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Ghost World

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  45,199 Ratings  ·  1,468 Reviews
From one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation comes a monumental work. The L.A. Weekly calls Clowes' comics "twisted and handsome"."Ghost World" follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, who are best friends and are facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Both are naturalistic and nostalgic for the way things used t ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 1998 by Fantagraphics Books
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Liam Read this in about 5 hours, slowly and intermittently as well, while waiting for things to run on my computer. Written in a way that doesn't encourage…moreRead this in about 5 hours, slowly and intermittently as well, while waiting for things to run on my computer. Written in a way that doesn't encourage breaks either, I think it's pretty light-going, continuous dialogue which doesn't have many points you have to really mull over.(less)

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Alejandro
Two hours of my life that I will never recover!


This is the graphic novel edition of “Ghost World” by Fantagraphics Books, originally published as chapters, in the comic book series “Eightball” #11-18.


Creative Team:

Writer & Illustrator: Daniel Clowes


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

People who read my reviews know that I’m not usually negative (for not saying of giving 1-star ratings) when I am commenting about my readings, and being that negative, doesn’t cause me any joy, sadly when I do feel that
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jo
Feb 08, 2010 jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jo by: the intertubes
Shelves: graphic, kids
american representations of adolescents and post-adolescents in films and books have always left me cold, if not alienated. why do i have so little in common with these kids? why was my life and the lives of the italian teens i currently know and follow so vastly different? i blame american culture of violence and vice (for lack of a better world), kids' need to find themselves in drunkenness and drugs, when we had... what? what did we have? what do the italian kids i know have?

i think we had,
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MissAnnThrope
Remember those angry, bitchy girls in high school, who sat around judging people and talking smack behind everyone's back? Okay, now imagine being locked in a box for an hour forced to listen to those jealous twits and you've got Ghost World in a nutshell.

I have been wanting to read Ghost World for ages. I stumbled across a copy of it at the library, so finally picked it up. I think if I had originally read this a decade ago, I might not have disliked the characters so much. Maybe I wasn't in th
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Γκέλλυ
Apr 14, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2016
Από τις λίγες φορές που δεν ξέρω τι βαθμολογία να βάλω, ίσως γράφοντας τα παρακάτω καταφέρω να αποφασίσω.

Στο Ghost world παρακολουθούμε την καθημερινή ζωή δυο έφηβων κοριτσιών, της Enid και της Rebecca. Είναι κολλητές, μοιράζονται τα πάντα, βολτάρουν στην πόλη που μένουν, συζητούν για τα αγόρια, για την πολιτική, για το τι θα κάνουν στην ζωή τους.

Η κεντρική ιδέα ήταν η φιλία και το πέρασμα από την εφηβεία στην ενηλικίωση. Οι διάλογοι ήταν απολαυστικοί, εντελώς κυνικό χιούμορ, το είδος που μου α
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Andy
Jan 30, 2008 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix-novel
The worst thing that happened to “Ghost World” was that a movie was made of it, because it pawned the book effortlessly. Dan Clowes’ book was so cynical and condescending towards its subject matter that the film couldn’t help making the girls more likeable.

Case in point: when Enid and Rebecca are watching a lousy comic on television the Movie Enid says, “this guy rules, I want to totally do him”, it’s said with a dose of sarcasm and demented humor. The Book Enid says it with a jaded tone and a v
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book you can finish in a day.

3.5 stars

I needed a literary palette cleanser because I'm not totally feeling anything right now. I just watched this movie last week and thought maybe I needed to revisit this book. I need to start out by saying that the Terry Zwigoff film based on this graphic novel is absolute perfection to me. It is one of my top five favorite movies and reminds me of high school when it came out, all the good things about teen angst, self-loathing and counter-culture, fin
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Ghost World is the story ofEnid and Becky, two best friends growing up and growing apart. It's hailed as "a must for any self-respecting comics fan's library". Perhaps it's because I wasn't a teen in 90s USA, or perhaps I because I just wasn't like these particular teens, but I found them too pretentious and unpleasant to appreciate what happened to them. Although I enjoyed the occasional panel, the story and artwork didn't work for me. I welcome graphic novels about what it's like to be a teena ...more
Jim Ef
Apr 20, 2016 Jim Ef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was different.
“Ghost world” Is basically a look in the life of two friends Enid and Rebecca. It felt very real, like Daniel Clowes decided to write about the life of two of his friends.

If I have to describe it with only one word, that word would be cynical. The characters are like real life people, not to much likeable or dislikeable, it’s just people living their life. And their teenage life was great until the time came to grow up. It’s amazing how accurate it's shown how each and every
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Kim
I had heard great things about this and was on board until I found out it was a graphic novel. Okay, don't hate me, but something abou graphic novels turns me off. Right from the get-go. It's completely shallow. I wish I could tell you why. Maybe it has to do with the fact that when I was 16 my best friend was into them. And when I say 'into them' what I really mean is that she found a boy she liked who liked comics so she had to know absolutely everything there was to know about the genre and i ...more
Panagiotis
Apr 28, 2016 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το Ghost World δεν είναι κόμικς, είναι γκράφικ νόβελ: τα καρέ του δεν μπλέκονται το ένα μέσα στο άλλο, έχουν σαφή ρυμοτομία. Τα σχέδια είναι επιμελώς απλοϊκά, η υπόθεση περιστρέφεται γύρω από ανθρώπινους προβληματισμούς άνευ δράσεως. Γκράφικ νόβελ τα λένε. Εγώ τα λέω κόμικς κι αυτά.

Έχει κάτι από ανεξάρτητο κινηματογράφο η διήγηση. Οι χαρακτήρες είναι ελαφρώς δυσλειτουργικοί, δύο κοπέλες που περιφέρονται στην ζωή τους, χλευάζουν, θάβουν κάθε συμβατικό και μη άνθρωπο που συναντούν. Τις απασχολούν
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Cindy
Jun 13, 2011 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Don't hate me, Jayme! I liked it but didn't love it.

Two best friends since childhood fight but are inseparable sometime after high school but before college/work/life. They have no plans for the future, so they wallow in their silly lives, pushing around everyone around them. Really, they are flailing in that teenage angsty way.

Clowes captures the Essence of Hipster Friendship*. Everybody sucks, everything is lame - but if it's extremely lame, then it becomes cool again. It's up to each hipster
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Donna
Mar 22, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read very many comics or graphic novels, but I thought I'd explore them more this year starting with this book which kept popping up on "best of" lists in its category.

My first surprise when I opened the book was seeing that every skillfully drawn picture was in black and white and green--a ghostly green--so I guess this made sense considering the book's title and how it and the colors echoed the feeling of limbo and separateness that the main characters had from a more substantial and
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David Schaafsma
Ghost World is Clowes's comics masterpiece, his first book work to to cross over from alternative comics into mainstream success, with a film adaptation. One of the first alt comics ever to do that, actually. The text features two recent girls, Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer, recent graduates of high school, both disaffected and cynical. They seem to hate everything, and pretty darkly humorously so. One of my favorite moments is when Rebecca makes the claim that Enid hates all men. Enid s ...more
Evan
I could easily see myself depicted in a panel in this lovely graphic novel, with its snarky young teen heroine Enid reading my review of it and saying something like: "I mean, what kind of loser dork has the time to write a *review* of a 20-year-old graphic novel. Probably some middle-age loser living in his mom's basement."

Actually, I have written Goodreads reviews in my mom's basement. So, touche' Enid.

But I am writing this one in my own home, the double-mortgaged one. So, sweet Enid, allow on
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Estelle
As a big fan of the movie adaptation I've always been curious but slightly hesitant to read the comic book. Especially after hearing some people weren't too fond of it.

Well, I kinda loved it! It's was a bit weird (the non-linear narrative, the use of only two colors, the bleak ending), but also hilarious, cynical and angsty but without taking itself too seriously (at least imo).
Can't say I personally relate to either Enid or Rebecca, but I felt like I know those girls, I've seen bits and piece
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christa
I just stopped hating Daniel Clowes' graphic novel "Ghost World" like 7 minutes ago. Literally. I've had a long history of hating the listless bitches Enid and Rebecca and their ironic diner hopping, misfit hounding and personality contriving. But it just went away. Like a decade-old hate fever that finally broke.

Fact: My boyfriend and I rarely fight. So rarely that I can remember that we did have a fight in 2007 while watching the movie "Ghost World" about how much I hated the movie "Ghost Worl
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Rebecca McNutt
Ghost World isn't a bad graphic novel, but I found it really overrated and rather vulgar at times in an unnecessary way, similar to films like Mary Jane Isn't a Virgin Anymore... it got to the point where it was just crude and immature. On the bright side the art inside, the drawings of scenery and people, was amazing and worth it just to see it all.
Bryce Wilson
Jul 05, 2008 Bryce Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a great affection for Ghost World in both book and movie form, and not just because half of the movie was shot like three blocks from my apartment (The movie theater Enid works at for awhile really is THAT pathetic).

It speaks truth to (lack of) power. Most films about Geeks and Geek Culture tend to give us the upper hand, even when they proclaim themselves observations. A book like High Fidelity gently questions are assumptions and styles. Ghost World slaps you upside the head, making no
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Q.
Oct 03, 2011 Q. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I can see how this comic would have massive cult appeal to the 'disenfranchised youth' of the 90's. However, this book is the bastard child of Strangers in Paradise and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac with a dash of Clerks. It has all the negativity of both books (Plus Daria and Roseanne) but none of the wit, charm or cleverness.

Don't get me wrong, I love negativity. Negativity is awesome if delivered with some class. This book has no class.

Like mommy Strangers in Paradise it features two young woma
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Brad
May 20, 2012 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Well crafted, but excruciating to read, as the characters are both unlikeable, but in desperate need of the reader's sympathy as they're so pathetic. Kelly and I talked about how much less likeable the characters are in the book than they are in the movie (and they aren't exactly loveable in that incarnation, either).

In fact, Clowes' entire world is rather pathetic. Not only are almost all of the people in it pathetic, the physical world is pathetic, too (strip malls,
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Lacey Louwagie
Nov 07, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who remember their best girlhood friends
Shelves: graphicnovels
I read this graphic novel after watching the movie of the same name. My main critique of it is that some of the teenagers look middle-aged and that there were places where frames seemed to be missing -- I think I would have been a little more disoriented without the movie to guide me. But other than that, I feel totally freaked that a man could write about bitter teenage girlfriends drifting apart with such skill, sensitivity, and accuracy. If you want a comparison, the novel definitely pierces ...more
Amanda
There was just something about this that made me feel icky the entire time I was reading it.
Klinta (book owly)
Full review.

This book is a graphic novel about two friends who have just finished high school and is stumbling in the middle of being child and adult. They use strong language and talk about sex a lot although there’s not that much action actually in the book, it shows typical things that happen when coming of age and searching for the new identity. It also touches the subjects of leaving everything to create a new personality because of hating their current one, it talks about leaving friends t
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Sharm Alagaratnam
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes has been the only comic book so far from the library that I haven't enjoyed completely. It was a pretty strong reaction as well, as while reading the book I felt an almost physical urge to put it down. I had to think about why this was so for quite a while before realizing that far from the book being bad, it was instead too good.

I'll explain. The book follows the lives of two teenage girls in smalltown America somewhere. Its anonymity is key to the atmosphere as the
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Jenny Devildoll
Jan 22, 2011 Jenny Devildoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, teen
A male friend of mine once commented that the main characters of Ghost World didn't seem authentic because "their interests didn't seem to ring true for teenage girls". Actually,it's more that their interests didn't follow the spoon fed formula that most media TELLS us are the interests of most teenage girls. This is not a book about dating, makeovers, and popularity. It is the story of two sort of quirky girls who are above average intelligence(though not quite brilliant or anything)in a town t ...more
Yumna
Apr 30, 2014 Yumna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that hates themselves
A tale (not even, there was no plot) about two angsty teenage girls that go out of their way to judge anything and everything to compensate for their drastic self loathing. I had watched the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it, then read the book and found that so many changes were made - and for good reason, the book was complete, utter shit.

There was no plot (which is alright if anything else about it was good, but nothing was), the characters had minimal development that had only occurred towards
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Fabian
May 26, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great companion piece to the movie. Sure, this one started it all but it is interesting to see where the screenwriter's words maintained such a close fidelity to Clowes's vision; keeping the same spirit of the book in the movie is a wonder to behold. While the film seems incredibly depressing at times, the comic manages to make you feel that there is no sadness in the Ghost World world, only wackiness and teenage girl banter, um "Daria meets Pulp Fiction." There was one particular gag ...more
Susie
Jun 08, 2009 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quirky, arty girls.
this is one of those books that forces me to marvel at the rare accuracy of middle-aged men able to represent the thought processes of young women in minor rebellion and the mundane appeal of their stupid, witty banter. in short, when i read this and when i re-read this twenty times over, i felt like i was reading a well documented account of day-to-day with my friends from when i was a teenager. truly awesome.

also, it's a comic book. i adore dan clowes' drawing style, but that's apparent.
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 29, 2015 Scarlet Cameo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-15, comics
"No quiero ir a ninguna parte ni hacer nada ¡Sólo quiero que todo siga como en el instituto!"

Terminar este libro me dejo con una sensación de vacío. Sí ya pasaste por la época en que sales de la preparatoria y no tienes idea de que hacer con tu vida, este cómic lo único que hará será recordarte esa desolación. Sí haz visto la película lo más seguro es que recuerdes un halo de comedia, pero aquí es mucho menos notorio, la historia se centra más n el abandono, la desesperanza, la decepción, la a
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C.J. Cummings
Jul 12, 2015 C.J. Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-owned
I am a big fan of the movie, Ghost World, and saw it before I ever read the comic book. I picked the book up though and had a lot of fun with it. The character of Enid is so snarky and rude and obnoxious and judgmental that it's tough to actually "like" her, but you do feel sympathy for her obvious discomfort with her place in life and the fact that she is so vividly lost and unsure of her path. The story tells the tale of two friends, Enid and Rebecca, as they wander the streets of their local ...more
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Daniel Gillespie Clowes is an Academy Award-nominated American author, screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books. Most of Clowes' work appears first in his ongoing anthology Eightball (1989-present), a collection of self-contained narratives and serialized graphic novels. Several of these narratives have been collected published separately as graphic novels, most notably Ghost World. ...more
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