After a long hiatus, I’ve finally finished the Scott Pilgrim series. I managed to stretch out a series that takes a day to read into a six-month odyssey.
For those of you not in the know, Scott Pilgrim is our (sort of) hero who falls in love and has to fight his girlfriend’s evil exes. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour is the 6th and final book in the series.
At this point, you may be asking, “Wasn’t there a movie on this series?” Yes. Yes, there was. It was fantastic. Unfortunately, people would rather watch another Transformers movie than appreciate something that is wonderfully odd. And it tanked. But it was glorious.
And then I read the books. And it’s even more glorious.
Typically, when something becomes a movie and you compare it to the source materials, you go, “Those were nothing alike.” With this series, you can see the faith to the original material. Almost obscenely so. This is probably why the masses stayed home to watch Two and Half Men and SVU reruns instead of straying from the norm.
At this point, I should probably actually review the book.
On its own, the book was fine. In the series, it doesn’t hold up as well. Despite being largest book in the series, it still felt somehow like the least that happened.
It kind of fell into the trap of a TV series finale. It spends so much time wrapping up loose ends, that it doesn’t feel like it actually told a story. And maybe that’s not what it needed to do. It is a series after all, so maybe it just needed to serve as a means of wrapping up loose ends. And it does accomplish that, but it doesn’t do a whole lot else. You still get the weird jokes, the sound effects (chew, chew, chew), but you don’t get a new story.
I think that’s where some series fail. They don’t let their last book be an actual book. It serves as more of a montage to tie everything in a bow.
One of the things I liked about the last Harry Potter book is that it went rogue. The series had a set premise. We start in the summer, Harry goes to school and shit happens, and then it sorts itself out in the last week or two of classes.
But we get to the 7th book, and it’s, “Nope. New format.”
And sometimes that’s what you have to do for the last book. You have to go off the rails. If you try the same shot you hit out of the park on the first swing, trying it again is at best a repeat. At worst, it’s an unoriginal failure.
Now, that’s not what this is. This is just my line of thinking. It’s a good book in a great series, so it’s not fair to compare. Like Scottie Pippen having to be around Michael Jordan all the time.
There were some cool things. I’ve seen the movie, so I had an idea of the basic plot points (the movie largely takes from the first and last books, with the evil exes sprinkled in the middle). But the book had some good turns. Makes me wish the movie had stuck with one of them. It would have dropped some jaws, but oh well.
Either way, awesome series. You should check it out if you’re into weird stuff.