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01 September 2010 @ 10:00 pm
I think I figured out part of what I hate about the Scott Pilgrim books  
It pulls the same tricks as Twilight.

The man character is a shallow, phenomenally stupid, horribly self-centered, actively worthless sack of shit with no redeeming features whatsoever. This character routinely betrays any offers of friendships, thoughtlessly and effortlessly moves into simultaneous-betrayal "love" triangles, plays everybody who cares about her or him against each other, and fails to demonstrate any foresight or any desire to improve their horrible flaws.

I guess readers are supposed to identify with (and slightly look down on) this main character. When cooler-than-the-main-character secondaries fall in love with this useless sack, these secondaries seem MAGICALLY AWESOME!

Please, kill Scott and Bella, A.S.A.P.
GryMorgrymor on September 2nd, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Huh, I can see that, except, on some levels, Scott and Ramona are equally awesome and equally pathetic, it's just the books are partially written with Scott's perceptual filters in place. A big chunk of the last book is Scott reintegrating himself and recognizing himself in Gideon. It's not redemption but it's something like that, a bettering of himself. Before that point, Scott is pretty much as bad, though in different ways, as the rest of the 'Evil Exs', and really, so is Ramona (she's just trying to get away from that self before she even meets/is directed to/ Scott).

You could possibly sum up the whole thing as "People are/can be idiot, thoughtless, bastards but it's possible to choose to become better than what you have been."