Should I keep reading Scott Pilgrim.
By Miles Baker
So, I just read the second volume of the Scott Pilgrim series and I’m looking for someone to tell me to keep going. Everyone I know loves this series, most of my writing heros love this series, the buying public loves this series — so, I was bound to like it, right?
To be fair to the comic, I read the second volume before reading the first one. It was there, I was bored, I figured why not just start there. If I liked it I could always go back.
But I didn’t like it.
I’m going to tell you what I didn’t like about it, and what I liked about it, I’d like you to tell me if these problems are going to get fixed if I read on or if I start at the beginning.
What I didn’t like
- Scott Pilgrim is a real dick. In this book he’s a very unlikable protagonist. I’m not rooting for him. I’m not rooting against him. I just want him to shut up. What the fuck is his problem? For some reason, people seem to like him even though he’s constantly rude and self-centered towards them. He should be thankful he’s not beaten everywhere he goes. He’s constantly complaining about everything that comes in his path even though he would have no problems if he showed the tinniest about of human courtesy. Basically, he’s a prick and I don’t like him and I don’t want to read about him. This is the main reason I don’t want to continue reading
- All other characters are also jerks. There isn’t one character in this volume that did anything to make me root for them. Knives is pathetic. His band mates are boring. Scott’s girlfriend Ramona is judgmental and I’m not sure what he really sees in her. There is one great character moment with the gay roommate Wallace when Scott’s other ex Envy calls. But other than that, shallow assholes. The whole lot.
- The videogame parts. It just didn’t land for me. They weren’t really explored or explained enough in this volume for me to understand why they were there or what they are doing for the story. They mostly seemed like throwaway gags that didn’t help the story at all. I also didn’t read a lot of meaning of them, but maybe I should dig harder.
What I liked
- The fight in the Toronto Reference Library. That was very funny because I’ve spent many hours there and have thought that it would make a good place for an action scene.
- The little captions. The little captions that gave me names and vital stats about the characters were fun. The best was the caption that said “I don’t know this person.” That’s funny.
- The videogame parts. It’s such a good idea. I just wanted to like it more.
So there we have it. Based on what I just said, will Scott and I have a future together?