scott must defeat if he wants to date her. This is the first of six books following not only Scott's battles with the exes, but also his struggles with roommates, friends, break-ups and playing in his (kind of crappy) band Sex Bob-Omb. This graphic novel is uniquely Canadian, and while it is a bit slow to start, it is the beginning of a strange and wonderful series. It provides quirky characters, striking black and white visuals and a strange, eight-bit-videogame atmosphere mixed with a little bit of angst and a lot of gaming and anime references.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie, but wasn't sure how I'd like the graphic novel it was based on. Turns out I shouldn't've worried. This first volume was great and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of them. Fun, funny and clever -- just like the movie.
wilsonknut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How can one describe Scott Pilgrim¿s Precious Little Life? Hipster-absurdist-arcade-kung-fu-musical? Whatever you want to call it, the book exudes coolness, and it¿s not the pretentious brand of hipster coolness. It¿s a goofy, kind of stupid and fun coolness.Scott, 23-years-old, announces that he is dating a high school girl, Knives. He¿s in a band and doesn¿t have a job. He epitomizes the laid-back slacker mentality. His friends give him grief about the relationship, but before things get hot and heavy with Knives, Scott falls for Ramona, a rollerblading delivery girl. As the story progresses, the absurdity increases.Both girls show up at the band¿s show, which causes problems. The real problem, however, is that Ramona¿s ex-boyfriend also shows up. He¿s able to summon some kind of demon-girl fighters, and an arcade style kung-fu battle, partially set to a musical, breaks out. The premise for the rest of the series is established. Scott will have to fight Ramona¿s seven ex-boyfriends if he truly loves her.The story is a take on the classic medieval epic, but Bryan Lee O¿Malley fills it with tributes to manga, retro arcade games, music, sit-coms, and slacker attitude. There is humor throughout. It¿s a perfect mix of realism and absurdity. It¿s just fun.
flouncyninja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After loving the movie so much and wanting to read the books, I finally dived in. These are perfect little books to carry around with you and read while waiting for doctors' appointments or when you're getting your oil changed. With that said, most of these characters aren't the most likable people I've ever read about, but the art is fun and the incorporation of video game, movie and comic references are great for a geeky person like me to hunt for.Scott Pilgrim himself is kind of a whiny douche and even after reading all seven books, I don't get the appeal of Ramona, but Wallace Wells and Kim Pines make up for them by being sarcastic and entertaining. Even Knives Chau and Young Neil kept me happily entertained.Overall, I would recommend. It's a very quick read and generally entertaining, not to mention it fills in some holes that the movie lacked explanation for.
mjspear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poor Scott Pilgrim! He's "dating" a hormone-struck high schooler, sleeping with a gay roommate (he's not gay), is between jobs, and infatuated with a roller-derby delivery girl (Ramona Flowers) but must win her from her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Ontario-setting is transcended by universal teenage/young adult theme.Spot-on dialogue, laugh outloud scenes, and creative drawings make Scott an Everyman for young adults everywhere.
htomren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!
chengc28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scott Pilgrim¿s Precious Little Life is the first installment of Canadian graphic novelist Bryan Lee O'Malley¿s Scott Pilgrim series. The Scott Pilgrim series has won a number of awards including the Doug Wright Award for best emerging talent (2005) and the prestigious Eisner Award for best humor publication (2010).The graphic novel is centered on the title character, Scott Pilgrim, who is a 22 year old slacker living in Toronto. Scott plays bass for a band called ¿Sex Bob-omb¿ along with his friends Stephen and Kim. One day he meets and falls in love with an American delivery girl named Ramona Flowers. However, in order to date her, he must first defeat her seven evil exes.Overall, the Scott Pilgrim series is extremely funny and entertaining. The graphic novels are loaded with quirky pop culture references and have a very unique writing and animation style. I would definitively recommend it anyone who enjoys more humorous or light-hearted types of graphic novels. On a separate note, the recent Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie, is also excellent and a very faithful adaptation of the graphic novel series.
orangemonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot: Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year-old guy who plays bass in a band called The Sex Bob-Ombs. He's also between jobs at the moment, but that's cool, because his roommate has lots of cool stuff he lets him borrow, and he's dating a high school girl named Knives Chau. All in all, his life seems like something slackers everywhere would try to emulate. But then he meets a cute delivery girl, and her cadre of evil ex-boyfriends, everything gets turned upside down.I thought this was just a lovely read. The art is simple, but in a way that makes it universal and accessible, and the characters seem to have a great depth to them, even only several pages after they're first introduced. On top of that, it's funny, it's madly energetic, and at the same time, it's capable of great depth. If you've ever wanted to be in a band, or be a character from Street Fighter, (or, hell, if you've ever fallen madly in love with someone), this may just be the book for you.
selfnoise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Magical realism done for pure fun... almost like a Gondry music video. Adorable and oddly touching.
alimcc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the first installment of Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" graphic novel series, Scott meets the girl of his dreams, but her exes may put a damper on his plans for their future...Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life introduces the reader to Scott Pilgrim, a nerdy, "hipster" band member with a quick wit and troubles in the romance department. After having a dream of a beautiful girl and later spotting her, Scott is convinced she is "the one," despite the fact that he is currently dating Knives Chau, a catholic school girl. Over the course of the first book, Scott and Ramona begin a relationship, only for Scott to discover he must defeat her 7 evil exes before they can be together in peace. On top of it all, he has friends, Knives, and his band to deal with. O'Malley quickly and effectively builds a world where a guy like Scott Pilgrim could believably have ninja-like reflexes and extreme fighting skills. O'Malley's novel is heavily influenced by my generation's love of video games (there are several homages to the original Nintendo-like games, such as Scott's adversaries exploding into coins when defeated) and the nerd/hipster cultures. Plot points like Knives being a teenage catholic school girl are played for laughs, rather than the traditional I'm-a-sexy-manga-girl-in-a-super-short-skirt characterization. Although the world may be fantastic, the idea that a couple must deal with their pasts before moving forward is at the forefront of these books, and it's this heart that makes them more than just goofy fun. I would recommend these graphic novels for any high school library without hesitation. (Grades 9-12).
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun quick read about being a loser. Well, almost a loser. I guess Scott Pilgrim can play bass and fight pretty well, but other than that he only excels at being unmotivated. My favorite things about this book are the little extras thrown into the drawings: label boxes, song lyrics, guitar chords to the crappy song they're practicing. Also, I like the Toronto setting. Beyond reading the rest of these, my only goal is getting my inlaws to watch the movie becuase that should be as much fun as watching the movie itself.
shannonkearns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
first in the series. totally loved it. funny and quirky. love the fully realized gay characters.
ChelseaSaysRawr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A real great graphic novel, one worth the 5 star rating I gave it.People just judging the book by its cover might not pick it up to read, but trust me when I say that its very entertaining. By flipping to a random page the chances are that a person would come across a funny and interesting event or image that makes you want to read the whole thing just to understand what¿s going on.The book is pretty much `random¿ glued to a skeleton plot where Scott must defeat Ramona¿s seven evil boyfriends before he can date her. The story starts out pretty normal, a bunch of friends just hanging out and then all of a sudden during Scott¿s second meeting with Ramona things start to take a very unrealistic twist. Examples of these very strange occurrences are where Ramona¿s first ex-boyfriend has fire powers, a girl is able to travel through a subspace highway that happen to be in Scotts head and her roller blades have the ability to melt ice. I found myself laughing every few pages! Now some people might complain about this aspect of the novel. But that¿s what this book is all about, random, geeky and strange events. And yet the character themselves are completely believable. Well besides the random powers that pop out of the blue near the end of the book. Most of them are around the age of 20, and boy do they sure act their age. They joke around, fight and just generally live like young adults. It¿s easy for people in this age range to connect with the characters and understand how and why they act the way they do.The story is paced and written wonderfully, you do have to make sure you are looking at the images though because sometimes the characters are doing something different then what they are talking about. And example would be on Scott and Ramona¿s first date, Ramona falls off a swing as Scott is desperately trying to explain that he is not gay or where Scott slips down a sloop as Ramona is questioning him on where he grew up.The only thing that I dislike is that the book is rated 13+. It clearly isn¿t meant for 13 year olds considering that there is sex in this and later volumes, it should have gained a higher rating. Aside from that a lot of 16 and older audiences will love this graphic novel.
jasonli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review refers to the entire six-volume series:"Scott Pilgrim" follows the adventures and romances of a young twenty-four year old man in a surreal universe that is half reality, half videogame. O'Malley does an impressive job borrowing videogame imagery for comic purposes, as well as writing a not-too-serious and witty tale. The series gets better on a book-by-book basis -- volume four marks a sudden upgrade in illustrated storytelling, volume five was my favorite, though I failed to connect with the ending in volume six.My chief complaint is that very few times in the series did I feel a sense of threat to the main character; the reading experience was akin to hanging out with a bunch of funny twenty-somethings, who have occasional mishaps but are under no great peril. This factor is also the book's strength: it captures an attitude that's very familiar and real, especially to someone who is also just twenty-something.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, quick read. Definitely interested in reading the remaining volumes. I particularly love Wallace, Scott's roommate.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Review:I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World a couple nights ago, and it¿s probably one of the best movies I¿ll see in 2010. It¿s based on the indie comic of the same name, which I¿ve yet to read, but surely will now that I¿ve seen the movie. Scott Pilgrim, played brilliantly by Michael Cera, is a member of the band Sex Bob-omb. Scott is getting over a bad breakup when he meets the girl of his dreams. The problem is Scott is already spoken for. Well, that and to get the girl of his dreams he must defeat her 7 super powered exes. What ensues is part Hong-Kong action movie, part cartoon, part video game, seizure inducing, indie comedy love story. Suffice to say, this movie, like Mr. Pilgrim himself, rocks hard.Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a visually stunning movie, topped off by incandescent flashes of comedic genius and some of the best fight choreography this side of The Matrix. I suppose, if we were lame, we could just call it an action-comedy, but trying to hang such a `meh¿ label onto such a genre defying movie is like trying to put a pair of skinny, hipster jeans onto a Bob-omb. I suspect that there is a very high correlation of people for whom the words ¿up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, select, start¿ make perfect sense and those who will also love Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.While it works as a hilarious indie comedy, this movie also serves as a love letter to us somewhat nerdy children of the 80s and 90s, who spent hours hardly blinking in front of game consoles. Scott Pilgrim is filled with gaming pop culture references. And after scraping the bottom of a Donkey Kong sized barrel, that is the only criticism I have with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Its mile a minute pop culture references might make it a tad inaccessible to the generations that came of age before the rise of Japanese gaming consoles. So if your parents didn¿t own a television, forbade you from playing videogames (and you weren¿t able to sneak over to friends¿ houses to get your pop culture fix), then a substantial part of the movie might go right over your head. But for those of us who wished that power up filled bricks floated in the sky and that enemies exploded into coins when defeated, then Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a pilgrimage well worth today¿s inflated movie prices.FTC Advisory: I purchased my own tickets.
taramatchi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fun little book! I can't help but love Scott Pilgrim and his friends. It mixes up a bit of teen angst with gaming nuances to create a fantastic journey to win a girl's heart. Right after I finished I looked at my husband and told him that he has to read this book!