EL本棚紹介(66) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Volumes 1-3, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Scott Pilgrim is a typical young Canadian. Recently graduated from college, he has no goals or ambitions. Instead, he spends his days sleeping late, practicing with his rock band, and dating. Unlike typical young Canadians, however, his life is also somehow like a video game. When he falls in love with a new girl in town, Ramona, he is challenged to fight her seven evil ex-boyfriends. When he defeats them, they leave coins and special items behind, like extra lives, and sometimes he even levels up.

This comic book is extremely popular. It has been made into a video game, card game, and a very successful movie (https://www.imdb.com/video/vi4036739097/?playlistId=tt0446029&ref_=tt_pr_ov_vi). It contains a lot of slang and popular culture, and shows how a lot of young people in Canada like to socialize. You might say, this book is more about capturing a feeling of being young than about telling a detailed story.

My two cents: These comics were written for a very young audience, so I think you can appreciate them a lot more than I did.