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5.0 out of 5 stars Why it's better than the movie..., March 9, 2010
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This review is from: Ghost World: The Special Edition (Hardcover)
In the Ghost World graphic novel, there is a sense of the masks that younger people try on, trying to pounce on others outside of their clique and keep close friends within their own small sphere as they move through life. Clowes repeatedly demonstrates how often choices are made just to entertain others by talking about it later on. You get a sense that the decisions people make are largely out of social stigmas, and he delineates so many of them that it appears entirely rational. He shows how many tensions there are in growing up, sure, but also within friendships (sexual and intellectual rivalries) and exposes the arbitrary nature of early relationships in a way that can often be surprisingly revelatory.

There an interesting theme of dodging the freaks that appear around them... until they end up on television at least. John Ellis' character seemed to hover around the issue of child molestation just to lightly suggest that Rebecca had experienced that in her past, as a contributing factor to her character.

I love that Enid was looking for one lame children's record the entire time as she tried on her various disguises over the years. It reminds you of the nostalgia that overwhelms you at around 18 where you realize how formative all of those interests proved to be.

The movie's decision to have an age-based romance between Enid and a record collector seemed shoehorned in, and the art class jokes take us away from the real point of the story in the graphic novel. Point being, if you have to choose one of them, get this.
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