Ghost World: Special Edition Hardcover – Special Edition, 6 Mar 2008
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like my review of Watchmen i will keep this to the specifics of the Special Edition compared to the normal Trade Paperback (i already own the uk paperback edition).
I would say that to fully enjoy this edition you must be a fan of the film as well as the graphic novel, about equal attention has been given to both in this book. I personally liked the film alot (the director is the guy who directed CRUMB & Art School Confidential).
The first thing i was impressed with about this special edition is the quality of the book itself. As hardbacks go this is solidly constructed and made with quality materials. The printing is also a marked improvement over the paperback, the format is very slightly larger and the inks and paper used are much better quality. The black separation is sharp and solid throughout and the green plate is far more vibrant and `minty' compared to the paperback, i think it is worth buying the special edition for this reason alone! (I honestly think the construction of this book is near perfect).
The extras included that stood out for me were the 2 page `where are they now' intro, lengthy annotations by Clowes for his book and the film, graphic novel / film tie-in posters, sunshine cinema poster, japanese and german covers of the original paperback, all the artwork for merchandise packaging, Eightball covers that feature the girls, original art with rubylith overlay (so you can see how it was sent to the printers!) and interesting notes by Terry Zwigoff (director of the film).
I would recommend this to people who re-read Ghost World alot and who are fans of the film. It really is the definitive edition of this popular graphic novel- published with care and attention to detail. Highly Recommended.
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"Ghost World" was released way back in the 90's during the height of the cynical teen culture. They swear! They complain! They mope! Nobody in the world can possibly understand what they're going through! But, we do. If you read this book at the appropriate age, (I would say around 13-17.) then you were probably sucked right into their world.
They are truly philosophers of teenage angst. If you read it after your teenage/young adult years, you'll simply see them as whining kids. Which is fair, they are, but no book besides "The Catcher in the Rye" so perfectly captured teenage angst in its pure roots. Throw this book at a surly teen and they will treasure it forever, making them feel not so alone. Heavens, it might even make them laugh occasionally!
I grew up reading this book. When I first got it, I was a misfit in High School and could empathize with the loner outcast feel they sent off. When I grew a little older into my late teens, I understood how people grow up and grow apart, and had a falling out with my best friend that mirrored events in the book itself. Finally, I realized how there was more to life than simply sitting down and feeling sorry for yourself. Now, in my young adult stage, I can see the girls for what they are: A perfect time capsule of one point in every persons life. They aren't great thinkers except for what they are at that exact stage.
You may not truly appreciate the depths the book has unless you had read it while younger. But if you can remember teen years, then its worth it to pick up a copy.
This is a fantastic release. It has the original book with all the art work intact, along with original copies of the book from the Eightball magazine. It has lots of concept art, promotional art, merchandise photos, and new comics made just for this release. In addition it contains the movie script and soundtrack album artwork.
If you want the full "Ghost World" experience, this is the version to buy. Especially now that it's so close to the cost of the mass paperback edition. Buy this, it had much more stuff in it and is worth the 20$ extra. It has exactly the same mass paperback along with all the extras mentioned. Truly a treasure I return to year after year.
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.
Enid and Rebecca are best friends who constantly shout insults at each other, because that's how they communicate. I'm not used to seeing people talk this way in books, but I also know people who talk this way. It's not over-the-top or malicious...it's real.
The girls also don't know what they want in their future, especially Enid. She's graduated from high school and her father is pressing for college. She's not interested in college, but she doesn't want to disappoint her father, and she doesn't know what to do instead of school, either. She doesn't look for a job or try to figure out the next step in her life.
Enid and Rebecca are very cynical and caustic, but they live in a world where they can see no other way to act. Everyone around them is pretentious or clueless...or both. The stuff on television and in magazines strikes them as ridiculous. They can't stand the people around them. It's an excellent portrayal of alienation, especially teenage alienation. Even when Enid and Rebecca aren't being nice, they're still understandable. This graphic novel is very funny, but it's also very sad, and sometimes it's both at the same time. The saddest part is when Enid and Rebecca pull a prank on a man trying to meet a woman, but the girls, especially Enid, don't realize what they've done until it's too late.
Ghost World is very well known in the comics world, a sort of classic in the field. Others might be familiar with the critically acclaimed movie based on it and starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi. While some of what's in the comic carries directly over into the movie, and the feel of it remains the same, the comic is often quite different. In the movie, Enid falls for Seymour, the character played by Buscemi; in the book, all Enid does is play a prank on the character that would become Seymour in the film. The comic isn't as plot-strong as the movie, instead feeling more like a series of vignettes. Though it's only 80 pages long, this graphic novel still manages to leave a deep impression.
Reviewed by Danica Davidson
Annotations to the comic (front and back covers included!), the out of print screenplay for the Ghost World film
Artwork for the cd soundtrack, and for the Enid doll. Also, some Enid cartoons and all that a fan of the comic (originally printed in Eightball) and film could want
Published October 2008
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