Scott Pilgrim vs. Itself
A term paper focussing on Henry Jenkins' Cultural Logic of Media Convergence and the convergence at work in
Bryan Lee O'Malley and Edgar Wright's
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
It will become clear when you take
a look inside, I promise.
- ENGL 4115, Carleton University
Well, folks, we’ve come a long way. Quite literally, as this assignment is roughly 2,000 words over the required minimum. But we’ve learned a lot from each other - how to live, how to love, how to, if not prevent, be aware of the increasing influence of media on our lives. Right?
“ Scott Pilgrim is kind of the hero of his own movie in his head. ”
“ Edgar described it really succinctly once. In a musical, when the emotion gets to be too much between the characters to be expressed in dialogue, they break out in song and nobody ever comments on it before or after. And in the Scott Pilgrim Universe, when it gets to be to much for the dialogue, they break out in a fight. He called it a “fightsical. ”
“ For the foreseeable future, convergence will be a kind of kludge - a jerry-rigged relationship between different media technologies - rather than a fully-integrated system. Right now, the cultural shifts, the legal battles, and the economic consolidations that are fuelling media convergence are preceding shifts in the technological infrastructure. The way in which those various transitions play themselves out will determine the balance of power within this new media era. ”
Pretty much all I’ve been talking about this entire time is the vast amount of media that perpetuates Scott Pilgrim. Graphic novels, as texts, are as dimensional as any given work of fiction, which is all well and good for someone who wants to flip through a comic book on an airplane, and maybe buy a second copy to keep in the original packaging for collector’s credentials. But this century has seen a clear shift in consumer trends, as predicted by Henry Jenkins. Put simply, audiences want more. Not just more action, more drama, more skin, but more of the same, more versions of the text they love and more ways to engage with it.