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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  68,658 ratings  ·  2,518 reviews
1998 Öne Çıkan Çizgi Roman dalında Ignatz Ödülü sahibi: Bir Hollywood prodüksiyonuna esin kaynağı ve gelmiş geçmiş en beğenilen çizgi romanlardan biri.

Ghost World (Hayalet Dünya) kültürel anlamda bir dönüm noktası. Kendi jenerasyonunu aşmış, yıllar sonra da hala okunmaya devam eden bir kitap. İlk kez 1990’larda çığır açan Eightball’un sayfaları arasında yayımlanmaya başlay
Paperback, Türkçe, 80 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Karakarga Yayınları (first published March 1998)
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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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Two hours of my life that I will never get back!

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


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
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
HMM. I feel like I missed the train on this one. I know that it's a beloved cult classic and I cannot deny that so many of the parts worked: there are phenomenal panels, poignant moments, and some gorgeous illustration. Particularly two of the chapters, "Punk Day" and the final one, stuck out to me as resonant and powerful. However, in the end, it just didn't come together for me. Mainly it felt pessimistic, dreary, and a bit exhausting. Why are these women so grumpy CONSTANTLY? I'm very aware t ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Three and a half stars rounded up.

My wife doesn’t usually make graphic novel reading “suggestions”, but when she does, in order to keep a harmonious household, I’ll read it.

What have I got to lose?


She was spot on (read: lucky) with (randomly) choosing Daytripper, so I gave her powers of awesome comic book prophesy another go.

Summary: Two small-town adolescent best friends share snark about dudes, their future and the very meaning of life itself.

Who knew looking into the abyss could be so m
Dave Schaafsma
6/27/17 Reread for my YA GN/Comics summer class, discussed with clips from the movie, which more and more seems like a light rom-com version of the much deeper and richer (and grittier, nastier) book. One dimension of this book that seems clearer to me in this reading is that one of the things they are struggling with in this summer after high school graduation is sexuality, including some Q (of the GLTQ) moments. Who are they, and who do they want to become? Enid may be going to college; Rebecc ...more
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: kids, graphic
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,
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
Greta G
I read this so-called classic years ago, and it felt like a culture clash. To me it was obvious this wasn't written by a woman. That's not the way girls talk and think, at least not in my experience. ...more
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one GREAT companion piece to the motion picture.

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 part
In one of his interviews, the great graphic novelist Craig Thompson cites Daniel Clowes as a must-read graphic artist he admires. I admire Thompson’s work, so it makes sense I would seek out Clowes. This graphic novel was made into a movie in 2001 starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. I haven’t seen that yet, but it may well be the first sighting of Scarlett Johansson before big stardom.

A GR friend of mine wrote a deeply insightful meditation on the development of American cities in respo
Dan Schwent
I've been aware of Ghost World since it was serialized in Eightball but never quite got around to reading it. Since I've been a comic book fan off and on my entire life, I figured I'd give it a shot.

The art is fantastic. My only previous exposure to Daniel Clowes was issues of Cracked where he drew the adventures of The Uggly Family, an Addams Family parody. Anyway, I love the art. It's done in black, white, and green, giving it a very odd feel. If I had to compare Clowes' art to something, it w
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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There’s nothing really to say about this one. It’s nearly 20 years old, it’s a bit of a cult classic, a major motion picture was made, etc., etc., etc. Basically I’m late to the party and I read it because it was on some must read list of graphic novels I found (and lost) eons ago. Ghost World contains various snippets from the lives of lifelong friends Enid and Becky as they are on the cusp of adulthood and discovering may
Stacey (prettybooks)
Ghost World is the story of Enid 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 teen ...more
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
Jan 30, 2008 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
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
What can I say except...WOW! And, why has Daniel Clowes been hiding from me? (I suspect it's actually me failing to look hard enough!)

Ghost World (GW) is the first graphic novel by Clowes that I have had the pleasure of reading, and all I can say is that it is a delight from cover to cover. I loved the colour scheme, which is something I haven't come across before (an eerie/nostalgic blend of green and black and white), the dialogue which perfectly captured the teenage angst which prevailed thro
Sam Quixote
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this over a decade ago so I thought it was high time to return to what is widely regarded as Daniel Clowes’ masterpiece and one of the finest comics to crossover to mainsteam literature. I thought on re-reading it with my teen years behind me that the book would seem silly but I was pleasantly surprised to find the book still remains funny, clever, heart-wrenching, and compulsively vibrant throughout.

The story follows two teenage girls, Edie and Becca, as they contemplate the void follow
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
Kevin Shepherd
What it is: a near perfect synopsis of 1990's americana with fantastic artwork and a darkly comedic take on teen angst.

What it is not: a female perspective. Enid is the embodiment of an era; a wonderfully-rendered lovable-misfit, but she doesn't quite ring true (and I'm not entirely sure why).
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this on a whim and I'm certain I did not enjoy it this much 4 years ago. It's beautifully drawn and such an accurate description of a co-dependent adolescent best friendship. The ending made me so sad... ...more
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
Apr 07, 2011 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
J. Gonzalez- Blitz
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
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
There was just something about this that made me feel icky the entire time I was reading it.
Sep 28, 2011 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
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
Mar 11, 2016 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
Moi  Baltazar
"So what have you guys been up to?”

“Nothing, worshipping Satan."
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Do you remember Daria (I wish I was watching that instead), well this is basically Sick Sad World the comic... but not really, lot of subtext under all of that early 90s stuff.
Bryce Wilson
Jul 05, 2008 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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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 anthology Eightball (1989-2004), 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. With filmma ...more

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